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London Olympics 2012

Green Olympics?

So…here we go! The countdown has begun for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games with the official slogan “Inspire a Generation” which will be held in London from 27 July to 12 August 2012 featuring 26 different sports. Celebrations combined with controversy have been the history of Olympics. With ever-growing threat of climate change being faced by the globe, the chiefs are much more concerned about the environmental damage caused by those Olympic Games. The five main themes of the 2012 Games environmental strategy include – biodiversity; waste; Climate change; healthy living and inclusion.

There is a lot of activity going on the green side of Olympics as documented in the links here: & 

Nevertheless these Olympics has a shade of grey with three of the Olympics’ official sponsors—BP, Rio Tinto and Dow Chemical having a history of unsustainable behaviours.These Games are leaving a dirty great footprint in this sporting world. Check- &

By allowing BP to associate itself so closely, the Olympics are encouraging some of the most outrageous greenwash we’ve ever seen. Rio Tinto which is providing metal for the medals is claimed that their mines been causing the premature deaths of a number of residents who live nearby. Dow Chemicals owns Union Carbride – the gas company responsible for the Bhopal gas disaster in India(1984), which has killed 25,000 people to date.

But can we have a sustainable Olympics? Or is it simply an oxymoron? For an event to be sustainable it is not the easiest of tasks. Of course the real test will be during and after the Games.

All eyes will be on London over the coming months, not only for the Olympics itself, but also for what could be seen as the ‘aftermath’ of what remains.

Signing off

Team Carbon Chronicles,

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