By Antonio Carlos Teixeira, Publisher of TerraGaia blog
In his first official trip as Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Norwegian Erik Solheim said he is very optimistic about the environmental and sustainable legacies that will be generated by the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “The expectation is very positive,” he said.
Solheim also said that sports and sustainable actions are “absolutely” great allies to the growth of citizens’ awareness, not only for the locals but also for all Brazilian and global citizens.
Former Minister of Environment of Norway, Solheim met on the afternoon of Thursday (04) the facilities and the surrounding Rio 2016 Olympic Park, located in the west of the city. He looked surprised and happy to note the presence of fauna and flora species in Jacarepagua Lagoon.
He noticed not only pollution, but also on the presence of birds and capivaras living ecosystem. According to him, the principle, this may be considered a small finding, but has a very large representation in terms of the sustainability vision that the Rio Olympic Games can present to the world.