According to the South African authorities, there is not much to worry about. As Blessing Manale, chief director of planning and coordination and information for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism said last year, “The games will not begin if they are not green. We acknowledge that the idea of green games began in Oslo in 1994. We are going to make 2010 the greenest World Cup yet.”
Various World Cup projects with an environmental twist have been kick-started over the past years. In Johannesburg, for instance, tens of thousands of indigenous trees will be planted in the township of Soweto. This project—known as Johannesburg’s biggest greening revolution—will cost the municipality 760,000 euro and aims to beautify South Africa’s largest township with 300,000 trees.
Hm, interesting claim, but will it work? According to an article on the 2010 world cup, this one will have twice the footprint of the Beijing olympics and nine times higher than the last world cup in Germany.
To help improve the eco-friendlyness of these games many players will be wearing jerseys made from reclaimed and recycled plastic bottles. South Africa is also planting trees and distributing recycling bins and will be able to purchase renewable electricity to help power the games.
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