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Leisure activities, time and environment

The intention of this paper is to explore the relationships between leisure activities and the environment. Most research on leisure is unrelated to environmental issues, but when this research is 'read' through environmental 'glasses', it provides relevant inputs for environmental studies. The paper thus investigates the leisure literature in order to identify some of the environmentally interesting trends in the development of leisure activities. As leisure is usually conceived in terms of a specific segment of time or in terms of a certain selection of activities, the paper focuses on time use and activities rather than various categories of consumer spending.

Keywords: leisure activities, leisure consumption, time allocation, environment, harriedness, double dividend, environmental impact, sustainable consumption, sustainable development, sustainability

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