Our leisure choices are one of the main ways in which we impact on the environment and are also a critical factor in our wellbeing.  With rapid urbanisation globally and increasingly hectic lives, many people are finding it increasingly difficult to find adequate leisure time as well as community spaces to spend time with friends.

Many cities across the world are increasingly acknowledging the importance of green space as a means of supplying a low cost, low carbon means of providing an opportunity for people to spend time with friends.  In addition, studies have also shown that exposure to nature is extremely beneficial for wellbeing.  The provision of public spaces has a long history in Europe and North America, but these are not always available in poorer areas.  To alleviate this issue, there is an ongoing campaign in the United States to provide a public park within a ten minute walk for all citizens.  Local governments in industrialising countries have also started developing public parks.

Other options for local leisure include developing low carbon nights out through hosting events such as game nights or storing a library of books and board games.  Lending libraries for seldom-used sports or outdoors gear can be another means of lowering the carbon impact of leisure activities.

What else is there?  What policies, instruments, frameworks, projects or initiatives do you know about for low-carbon leisure?  Are there policies in your country, region or city to facilitate and encourage this?  Do you know about or are you involved in projects in your community, school or business that promote low-carbon leisure?

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