Players Not Spectators. Sports IIlustrated Does Green


Gee, we no sooner talk about the Trek's Lime bike with Shimano's automatic gearing, and lo and behold, there it is in Sports IIlustrated, as a side bar to their cover story on global warming and sports. Article runs over four pages and covers a conceptual self-sustaining and carbon-neutral sports arena designed by architectural firm SmithGroup (for SI) and a Middlebury College lacrosse team that bought enough wind power renewable-energy credits to offset its carbon footprint. They make suggestions as to what greener cars a NBA team might drive, comparing MPG. SI also observe that John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Jim Courier, Janet Evans, Aaron Peirsol and others, have signed on as ambassadors for the Global Water Foundation and that Alaska's Iditarod dogsled race hasn't set off from its traditional start point for the past five years ,due to lack of snow, and that the famous 11-city skating marathon along frozen Dutch canals has run only once in the past 20 years. They even quote eco-advocate Bill McKibben about his Step It Up campaign. The article is remarkably long on global warming, its effects and the responses we can undertake, while short on sport. But the package is nicely tied together with this closing thought: " ... let us remember that this game is different. We don't have the luxury of looking on from the sidelines. We must become players too." ::Sports IIlustrated., via Grist and EcoGeek.