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01 Apr 2005
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BEIJING 2008: Tree Planting for Green Olympics


1,500 trees were recently planted in Beijing next to the Yongding River to help promote the concept of Green Olympics and to beautify the Chinese capital ahead of the 2008 Games. The Chinese National Forestation Commission initiated the tree-planting campaign. This is the fourth time that such a campaign has been held.




Green Olympics
Green Olympics is one of the three main themes of the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG). The Green Olympics signify the essence of the Chinese philosophy of harmony between nature and man. They will operate in three main areas, notably the beautifying of the environment, the protection of the environment and the saving of resources.




The Environment And The IOC
The IOC considers the environment to be the third dimension of Olympism, alongside sport and culture. This means that the IOC does its best to ensure that when the Olympic Games are being organised, the possible environmental implications are taken into consideration. The protection of the environment is also referred to in the Olympic Charter and the IOC has its own Agenda 21 following the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.




Awareness And Education
The IOC has its own Sport and Environment Commission, which advises the IOC and Olympic Movement on environmental policy and appoints an expert to study the environmental elements of candidate cities bids. The IOC also works closely with international organisations like the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in order to create awareness and provide education to people on environmental matters.




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