The Greening of the Games

  • John Karamichas
Part of the Global Culture and Sport book series (GCS)


Having considered the history of environmental concern in previous chapters, this chapter examines how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken environmental issues into account in its operations. The chapter demonstrates that the incorporation of the green dimension in the planning and organization of the Games took some time to develop alongside the rise of environmental concern since the 1970s (and the sociological engagement with the environmental issue). Nevertheless, the green dimension has now been fully incorporated into the planning and staging of successive Olympic editions. Starting with Sydney 2000, that development has also been accompanied with plans for the long-term legacy of the Games. These long-term legacies include the ecological modernization (EM) of the host nation. More recently, these calls have led to development of Olympic Games Impact (OGI) studies.


United Nations Environmental Programme Olympic Game International Olympic Committee Ecological Modernization Responsible Concern 
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© John Karamichas 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Karamichas
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  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityBelfastUK

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