London 2012 and Climate Change. Examining the potential impact of the current economic crisis in the environmental legacy of the Games

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Abstract

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) declares environmental protection to be the third dimension of the Olympic movement. That, in effect, means that nations wishing to host the Games have to present themselves as reliable practitioners of environmental sustainability (ES) in their applications. The greening of sports mega-events, and the hosting of Olympic Games in particular, is now reasonably well established. Yet evidence from the first decade of environmentally-conscious Olympics points to diverging patterns of achievement in the operationalisation of the IOC’s ‘third pillar’. As is now common knowledge, for example, Sydney 2000 was the first ‘Green Olympics’ in the history of the Games; yet four years later, Athens provided a stark contrast, and was the subject of highly critical assessment reports by environmental organisations. Yet Athens has not stopped the Bid Committee for the Beijing 2008 Games claiming that it would ‘leave the greatest Olympic Games environmental legacy ever’ (UNEP 2007: 26), while the London 2012 promotes the concept of the ‘One Planet Olympics’.

In this context and in light of the current global economic crisis, can we claim that London 2012 has the capacity to fulfil its environmental ambitions? This question is adopted in continuity with similar framed questions that have been posed in relation to the most recent Olympics and it is tackled by adopting an investigative model that is placed within discourses of ‘reflexive modernisation’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages7-10
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011
Event10th Conference of the European Sociological Association - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 01 Sep 201101 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference10th Conference of the European Sociological Association
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period01/09/201101/09/2011

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    Karamichas, J. (2011). London 2012 and Climate Change. Examining the potential impact of the current economic crisis in the environmental legacy of the Games. 7-10. Paper presented at 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland.