What The Rio Olympics Teach About Preparing For Climate Change
We Were Promised The Greenest Olympics Ever. We Got An Ecological Disaster.
Natasha Geiling, August 2, 2016 (ClimateProgress)
“… The 2016 Olympics were billed as ‘Green Games for a Blue Planet’ during the bidding process…In their bid to play host, Rio officials insisted the event would bring much-needed sustainable development to the city…[and rectify] a myriad of social and environmental ills…[T]hey would capture the raw sewage, and treat it, and the Guanabara Bay — once designated as one of the seven natural wonders of the world — would be clean once again…[There have been small improvements to the subway and bus systems and the port neighborhood was revitalized but other projects] have fallen far short…The Guanabara Bay, the site of sailing events during the games, remains filled with raw sewage, trash, and worse…[and the Olympic golf course has been called] an ‘ecological holocaust’…[Rio joins the list of countless cities that have tried to use the Olympics as a catalyst for transformation and failed…[But there is another legacy beyond] the borders of the Olympic Games…[Preparing for climate change] takes years of meticulous planning, methodical preparation, and dogged execution…[Rio’s] government has created a plan [that will be] executed more faithfully…” click here for more