Conflict London 2012 Lesson 3 Sustainability and the south east: will the games be green? Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?
Starter: Sustainable games?
What kind of things can we do to make the Games sustainable?
Three principles that can help to make Games sustainable are to:
Lower carbon emissions
Improve people lives
There are many things or actions we can do to follow these principles such as recycling waste or providing local sporting facilities for local people after the Games.
How many other things or actions can we do to follow these principles of sustainability?
How can you make a sustainable games?
Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?
Main Part Download and read the fact sheet Can the Olympics be sustainable ? How can the Olympics be sustainable? Up to 1 million people are expected to visit London for the Games. They will use transport, produce waste and use resources. What 10 rules do you think the IOC (International Olympic Committee) should insist London follow to ensure sustainable Games? Now look at the 10 rules of the One Planet Olympics Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?
Plenary Media moves The International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) will host 20,000 of the world's media in state-of-the art facilities during the London 2012 Games. After the Games the building will offer office and commercial space that is much needed for employment in Hackney. There will be more work space than the Canary Wharf Tower! Using facilities after the event is part of making Games being sustainable. If the media centre was not used after the Games it might be called a ‘white-elephant'. A white elephant is something supposedly valuable whose cost exceeds its usefulness. Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?
Plenary Media moves A famous white-elephant is Montreal Olympic Stadium. Initially built for the 1976 Summer Olympics, aside from a few trade shows, the stadium sits vacant most of the year due to structural instabilities, its poor interior design, and inconvenient location. The total cost of construction was C$1.47 billion dollars. The stadium is now closed for 4 winter months every year due to safety concerns. In groups write down a list of ‘white-elephants' you think you know or have heard about. Are there any in your local area? Then write a list of 5 ways the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre could be used after the Olympics. Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?
Homework White Elephant? Produce a poster that describes a “white elephant” development that you know about. It can be in your local or anywhere in the United Kingdom. London eye http:// www.infolondon.co.uk/attractions.php Big Ben http://www.londonarchitecture.co.uk/Building/277/Big_Ben.php Gherkin http:// www.patientsorganizations.org/showarticle.pl?id =396 Canary Wharf http:// www.blwtl.uwo.ca/Public/FeaturedBuildingProjects.aspx Key Question How sustainable can the Olympics be?