The 2012 London Olympics are getting ever closer, and so is the Indian government’s anger over Dow Chemical being an Olympic sponsor.
Back in 1984, a gas leak at a Dow Chemical plant in India killed over 15,000 people, making it one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
That Dow Chemical would be a sponsor at the 2012 Olympics, which is to stress environmental friendliness, has infuriated the Indian government, which may boycott the Games.
In December India complained to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Dow Chemical’s involvement in the Games “militates against the fundamental ethical principles of the Olympic movement.”
For more on all this, read this Times of India story.
Some sports, like skiing and surfing, can’t exist unless the environment is protected. Many others, like football, basketball and baseball, draw huge crowds whose environmental “footprint” is drawing the attention of more teams and stadium owners. Whether it’s recycling a hot dog wrapper or shining a solar-powered light on the field, the sports world is turning green right before our eyes!