How Green is our Sport
Not the first time this has been aired.
But with the Bali conference underway there is press coverage of all angles here in Australia where for instance a major daily newspaper ran an article on the 'surfing industry'. The line was that the production of hard core surfing gear (boards, wet suits etc) is in reality only a fraction of the turnover of the major surfing brands. Their main income lines are from fashion clothing & accessories where the environmental footprint is suspect especially as most manufacture is outsourced to nations with lax environmental standards.
Over the years WS production has become more automated under controlled conditions as the materials used are toxic in their plastic form. The cottage end of the industry has declined which is good because of the risks to WS board builder's health (cancer etc).
Having got our hands on the gear the sailing bit is environmentally neutral (wind power is good eh) and I suspect most people sail locally thus keeping pollution from the transport by car or air to a minimum (drive less & sail more).
My gut reaction is that the WS industry and the sport are very low on the environmental radar. That said, more and more human activities are going to come under scrutiny for their environmental impacts. So is there anything that the WS community (producers, users, event organisers etc) can/should be doing to improve/demonstrate its already sound environmental credentials?