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Is Sport a Threat to our Environment?

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Pia Herkstroeter

on 12 June 2014

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Transcript of Is Sport a Threat to our Environment?

2014 Super Bowl Environmental Problems
FIFA 2014 Environmental Problems
Pollution from Sports, affecting the environment
Overview -
Introduction to the Environment and Sports -
Impacts of Different Sports on the Environment –
Environmental Movement: Olympics
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Environmental Problems -
Conclusion towards making environmental recommendations for the Olympics, the Super bowl and FIFA -
Works Cited
Is Sport a Threat to our Environment ?

By: Pia Herkströter
Key Concepts & Issues Concerning Sports & the Environment -
Thank you !
Introduction connecting the environment and sports
Key concepts and issues concerning sports + the environment

Pollution from sports towards the environment
Impacts of different sports on the environment
6 major sports that effect the environment
Environmental movement

2014 Super Bowl Environmental Problems
2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Environmental Problems
FIFA 2014 Environmental Problems
Conclusion towards making environmental recommendations for the Olympics, the Super bowl and FIFA
Environmental issues are becoming a general concern all over the world

Numerous conferences and countless scientific research projects have emphasized the urgent needed to address these issues

Think of sports being an umbrella, under its umbrella there are millions of athletes

But as one of many human activities, it also imposes a threat on the environment
Major sports events like the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the World Cup generate large environmental footprints over short durations

Some examples are:

6 Major sports that effect the environment
Some sports represent human at their best with Mother Nature, while others are just flat out offensive to the environment.
6 anti-environmentally friendly sports:

2. Drag Boat Racing
3. Soccer
4. Skydiving
5. Hunting and Blood Sports
6. Aerobatics and Air Racing

Public prosecutors in Brazil have called for the suspension of work on the Rio 2016 Olympic golf course over environmental concerns.

Construction on the course, located about 25km west of Rio’s Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, was originally to begin in October 2012 but, it was not given the green light until April 2013.

Any delay would be another blow to Rio’s yet struggling Olympics.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators flood into host cities when the super bowl is starting.

The 48th annual Super Bowl was making a play to be “the most environmentally friendly yet.”

Event organizers were planting trees to offset carbon emissions and powering generators with biofuels.
Issues such as global warming, environmental conservation and sustainable management are a concern for FIFA.

FIFA has already begun working with the 2014 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee Brazil to ensure a sufficient incorporation of environmental matters into the management structure

Green stadiums, waste management, community support, reducing and offsetting carbon emissions, renewable energy, and climate change and capacity development are just some of their initiatives.
Russia 2014, Winter Olympics
Pollution is defined as the presence of hazardous gases, particles and solid and/or liquid substances or of excessive amounts of normal components in the atmosphere, water and land bodies.

Once in the environment, pollutants are absorbed by plants, animals and finally humans, and endanger the health of these organisms.

Sport is a human activity which produces waste (domestic and hazardous), uses substances, and could be a potential polluter.

Some sports facilities may contain toxic substances like cooling agents or chlorine (e.g. in swimming pools).
The Olympic Movement, as the movement surrounding sports organizations

The Olympic Movement has therefore the responsibility of addressing environmental issues

Each step taken to match the development of sport with its environment can, in the long term, make a real difference to the cause of sustainability.
Biodiversity conservation
Rapid population growth combined with the development of fossil fuel-based industrialized societies has dramatically accelerated the impact on the environment.

Climate change, the global destruction or pollution of ecosystems and other environmental problems are closely linked to our attitudes and practices.

The scale and gravity of impact depends mainly on the kind of sport and the size of the event. The following types of impact generated by sports events should be considered:

a) Short-term impacts
b) Long-term impacts
c) Direct impacts
d) Indirect impacts

Con't of Key Concepts
Biodiversity Conservation

Biodiversity is the variety of all life, wild and domesticated, at every level.
Biodiversity must be preserved for several reasons:

1. as a matter of principle
2. as a matter of survival
3. as a matter of economics

Biodiversity is threatened primarily by the extension of human activities which destroy and degrade the habitat of many species

The impacts described in the sub-sections devoted to ecosystems and pollution represent a global threat to biodiversity.

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Dolf, Matt. "Can the Olympics Change Our Bad Environmental Habits?" UBC News. The University of British Columbia, 22 Feb. 201. Web. 10 June 2014. <http://news.ubc.ca/2014/02/12/can-the-olympics-change-our-bad-environmental-habits/>.

FIFA and the Environment. Publication. FIFA.com, n.d. Web. 10 June 2014.

MacKay, Duncan. "New Threat to Rio 2016 Golf Course over Environmental Fears." Insidethegames.biz. N.p., 31 May 2014. Web. 10 June 2014.

"PRACTICE MANUAL." Manual on Sport and The Environment 5.4 (2005): 1-53. International Olympic Committee, Winter 1999-2005. Web. 10 June 2014. <http://www.olympic.org/Documents/Commissions_PDFfiles/manuel_sport_environment_en.pdf>.

Schmidt, Charles W. "UNEP at the Fore." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 25 Oct. 0005. Web. 10 June 2014.

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Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) are processes which assist organizers in planning and managing events in an environmentally fashioned manner.

An EIA examines the potential impacts of a project on different components of the environment such as water, soil, air, fauna, flora, and examines the issue of resource management. They also draw up environmental standards (guidelines) for the event and establish policy documents for the following areas of action.

Facilities are different and so are the impacts they produce on the environment.

The EIA’s objectives are to reduce pollution, reuse and recycle where possible and promote environmental knowledge.

They are a lot of things we could do to make sure sports do not have an even great impact on our environment; all we need to do is respect the it.
A series of environmental issues which may have to be addressed, whether when engaging in a sports activity or organizing a sports event:

• biodiversity conservation
• protection of ecosystems
• land use and landscape
• pollution
• resource and waste management
• health and safety
• nuisances
• safeguard of cultural heritage
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