Fernando Meirelles the lead impresario of the event made “Environmentalism (sustainability) and the Amazon” the central theme of the ceremony held at the Maracana stadium on Friday, August 5. This is informed by the urgent need to prevent the planet from total destruction, though the main objective of the Olympic Games is to promote peace around the world.
The ceremony’s green theme appealed to the conscience of the purported three (3) billion viewers around the globe. That environmental responsibility is the way forward in the quest for more sustainable Games in the years ahead. “It’s not enough to stop harming the planet; it’s time to begin healing it. Earthlings let’s replant, let’s save the planet.” Meirelles and his team intimated.
The opening ceremony gave prominence to the Amazon (the last natural garden in the world), the ocean and the beach fronts. The five Olympic rings were also depicted as sprouting green shrubs. This is to encourage the planting of trees all over the five or more continents of the world. Actually this will be the scene at the Athletes Park in Deodoro a couple of years after the games.
During the parade of nations each one of the 11,000 athletes were given a seedling with a cartridge filled with soil to be planted in Deodoro- as part of their legacy for Rio. According to Meirelles : “They will leave a tree in Brazil. Hopefully in two years time we will have a wonderful Olympic forest. We will celebrate humanity and we will celebrate Rio.”
The Olympic cauldron at the launch of the 31st Olympiad was different from previous ones. Brazil’s cauldron was smaller in size, had small flames with low emissions. This signifies the need to reduce the impact of global warming.
Sustainable development (sustainability) is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
By: Dela Ahiawor ,sports24gh.com