top
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Sat Feb 22 2014
The Olympic Winter Games: Catalyst for Climate Solutions
Sat Feb 22 2014
Snow-Challenged Sochi Olympics Contribute to Climate Change Rather Than Work to Fix It
As sports commentators and news reporters from all over the world endlessly discuss Sochi's not-so-cold weather and Olympian efforts to improve snow conditions, they often fail to mention that balmy winters may become the new normal in many long-established ski destinations, thanks to our changing global climate.

By tradition, the Olympic Games bring global issues to center stage, concerns that often have little to do with the athletic events themselves. From the 1968 Black Power salute of medal winners Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico City to the 1980 and 1984 boycotts by the US and the USSR, respectively, the Olympics have repeatedly placed the world's most pressing concerns and crises in front of a world audience.

The Olympics can generate momentum for climate solutions in three ways: (1) by focusing international attention on the impacts of reduced snowpack and glacial melt on winter sports; (2) by constructing state-of-the-art, climate-neutral facilities, transportation networks, and even entire cities; and (3) by uniting the disparate states of the world to confront one issue that affects us all: global warming.

Many competitors are hesitant to stir up controversy around the Olympics. But athletes determined to stand up against Russian laws that discriminate based on sexual identity provide evidence that the Games remain a great stage for social protest and, this year, 105 winter Olympians have called for climate action.

Read More | US Ski Team Member Andrew Newell & 105 Winter Olympians Call For Climate Action | The Inside Line: Donna Carpenter, Burton and the fight to sustain snowboarding
05/25/17 Prisoners Protest Inhumane Conditions in Segregation Units with Hunger Strike Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Central Valley | California05/22/17 Effort Underway to Stop Neo-Nazi Band The Highway Murderers from Performing in San José Front Page | Racial Justice | Arts + Action | South Bay | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/22/17 Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart Collaborates with ICE, Refuses to Change Policy Front Page | Police State and Prisons | U.S. | Government & Elections | Immigrant Rights | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/20/17 Report Details Racial Bias in California’s Traffic Court System, Bills Address Disparities Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Central Valley | San Francisco | California | U.S. | Government & Elections05/17/17 Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Womyn | U.S. | Government & Elections05/16/17 As Oakland Holds Public Budget Forums Throughout May, Pressure Grows to Cut Police Funding Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | East Bay | Government & Elections05/15/17 Young Natives Traveling, Sharing & Seeking Funds for the Resistance as Camps Begin to Grow Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Environment & Forest Defense | Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | East Bay | California | U.S.05/05/17 Oil Money Out, People Power In! March and Rally in Sacramento Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley | California | Government & Elections05/05/17 Younger Workers Priced Out of Sonoma County Housing Market Front Page | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | North Bay / Marin05/03/17 Protest and March on May 9: No Penalty for Poverty — Housing for All Front Page | Police State and Prisons | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia05/02/17 Students Reclaim Main Administrative Building at UC Santa Cruz to Press Demands Front Page | Racial Justice | Health, Housing, and Public Services | Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: International | U.S. | Environment & Forest Defense
Neoliberal Austerity Leads to Deeper Crisis Atila Kilic Monday May 22nd 6:18 AM
Trump Set to Desecrate Bethlehem Mazin Qumsiyeh (2 comments) Saturday May 20th 9:28 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 19, 2017 IMEMC Friday May 19th 11:41 PM
The Jiyan Foundation, Supporting Survivors of ISIS Terror in Iraq Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra) Monday May 15th 1:33 AM
A call from Venezuela to the anarchists of Latin America and the world: Solidarity is much Colectivo Editor de El Libertario Saturday May 13th 5:13 PM
Global Antifa: No Pasaran to Nazi Scum! GLOBAL AFA Monday May 8th 3:20 PM
This Week in Palestine, May 5, 2017 IMEMC Sunday May 7th 9:17 PM
Palestinian Detainees Continue Hunger Strike For The Twelfth Day IMEMC (1 comment) Saturday Apr 29th 12:01 AM
This Week in Palestine, April 28, 2017 IMEMC Friday Apr 28th 11:23 PM
San Diego "strike force" still heading to Korea Michael Steinberg Wednesday Apr 26th 8:01 PM
Manifesto of the Clandestine Commando Clandestine Commando Tuesday Apr 25th 2:05 PM
Tras las huellas del algoritmo capitalista K. Raveli Tuesday Apr 25th 5:25 AM
A Sad Goodbye to Free Speech Radio News Paul Riismandel, Radio Survivor Monday Apr 24th 2:20 PM
Free Speech Radio News Going Silent After 17 Years of Movement Reporting Danielle Chynoweth, Center for Media Justice Monday Apr 24th 2:04 PM
Free Speech Radio News to Shut Down Free Speech Radio News (1 comment) Monday Apr 24th 1:58 PM
Solidarity with Bay Area Antifascists Facing Repression some anarchists (1 comment) Sunday Apr 23rd 7:35 PM
This Week in Palestine, April 21, 2017 IMEMC Sunday Apr 23rd 12:11 AM
News and Improvements at Riseup.net: Personally Encrypted Email Storage Riseup, your friendly radical tech collective (1 comment) Wednesday Apr 19th 11:20 AM
Global Economic Risks Ahead Warns International Monetary Fund Greg Williams Wednesday Apr 19th 6:46 AM
IMF Warns of "Protectionism" and Risky Investing Greg Williams Tuesday Apr 18th 7:36 AM
Fundraiser to Support LocalWiki! Santa Cruz Wiki News Saturday Apr 15th 9:37 PM
More News...