To host the PanAmerican Games is a tremendous undertaking in dished out a whopping US$ 1.2 billion to host this year’s edition of the Games.
It is only logical for one to wonder how viable and sustainable such an investment is.
What were the selling points of PanAm Sports organizers to get Peruvians to embrace this mammoth undertaking?
While walking behind a mother and her two children on the streets of Lima, Peru, I had an epiphany.
One of the children threw her candy wrapper on the ground but was swiftly reprimanded by her mother and directed to throw her garbage in a several available bins.
Lima 2019 has been branded as the first green Games, a major selling pitch for the organisers. The Peruvian government through its Ministry of Environment, has taken a lead role in the campaign.
Alberto Valenzuela, the Executive Director of the PanAmerican Games, reminded the world that St. Kitts and Nevis and the other 41 participating countries are competing at the first ever “Green Games.”
Going green comes with certain stipulations: establishments serving food and drink at venues around the city will not give out single-use plastic bags, straws or styrofoam containers, patrons are encouraged not to bring plastic to the facilities, here will be waste management and the carbon neutral policy against the emission of greenhouse gases will be applied.
Lima 2019 is advocating strongly for the use of solar panels and renewable energy as the aim is to ensure that the multi-sport competition is carbon neutral.
The going green campaign at the 2019 PanAmerican Games show that with sporting development comes environmental responsibility.
Reporting from the “first Green PanAmerican Games” in Lima Peru, I am Shawn Seabrookes