In fact, concern for the environment is one of the pillars of the Rio 2016 bid, and the saplings are part of the state government’s “Rio 2016 Zero Carbon” project. In all, Rio 2016 will offset 716 tons of carbon relative to the period September 2007 to October 2009.
In the city’s Candidature File submitted to the IOC, Rio 2016 proposes “Green Games,” which will include the planting of more than three million trees in strategic parts of Tijuca Forest.
“I’m happy to see more and more people fighting for the environment. Brazil has a climate change study plan and carbon reduction targets. We are going to bring the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro and stage a totally green competition,” said Minister Minc.
You can read more about Rio 2016 green initiatives here.
Source: Rio 2016
Photo: Rio Olympic Beach