The mayor of Rio de Janeiro wants to destroy pristine land that the Brazilian government has legally set aside in order to build a golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Environmental activists are furious, according to an article in The Rio Times. The mayor, Eduardo Paes, apparently doesn’t care.
Olympic organizers maintain only a new course on the spot in question will suffice, although why that is so is unclear. Paes reportedly plans to set aside new acreage, but he hasn’t said yet how much.
Further angering environmentalists, the new golf course will border another parcel of government-protected pristine land, making them fear that further development is inevitable.
Rio’s municipal secretary for urban planning also is opposed, as is a local councilwoman, who effectively summarized how this situation may well explode into a global headline when she said, “It is a complete contradiction, wanting to change environmental law, and, at the same time, promoting the idea that we intend to promote a sustainable Olympic Games.”
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