[fyeg_gen-l] Re: FW: Olympics & environment-international press release

markus petz councillortothewise at yahoo.de
Wed Jul 21 17:59:15 CEST 2004


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>       Press Release
>      Embargoed for 00:01 hrs GMT on 16 July 2004
> 
> 
> No gold medal for the environment in the Athens
> Olympics - WWF
> 
> 
> 
> Gland, Switzerland / Athens, Greece - The Athens
> 2004 Olympics have lost any
> chances for a medal on environmental performance,
> according to the first
> comprehensive assessment of the costs and benefits
> of the upcoming games by
> WWF. It calls on the International Olympic Committee
> (IOC) to ensure that
> future Olympic host cities strictly abide by
> official environmental rules
> and regulations.
> 
> 
> 
> The WWF report, Environmental Assessment of the
> Athens 2004 Olympic Games,
> evaluates the environmental wins and losses of the
> Athens Olympics based on
> the Sydney 2000 Olympics benchmark for "clean and
> green" games. On a scale
> of 0-4, it rates the environmental component of the
> Athens Olympics at a
> very disappointing score of 0.77. The lowest scores
> were given to areas such
> as environmental planning and evaluation, protection
> of fragile natural and
> cultural areas, waste management and water
> conservation, and the use of
> environmentally-friendly construction technologies.
> The highest scores went
> to the fields of public transport, the improvement
> of existing
> infrastructure, and the promotion of environmental
> awareness. WWF is
> concerned that these wins may disappear when the
> Olympic Games come to a
> close.
> 
> 
> 
> "Unfortunately, the environment never figured as a
> priority in the planning
> of the Athens Olympic Games. While the IOC calls the
> environment its third
> pillar of Olympism, it has done very little to keep
> this from crumbling
> under the weight of other priorities," said Demetres
> Karavellas, Chief
> Executive Officer of WWF-Greece. "Greece must now
> move forward and look at
> what can be done to reverse the environmental
> impacts the day after the
> Games."
> 
> 
> 
> According to the report, during the 7 years since
> Athens won the 2004 bid to
> host the Olympics, the organising authorities made
> no effort to integrate
> the environment in the planning mainly due to the
> fact that the IOC failed
> to enforce the environmental regulations enshrined
> in the Olympics charter.
> As a result, the Athens Organizing Committee and the
> Greek government failed
> to deliver on their commitments to abide by basic
> environmental standards,
> such as the use of solar power and recycling and
> waste management.
> 
> 
> 
> WWF calls on the IOC to enforce strict standards not
> only in sport, but also
> in the environment and sustainable development. The
> IOC must respect the
> environmental component of the Olympic Games and
> ensure the mistakes of
> Athens will not be repeated by future host cities.
> WWF urges the Greek
> government to learn from the environmental wins and
> losses and integrate the
> environment in its overall development policy.
> 
> 
> 
> "Beyond excellence in sports, the Olympic Games
> should also be a showcase
> for the highest environmental standards and
> sustainable development," said
> Demetres Karavellas. "The IOC and the promoters of
> candidate cities must
> ensure they do not leave behind a legacy of
> environmental degradation."
> 
> 
> 
> For further information:
> 
> Theodota Nantsou, Conservation Manager, WWF-Greece,
> Tel. +30 210 331 4893,
> t.nantsou at wwf.gr
> 
> Mitzi Borromeo, Press Officer, WWF International,
> Tel. +41 79 477 3553,
> mborromeo at wwfint.org
> 
> 
> 
> NOTES TO EDITORS:
> 
> ·          The full report is available at
>
http://www.panda.org/news_facts/publications/index.cfm
> .
> 
> ·          Every score refers to the performance
> (environmental footprint)
> of the seven-year period that has lapsed since
> Athens won the 2004 Olympics
> bid. The scoring procedure was based on a variety of
> criteria, mainly the
> existence concrete and measurable commitments, the
> achievement of an
> integrated approach to particular issues and an
> assessment of the heritage
> to Athens. The experience of previous Olympic Games,
> mainly those of Sydney
> and Barcelona, which in contrast to Atlanta achieved
> significant
> environmental victories, was also considered
> 
>  

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Markus Petz
Communications Officer
Federation of Young European Greens 
www.fyeg.org


	

	
		
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