Modern life is hard. Without exercise, health suffers, but what do you do if your favorite physical activity hurts the environment as well?
Luckily, most of these sports are only harmful at the professional level, or in places where lots of people are participating at once. The following six sports are some of the most harmful to the environment:
Skydiving doesn’t at first seem like it would cause a large problem. It’s the kind of activity that people do once every couple years, rather than every day. However, there is such a thing as professional, competitive skydiving, and each plane requires constant refueling. If it’s something that you enjoy, consider base-jumping, which is more sustainable, instead.
4. Skiing and Snowboarding
Although skiing is one of the best sports in the world (I may be biased), resorts are often difficult to get to and a lot of material and energy goes into making gear. Luckily, many resorts are switching over to renewable energy, so soon skiiers will be able to indulge guilt-free.
5. Drag Boat Racing
Drag boat racing enthusiasts may be few and far between, but surprisingly, there are specialty boats designed just for this purpose. They also happen to emit a lot of pollution in order to achieve maximum speed.
One of the most beloved sports out there, this might be a tough pill to swallow for some. Golf courses use 4 billion gallons of water every day, though, and their gaining popularity means that more of them are being built every day. It may be time to give up the “green”, so to speak.