The 2012 Olympics are being held in Newham, Stratford and there have been some debates on whether or not the Olympics are going to be sustainable. The makers of the Olympics are trying to make the games as sustainable as possible and are doing so in many ways.
For example, the makers are saying that there are five main rules of sustainability.
1. Climate Change
5. Healthy Living
Climate Change is where the planet is overheating because the O-Zone Layer is being destroyed from gases and fumes from the air. Biodiversity is the living things co-existing equally on the planet. Waste is the rubbish and trash that is going to be created and that is no longer needed. Inclusion is where everyone is treated equally and are joining together as one. Finally, Healthy Living is exercising daily, eating healthily and so on.
This year the Makers of the Olympics are trying to be as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible. For example, the waterways are being improved.
Prescot Lock is being cleaned and all of the garbage and rubbish is being removed to the give the water a clean, fresher look as they want to use Barges to transport things through those waterways. To make it sustainable they are going to re-use the waterways by creating new wildlife haibitats which will improve the tourist attractivity of the waterways as people may want to come animal spotting or just have a walk around the foot paths around the waterways.
Also, the Energy Development is being drastically improved. The last time London hosted the Olympics was after the end of the second world war and nobody really knew anything of Climate Change back then. This year the Energy is going to be developed by a Biomass Boiler which uses renewable energy from Woodchip and the natural gases from the air. This is better for the environment as it will lessen the chances of the O-Zone being destroyed by chemical gases in the air and will also help being electricity, cooling and heating to the Olympic Village as well as heating to the aquatic swimming pool.
The swimming pool itself will also be re-used after the Olympics as it will be used for swimmers all over London to train and practice as well as being open to the public. The Olympic Stadium will be re-used as they are going to change the layout of the stadium so it can become a 25,000 seats and an Arena to house concerts, football games and many more. The Olympic Village is also going to be re-used and it will be turned into 2800 apartments which are going to be sold and re-used.
Overall the Olympics this year are going to be more sustainable as the buildings are being re-used, the energy is being developed naturally and won’t be a harm to the environment, the waterways are being cleared as to make new wildlife habitats and room for barges, and the Energy Development Centre is going to have a Reception Area where they will hold Educational visits. The education side of things will be extremely beneficial to schools all over London as visiting there may inspire the school children in more ways than one.