Olympic, Daniel Wolf, Monaco Konishi discussed on Environment: NPR
Is decreasing over time from nineteen ninety. Two to twenty twenty. That's fan daniel wolf. At the university of lausanne switzerland he co authored. A study of the sustainability of recent olympic games wolf define sustainable as having limited ecological impact promoting social justice and being economically efficient. These goals he says tend to take a back seat to the ambition to put on dazzling mega events but wolf and some environmental groups. Do give olympic organizers credit for at least trying. Monaco konishi is the climate and energy project leader at wwf japan. She praises the games energy plan. So the extra electricity that is required for the tokyo olympic will be one hundred percent renewable energy and that could be a very good role model for the future olympics. The games will of course still produce carbon emissions. But she says the organizers have already secured more than enough carbon credits to try to offset the greenhouse gases. The games produce so well under fifty percent of credits has been collected and that would make it the first ever cubbon. Negative olympic konishi isn't is upbeat about sourcing seafood or how to serve athletes sushi without overfishing the sees. She says japanese suppliers have lobbied olympic organizers to water down there sourcing standards basically they are saying that. If that's not too strict there will be not much. Japanese marine products going into the olympic of tokyo. Sourcing timber is also a thorny problem the rainforest action network or ran traced plywood from the construction of an olympic stadium in tokyo to the forests of indonesia. Hannah heineken campaigner with the group explains their findings. We actually found that. The majority of the indonesian plywood that the olympic organizers source was coming from rainforests that are being converted into palm oil clan -tations. The conversion destroys some of the oldest forest on earth. That are home to endangered. Orangutans heineken says ran complained to olympic organizers who rejected the complaint whatever standards the game set for sustainability researchers fen. Daniel wolf says they're likely to be overshadowed by the bigger crisis in the final analysis. I think tokyo will be remembered. More as a pandemic games rather than any claims to sustainability. Anthony kuhn npr news..