Eric Snyder writes: "As I was reading your blog about frisbee golfing, I thought... "now there's a pesticide free, environmentally friendly sport.". Then, your search for "compelling reason".... Here's a compelling reason.... What if your game invention process looked at ways of converting environmentally damaging games into environmentally friendly games. eg. golf -> frisbee golf.... [no clubs, no shoes, no golf course required ] This could be a useful and "fun" way of sensitizing people to their unintended impacts on the environment."

I guess this is another thing I like about the beach and the play therearoundabouts - it's an environment that keeps renewing itself - all the castles and excavations getting built and then washed away for the next day's generation of players. My guess is that as long as a game stays a game (unofficial, unregulated) it has a good chance of staying environmentally friendly. Games like halfball and stoopball are built to respond to the existing environment rather than creating their own.

Once a game gets "officialized," the game starts taking over the environment. Halfball and streetball become baseball. Wallball becomes squash. Even Frisbee Golf has courses and holes.

The key to environmentally friendly sports, I think, is to keep them informal, unofficial. Once things get to the point where they can be commercialized, it's too late.

I guess the best we can do for the environment is to keep inventing more games, keep making new games out of the old.


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