Are we overlooking the justice implications of the 2024 Olympics’ sustainability goals? — Syracuse University News

Are we overlooking the justice implications of the 2024 Olympics’ sustainability goals? — Syracuse University News

Media Tip Sheets

The 2024 Summer Olympics will begin in two weeks, and the focus will be not only on the sporting competitions, but also on the organizers’ efforts to reduce the event’s carbon footprint.

Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana is a professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Her areas of expertise include environmental justice, sustainability and political ecology. Professor Sultana co-wrote this op-ed for The Guardian on the Cop28 climate conference. She comments below on the sustainability measures surrounding the upcoming Paris Games and is available for interview.

Professor Sultana says:

“The Paris Summer Olympics created a buzz around sustainability, with the goal of halving the emissions of previous games. Organizers said they aimed to reduce carbon footprints and emissions in sectors such as transportation, construction and operations. A historical lack of transparency, accountability, greenwashing and adjustments at the margins of sustainability have marred such massive events.

“Often overlooked are the implications of the Paris Agreement for justice at the local and global levels, in terms of long-term social and environmental impacts, as well as global climate injustices related to increased greenhouse gas emissions, problematic carbon offset programs, resource extraction issues, waste dumping, and impacts on ecosystems. Whether Paris will deliver meaningful change remains to be seen.”

To request interviews or obtain more information:

Daryl Lovell
Deputy Director of Media Relations
Communications Division

M 315.380.0206
[email protected] | @DarylLovell
news.syr.edu | syracuse.edu

Syracuse University