GLOBAL INTRODUCTION OF THE GOAL WITH SOME STATISTICS
SDG 15 has the principle of protecting, recovering and promoting the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, managing forests in a sustainable way, combating desertification, stopping and reversing land degradation and stopping biodiversity loss. Although it is smaller on the planet, the terrestrial environment is the one closest to us, encompassing the most varied environments, from vegetation cover to urban areas. Forests, for example, are an essential part of the terrestrial ecosystem and about 1.6 billion people depend on them for their livelihood, including 30 million indigenous people than live in the biggest forest in the world: Amazon. They are also home to more than 80% of all terrestrial species of animals, plants and insects Managing forests sustainably is also about preserving biodiversity.
HOW CAN SPORT BE USEFUL TO REACH THE GOAL?
Sport can play a very important role in the preservation and conservation of our land. In this way, sporting events have led this example, with several initiatives being part of their legacy plans. Two of these examples are from the Olympic Games.
In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, all athletes were invited to plant a seed to be part of the “Athletes’ Forest”, in one of the competition parks (Deodoro Park). This recently completed forest (December 2019) compensates for the destruction caused by other venues, but it also promotes the conservation of endangered species, such as “pau-Brasil”.
In Tokyo 2020 (hosted in 2021), activities to clean up forests and parks have been developed as a way of preparing for the event. The initiative of recycled medals and podiums built with consumer product packaging materials helps to boost a culture of preserving the environment, as well as cleaning the earth.
Tokyo Olympic to become the first games to award medals made entirely from recycled materials: Japan taps into recycled phones for Olympic medals
Planting 14 thousand trees on the occasion of the Rio Olympics: Mutirão replanta quase 14 mil árvores da “Floresta dos Atletas” no Rio
Global Goals Impact Games: http://ggimpactgames.com/inspiration/