Target: Lord Robert Smith, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Commonwealth Games
Goal: Protect the environment and limit pollution at the Commonwealth Games international sporting event
The city of Glasgow fought hard to win the right to host the Commonwealth Games, one of the most successful sporting events in the world. According to an article in BBC, Glasgow was selected to host the games because of promises made in regards to protecting the environment.
Huge sporting events pose the risk of exacerbating some of the world’s key environmental problems. Because of the rarity associated with the games, thousands of people come from all around the world to take part in the festivities.
More people means more cars. Glasgow was chosen in large part because of their plan to keep total emission outputs minimal by creating low emission zones at the games, where vehicles that yield the most pollution would be prohibited. However, the non-profit group Friends of the Earth Scotland has claimed that Glasgow has broken its promise.
Instead of a wide range of zones covering nearby residential streets, Glasgow has only ensured the presence of zones right outside the sites where the games will be held. Glasgow stated that it was difficult to acquire the vehicles necessary to achieve low emission standards.
Although Glasgow has made some other positive plans, if a promise is made that promise should be kept. With air pollutant levels increasing daily, it is important that Glasgow keep to its word and try harder to create low emission zones. Please hold the city accountable by signing the petition below.
Dear Lord Smith,
Congratulations on securing Glasgow as the host for the Commonwealth Games. The Board’s commitment to excellence is clear. However, the more important commitment to environmental stewardship is not.
Part of being an athlete is the ability to hold strongly to your convictions and make good on promises made to fans, coaches, and to the athletes themselves. As the Chairman of a board who represents athletes, it would behoove you to learn from the people you are representing.
You and your fellow board members promised that low emission zones would be a part of the games, and not delivering on this promise is unacceptable. With countless emissions being released into the atmosphere every day, we can no longer afford to support huge events without a firm fuel efficient plan in place.
Please be a leader and create the low emission zones that were promised.
[Your Name Here]
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