Target: Thomas Bach, President of the Olympic International committee
Goal: Stop the Olympic committee from continuing to destroy precious, untouched land for the sake of the Olympic Games.
The Olympic committee has continued to allow the destruction of native landscape and natural resources for the Olympic Games. South Korea, Greece, China, and Russia are prime examples of the impact of the Olympics. Each of these locations have hosted the Olympics and each have endured destruction of natural resources because of it. We must speak up now to protect the environment and natural landscape from the damaging effects of the Olympic Games.
During every Olympic Games, the whole word tunes in to see the glamorous side of sports: the athletes, the competitions and, most of all, the beautiful landscape provided by whichever country is playing host. However, there is a less than glamorous side of the Olympics. We do not see the years of destruction leading up to the Games. We do not see the many meetings discussing plans to locate events on top of precious landscapes.
This destructive pattern is not new. For the 2004 summer Games, the Greek government laid out plans to destroy ruins and wildlife for the sake of a rowing center. Mount Gariwang in South Korea was infamous for the fact that it had been virtually untouched by mankind, one of the few vast lands in the world to hold such a feat. However, in 2013 the Olympics called for a lift on protections on Mount Gariwang to build ski courses for the Games. In the 2012 Games held in London, an enormous amount of fossil fuels were burned to set up camp for the Olympic Games. Furthermore, Beijing is planning to take water for a reservoir to create artificial snow for otherwise dry land for the 2022 games.
This destruction has to stop. The Olympic Games are a beautiful tradition meant to bring the world together for one event, not destroy it. Whole towns have been destroyed for the sake of the games. Akhshtyr, a town in Russia, now gets its water through trucks after the 2014 Games construction caused dust that killed all of their crops. We cannot allow the Olympic committee to continue to wreak such havok on the environment for the sake of entertainment. Sign this petition and demand that the Olympic committee stop leaving a path of destruction on precious lands.
Dear President Bach,
I am writing you today about my concern for the lands being used to host the Olympic Games. In the past, the Olympic Games have left a trail of destruction in every country that is chosen to host. Towns have been deprived of their water and crops in the past, leaving their residents struggling for basic necessities. Previously untouched lands have been corrupted with bulldozers to create Olympic courses. Bans on destruction of natural lands have even been lifted specifically for the Games.
Mount Gariwang in Korea had a no construction ban lifted specifically for the Games just for a ski course. In London, despite a promise for an environmentally friendly plan to build for the Games, an enormous amount of fossil fuels were burned during the construction process. In Greece, precious historic ruins were destroyed after millennia’s of being untouched by man.
The spirit of the Games is a wonderful thing, meant to bring every country together over some good old-fashioned competition. However, the destruction has to stop. I urge you to stop making plans that sacrifice precious, untouched land for the Olympic Games. The price tag for the events should not be the well being of the environment in the countries that host them.
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