Ten Worst Carbon Footprint Sports

With our readers input, GreenBlizzard  compiled our  list of the TEN Worst Carbon Footprint Sports.

To no ones surprise, every sport on the list involves a large, CO2-belching combustion engine and lots of oil based infrastructure. The differentiating factor was size of the engine, overall fuel consumption, the relative size of the sport, and breadth of the fan base (how far they typically motor).

We factored in overall audience size,  number of participants, the direct carbon output from the participating vehicles, the contributing impact of all the fans transportation to/from the event,  fan’s carbon impact at the event (i.e. tailgate consumables, RV – AC), and the overall infrastructure of the sport (track, stadium, duration….)

“The envelop please” (queue the drum roll……)

  2. Formula One
  3. Drag Boat Racing
  4. Motocross – motorcycle
  5. RV Camping
  6. Recreational Motor Boating
  7. Jet Skis
  8. Drag Car Racing
  9. Air Races
  10. Motocross-ATV

From a carbon reduction standpoint, we’ll go out on a limb here and suggest that you boycott these sports and vote with your interest and share of wallet and divert your recreational bandwidth to other more sustainable sporting activities. 

We’re working on a Top 10 Sustainable List at the moment – hiking and urban walks have a commanding early lead.

Now, it is unlikely that anytime soon we’ll see any major Hybrid Car Races replace the current car racing circuits. 

Although Jay Leno as a regular part of his nightly show used to feature his Green Car Challenge, featuring celebrities who will take turns trying to best one another’s track times in a specially prepared Ford Focus-based battery car. New York Times Article (Sept 14th 2009) and New York Times Article – Jay Leno’s Green Car Challenge (September 19th 2009).

Regardless of the varrooom… it looks like Jay Leno and his guests are having a lot of fun behind the wheel of these hyrids and plug-ins during these races.  After all, the fun factor is usually simply relative to the power of the other vehicle you’re racing.

Maybe later tonight, the Green Blizzard office team will sneak about to the local mall parking lot and challenge another Prius owner to a few laps in ECO mode (battery-only mode)!

Another Green Blizzard articles about getting around and lowering your carbon footprint while doing so:Car Color – Light vs Dark


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.