Tokyo Summer Olympics promotes a clean environment and lifestyle

Adan Banks, Sports Editor

With its position as the most recognizable and most-watched sporting event in the world, this year’s Olympic Games are taking strides to benefit society. By using eco-friendly alternatives for many aspects of the competitions, the Olympic Committee seeks to encourage the world to adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be hosted by Japan from July 24 to August 9 in their capital city, Tokyo. While the Olympic Committee has banned athletes from displaying and expressing political statements, Japan has a clear agenda that they are pushing in this year’s Olympic Games. Known as the “Recovery Olympics,” the host has designed the Olympics with a central theme around environmental protection.

The Tokyo Organizing Committee has taken many steps while designing competitions to promote environmental consciousness. In 2017, they announced their plan to mint the medals from recycled electronics, taking metal from collected devices. While there were initial problems collecting the required amount of silver to create all
the medals, the citizens of Japan eventually donated enough to create the new medals. In addition, the athletes’ uniforms will be made from recycled clothing donated by citizens to further reduce waste.

Another gesture made by the Committee in the name of an eco-friendly Olympics is in the design of the Olympic Village. The beds, more specifically. This year, the athletes will be sleeping on cardboard beds which will
be recycled after the games to reduce waste. This is reportedly the first time the beds in the village will be renewable, which is a big step in the right direction for the climate and environment. Fortunately for the Olympians, the beds are designed to support up to 200 kilograms (or 441 pounds), and can support as much weight as a wooden bed.

The games will also run
on 100% renewable energy, a feat that is prompting Japan to build solar panels throughout the country. Japan also plans
to use a new prototype fuel
for the athletes’ transportation derived from algae. Japan hopes to promote a new worldwide fuel that is both renewable and eco-friendly.

Additionally, the torch relay will be hosted in Fukushima, a previously irradiated region from a nuclear disaster. Since the region is now considered habitable by the UN, Japan is promoting the recovery of the region with the publicity from the Olympics.

Japan is showing great initiative for the world in its design of the 2020 Olympic Games. Promoting eco-friendly habits and alternatives through the publicity of the most recognizable sporting event in the world is a very important gesture in this time where so little is being done to save our planet.