Monday Morning Sports Report
posted by December 4 at 11:54 AMon
Brad Steinbacher is on vacation, so I’ve been appointed to write the Monday morning sports report.
Apparently, the Seahawks won yesterday. (“Clutch superstars”? A “big division lead”? Can somebody translate?)
“One-planet living,” in a nutshell, means living in such a way that we would only need a single planet to support ourselves. Currently, if everyone in the world lived the way we do in the United States, we would need five planets to support us. Therefore, for our way of life to be sustainable, we would need to reduce our ecological footprint by four-fifths. London would need to reduce its footprint by two-thirds.
Toward this goal, the London Olympics will aspire to:
• Be “zero-waste,” by diverting away from landfills all waste produced by construction and the Games themselves;
• Minimize carbon emissions by using renewable and low-emission energy sources, including a massive wind turbine that will power the Games;
• Offset all carbon emissions produced by the Games, including the massive emissions produced by international air travel;
• Increase biodiversity by protecting and enhancing the wildlife and habitat of the Lower Lea Valley, where the Games will be held;
• Provide low-emission transportation and transit, bicycle, and pedestrian access to all Olympic venues, while banning cars from the Games;
• Use reclaimed, recycled, and local consruction materials;
• Promote local food and compost all food waste; and
• Use recycled and reclaimed water and water-conserving appliances,
among other ecological improvements.
Obviously, there are major challenges (financial, infrastructural, practical) to actually achieving all these goals. However, I applaud London for making an effort. Efforts to reduce the impact of the Utah Olympics in 2002, in comparison, were minimal, and included things like reducing energy consumption by 25 percent, restoring 2.5 acres of wetlands, and offering trees to local citizens at a 20 percent discount.