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Less meat on menus and fewer new venues: how the Olympics is trying to go green

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🗞️ Driving the news: Paris 2024 Olympic organizers aim to halve greenhouse gas emissions compared to the London and Rio Games by implementing sustainable measures such as reducing meat on menus, using existing venues, and avoiding diesel generators

🔭 The context: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is under pressure to make the Games more eco-friendly amid rising concerns about climate change
• Paris will serve as a test case for the IOC's new sustainability strategy, focusing on minimizing construction and reducing the overall carbon footprint

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Hosting sustainable mega-events like the Olympics is crucial in reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the environmental impact of large-scale international gatherings, setting a precedent for future events

⏭️ What's next: The IOC and future host cities, including Los Angeles and Brisbane, will need to continue developing and implementing innovative sustainability practices to achieve net zero emissions and address climate challenges

💬 One quote: “The Olympic Games come with a footprint, but while it has historically been significant, we are reducing it drastically.” — Marie Sallois, IOC director of corporate and sustainable development

📈 One stat: Paris 2024 aims to cut emissions by 50% compared to the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games

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