We Have A Sochiation People…

There is no questioning the fact that the city of Sochi, along with the Russian government, carry a sizable load on their shoulders in regards to their goals for sustainability of the 2014 Winter Olympics. There are numerous aspects, all of which must be dealt with in the most delicate of ways. Though all of them pose as excellent topics for debate, for time’s sake, only a few of the more prominent subjects will be covered.

When taking on the task of brining the entire world together, I think some environmental impact is unavoidable. If an area has decided to house representatives from around the world, there will obviously have to be some urban expansion. However, if urban expansion is necessary, it would be in everybody’s best interest to go about it in a sustainable way. This way, people don’t make the Olympics a martyr for environmental and cultural degradation.

After browsing the Sochi 2014 website, I definitely left with an optimistic outlook. Initially it looked like they might be in over their heads, but they have some good ideas that may actually work. Holding a competition for the all the companies involved that coaxes them to be as sustainable as possible with the construction of the the Olympic grounds, is as good an idea as it gets. Why limit the competition solely to the athletes?

Also, it obviously is good for the local economy and will provide many jobs for the building and maintenance of the grounds. It is crucial however, that they hire local workers and companies for this project. It is also important that they not displace lower income families from the area due to its increased prestige. These aspects are important things to consider because after the Olympics are over, the people of Sochi aren’t going to want to use the facilities if there is an underlying resentment towards the grounds.

Lastly, being aware of culture and diversity is the most fundamental part of the Olympics. Without culture and diversity there would be no Olympics. It is the essence that created the games, and must be respected on all fronts. Though certain populations may not agree with and appreciate some of Russia’s laws and values and Russia may not be respecting other cultural values, it is important that we show respect in their country, so we may receive the same in return. After all, it’s only two weeks, it’s nothing permanent.

Sochi and all the worlds Olympic athletes have hard times ahead in regards to sustainably handling the Olympics. However, these hardships are a necessity for the continuation of one of the greatest events in history. An event that reminds us, we are all explorers of the same planet.

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