2018 is a big sports year with lots of great events. Some of them are already finished, like the Winter Olympics for example, while others such as the FIFA World Cup are soon to begin.
Great Sport events means festive atmosphere, parties, community and joy. It means tourism, jobs, creativity and powerful sport performance. But great sport events also means increased climate impact due to new arenas, consumption and traveling. That’s why I always feel mixed emotions before a major championship.
Yesterday, though, I read something that made me happy. I was doing a bit research about how the FIFA World Cup will affect the environment and found an environmental campaign started by FIFA in favor of low-carbon development projects. Does it sound great? At FIFA.com you can read more about their work for the climate and sign up to the Climate Action Campaign and contribute. FIFA offset 2,9 tonnes of carbon emissions for each person that joins the campaign.
You can do more!
This is not all you can do to reduce the impact from the Football World Cup. If you are going to Russia to watch the matches live you can choose more eco friendly transport options like train or busses. Which options that are available depends on wherefrom you travel of course. At their website Fifa stated that traveling to and from the World Cup and between the venues is what contributes to the most emissions of greenhouse gases.
Beside choosing more eco friendly transports I also recommend that you follow news about the championship via the Internet. As you probably already know, paper magazines are an environmental burden.
Personally I will follow the championship via oddsexpert.co.uk and watch the matches on television. As you know I like to gamble and at odds expert you can find the best odds from the bookmakers online. They also present interesting offers from the betting companies as well.
The World Cup in football is a huge event. The biggest in the world of sports. It´s not hard to imagine how major events like this have a huge environmental impact. Just think about how many water bottles that will be consumed, the production of advertisement gadgets and the littering.
Designers all over the world makes a great job in designen climate-smart arenas. But that’s not enough. Traveling, consumption and littering also have a big impact which is important to consider.
It has happened a lot in the transport sector in the last decades. We have got greener cars that consume less fuel, hybrid cars driven by petrol, electricity or ethanol and we have got well- functioning electric cars. This is a big step to a greener world, but it´s not enough, things need to be done in other areas of the transport sector as well.
The flight industry and boat industry need to take further steps to minimize their impact on the environment. I know that the flight industry works hard to lower the fuel consumption since it would be economically viable to use less fuel. To reduce the fuel consumption the engineers and the designers have to review the entire aircraft design to see what they can do to make the airplane less fuel-consuming. Weight, engines and aerodynamic is some of the parameters the designers and engineers work with in their effort to make greener airplanes.
Carbon fibres is used to make the airplanes lighter and bio-fuel is used by some airlines to reduce their impact on the environment, and in the future ecodriving might be something that is used in air traffic as well. It is hard to say how you can improve the flying industry since you don’t want to increase the chances of accidents with the planes. We can only hope that they will be able to make an inventions that makes the pollution connected to the flight industry decrease.
I am really looking forward to see how the flight industry will solve the pollution problems. It will also be interesting to see how the car industry will develop. Right now Tesla is the big name when it comes to electric cars, will they continue to develop or will the big brand names take over?
If you want to think about the environment while traveling around the world or only to your job, here are a few tips on what you can think about:
1. Take the bus or ride on your bike to work instead of taking the car. If you live so far away that car is the only option, at least try to go to work with your colleagues. Perhaps you are a few people that can go in the same car and only take one instead of five different.
2. Try to book trips without having to fly. The flight industry is one of the worst for the environment, so if flying is the first options, then both train and car is accepted as traveling options!
3. And of course while you are at your destination, rent some bikes or walk a lot in the city. It is a great way to find places you probably wouldn’t visit otherwise. Depending on what you like you should choose a hotel that i located so that you don’t have to make a lot of traveling. If you prefer the city, maybe it is better if you are staying there and then travel to the beach once, instead of living near the beach and traveling to the city every day!