Tokyo 2016’s efforts to host the “greenest” and most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games took a step forward Saturday with the planting of 7,000 saplings at a key 2016 Games venue cluster.
The planting took place at Tokyo’s “Sea Forest” – a richly landscaped landfill island in Tokyo Bay. “Sea Forest” is to host the Olympic cross-country equestrian, rowing, flatwater canoe and kayak, marathon swimming, BMX and mountain bike competitions should Tokyo’s 2016 bid be successful.
A symbolic group of 2,016 people comprising athletes and volunteers, and many elementary school children planted the young trees.
According to a press release, by 2016 “Sea Forest” will be home to a “robust” 88-hectare forest as part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s (TMG) “Tokyo’s Big Change – the Ten Year Plan”, a plan to turn Tokyo into one of the most advanced global cities in terms of infrastructure, environment, safety, culture, tourism, industry and sports.
The venue’s “innovative” design will enable it to function as a natural air conditioner by cooling breezes that flow into the heart of the city, including during the Games.
Dr. Ichiro Kono, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo 2016 said, “the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s efforts fully support Tokyo 2016’s commitment to unite ‘Green with 2016′, one of the driving pillars of our “Musubi Promise” to the Olympic Family and Paralympic Family.
“Water and greenery already cover more than half the area of Tokyo and we plan to work hand-in-hand with the Government to raise greater awareness of the need to tackle climate change and create a sustainable future for all. This is a firm environmental commitment, and we are dedicated to building a lasting legacy that will stretch far beyond our borders and inspire other cities and nations around the world”.