We are all trying to make small changes every day to improve the lives and wellbeing of the other humans, plants and animals we share our world with, to improve our chances of surviving the impending climate collapse. It can certainly feel overwhelming to consider the many different ecological crises that we are now simultaneously facing, including biodiversity collapse and climate change, and as the summer months begin, drought, famine and wildfires.
However, one way to ward off the deep feelings of fear and dread regarding climate change is to take small but meaningful and conscious steps to reduce your impact on the natural world and to help make the world a better place. Indulging in feelings of apathy and dread will not solve anything – taking action and raising awareness will, though.
If you are an eco-conscious gambler, you very likely have asked yourself whether it is more eco-friendly to gamble online or in person at brick and mortar establishments. It may surprise you to learn that online casinos are actually more eco-friendly than traditional casinos – keep reading to learn why.
Resources, resources, resources
All buildings require resources to run and maintain. We are currently all feeling the squeeze as energy prices skyrocket and it has suddenly become incredibly expensive to turn the heat on. Large commercial buildings require even more gas, electricity and water than residential buildings because they are larger and typically also have larger rooms (which are more difficult to heat up or cool down).
Casinos, of course, are known to have open plan layouts and to feature very large rooms. This is part of what makes gambling in casinos fun and exciting for many tourists who visit different cities, such as Las Vegas, Monte Carlo, London and Macau, and want to see the grandeur of massive gambling rooms.
Those large, impressive rooms are expensive to heat and cool, and in places such as Las Vegas and Macau, proper air conditioning is essential. The resources needed to run such large buildings (oftentimes for nearly 24 hours a day) are significant.
No more traveling
One of the primary reasons why the online casino industry has skyrocketed in popularity over the course of the last few years is because of the ease and convenience of online gambling. Rather than taking a bus or driving to a casino in order to gamble, gamblers can place bets and play games from wherever they are, with their mobile device.
Online gambling has become so popular that many online gambling platforms now offer various online casino bonuses in order to attract the attention of prospective gamblers. Gambling online rather than in person is the more eco-friendly option because gambling online does not require transport to a particular place.
Unless a casino is within walking or cycling distance, many gamblers will choose to take their car. This only increases the number of cars on the road and the amount of carbon dioxide and other pollutants that are released into the atmosphere.
Another aspect of brick and mortar casinos that is likely to surprise you is the fact that they generate a considerable amount of waste. As anyone who has ever stepped into a casino (or even seen a casino depicted in the movies) knows, casinos are not just places for gambling. Casinos are social hubs that also offer drinks, food and entertainment.
One result of this is that there is much more waste than in domestic environments. The amount of food waste in private homes is certainly an issue, but commercial kitchens are known to have much bigger food waste problems. On top of that, anything disposable, such as plates, cutlery and napkins, also contributes to a level of waste that is very different from that of private homes.
Other ways to go green
There are many other ways to go green – regardless of whether you are a tourist in a new city or a longtime resident. One of the best ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle is to refrain from using a car – as much as possible.
If you are taking a trip, why not opt for a train journey where possible, instead of a flight? And if you are visiting a city, check out the cycling options and public transport available before renting a car or settling on taking cabs. On top of that, you can bring your own reusable mug from home in order to reduce your waste while traveling. These are just a few other ways you can go green.