The acts involved in parkour themselves are not environmentally harmful. Parkour doesn’t require its participants to wear special equipment, so it doesn’t harm the environment on that front either.
However, parkour does require the existence of large manmade structures. Thankfully, parkour is about using existing buildings, and not making new ones. As long as special structures aren’t made specifically for parkour, one can consider parkour to be a green sport. Parkour reuses and repurposes preexisting buildings, which may already have a use by themselves. It is a sport that revolves around using what is there, rather than building large stadiums, tracks, or courts.
I don’t think that it. Even though it does not need any equipment, it relies on man made buildings. Not only any buildings either, there are old and new ones used. I think that if you add these buildings into the equation, parkour requires as much or more than any other sport.
I completely agree with yzezzy about how parkour encourages the concepts of reuse and innovation over building and consumption — brilliant point.
I also think parkour is admirable in producing a sport which encourages sustainable, active living in urban environments. In populated, overbuilt areas, consumption is made a mandatory lifestyle choice for many people who don’t have the means to access safe recreational spaces. In these situations, consumption becomes the only viable option some people have for productive activity. Parkour gives people another option, encouraging people to be active and use their bodies to rebel against the very institutions that force them into sedentary lifestyles in the first place.
So conceptually, parkour is very green indeed!
(I’ve cited the page of an environmentally-themed parkour activist group. Everything exists on the Internet!)
hlennon & yzezzy have the right ideas.
Parkour is about using existing architecture and surroundings to your advantage. It’s not about man-made structures at all, it just happens that most people who train live in the urban environment and thats what they have to work with…
If you look at the roots of Parkour you’ll see that it was initially Georges Hébert’s legacy of the idea of méthode naturelle, where one is able to maintain a peak physical performance by training in various methods which require little or no equipment, just the ability and functionality of the human body.
Parkour is more than just the tricks, youtube videos and hollywood hype! It’s a discipline, where the practitioners (Traceurs) aim to find how able their bodies are and push their physical and mental abilities to their peak. Allowing them to be strong and useful in any number of situations. In a world where computer games and conformity are becoming the norm it’s one of the more liberating activities/disciplines. 🙂
In support of the previous two answers, Parkour does not require man made structures. The sport at its purest is the art of getting from one point to another in the quickest amount of time. For instance, Parkour can involve a sprint through a grass field and then a fast climb to the top of a tree. Neither of these features are man made, but both of them are still considered Parkour
What the Vibram Running footwear aims to do would be to protect the soles in our feet (who really desires hard, calloused and possible chop up feet) and allow us to rediscover and also to get in tune using the way our body is intended to move.
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