Monthly Archives: December 2013

YES: MANY ASPECTS OF HUMAN INTERACTIONS TODAY DEPEND ON THE ADEQUATE SOURCING, SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION OF OIL, TO THE POINT THAT MINOR DISRUPTIONS AT ANY STAGE PARALYZE OR GREATLY REDUCE OUR CAPACITY TO FUNCTION EFFECTIVELY.

1. Most of our energy supply comes from the use of oil to generate electricity and even the most minor disruption in oil supply causes harmful changes in the price of oil, energy markets and global finance.

2. The environmental hazards associated with accidents involving oil, such as tanker spillages, are often underestimated and ignored by the international community as everyone falsely assumes that such accidents only happen to other countries and can be easily contained to their immediate locality.

3. Despite its imminent depletion in the next 50 years, many countries continue to utilize oil as their main energy resource rather than invest in the research and development of cleaner and more efficient energies.

4. The majority of our economic and industrial activities remain powered by oil-generated electricity, and emphasis on sustaining economic growth at all costs pressurizes many countries to continue their dependence on oil.

NO: A RANGE OF SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENTS AND ACTIONS BY STAKEHOLDERS HAVE REDUCED OUR DEPENDENCE ON OIL, WITH POTENTIAL BENEFITS TO OUR LONG-TERM WELL-BEING.

1. Disruptions in the supply of oil and their accompanying shocks to the global economy are factored in by many oil producing countries, which have committed to binding international trade agreements that raise production of oil to adequate levels in such cases.

2. The international community recognizes environmental hazards associated with the production, transport and storage of oil, taking adequate measures through international safety codes, emergency response procedures and collaboration with oil companies to minimize the negative impacts of such accidents.

3. Governments in more countries today have undertaken significant levels of research and development into alternative energies, as they are pressurized by their increasingly informed citizens and civic society leaders.

4. Increasingly, the drivers of our major economic and industrial activities such as multinational corporations (MNCs) and entrepreneurs have recognized the limitations of oil-dependent businesses and initiated programs to move operations away from such models, replacing them with sustainable alternatives.

YES: HOSTING MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS IS A HUGE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGE IN ITSELF, FOLLOWED GENERALLY BY HARMFUL AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES BOTH FOR THE HOST AND HUMANITY.

1. The financial resources expanded into hosting major sporting events often drain the national budget, leading to constraints on other forms of essential public spending. In some cases, poor planning and policies may lead to overspending and accompanying costs to societal welfare.

2. Public expectations of athletes in hosting countries to do well and win medals becomes extremely high, and the focus on nationalistic pride replaces healthy competition.

3. The large numbers of visitors, alongside consumption of energy, goods and services undertaken during major sporting events can cause irreparable levels of environmental damage and degradation to both the local and regional environments.

4. Governments of hosting countries may carry out unethical or highly controversial actions to clean up their public image prior to major sports events, such as forcibly evicting squatters or homeless people from competition venues and urban centers.

NO: HOSTING MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS PROVIDES A RANGE OF BENEFITS FOR BOTH THE HOST AND HUMANITY, JUSTIFYING THE COSTS INVOLVED IN ITS PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION.

1. Although the financial resources expanded into hosting major sporting events are significant, the expenditure is matched by accompanying revenue streams and economic benefits, such as tourist dollars and a rise of employment numbers in the construction industry.

2. Athletes of hosting countries recognize the honor given by the international community to their countries, and take extra efforts to live the values of true sportsmanship such as integrity, respect for one’s fellow competitors and humility in both victory and defeat.

3. Hosting countries can work with the governments of participating countries to develop measures that alleviate the inevitable environmental damage arising from major sporting events, such as creating carbon offset programs for participating athletes and spectators flying in.

4. Major sporting events provide good opportunities for the governments of hosting countries to carry out actions that genuinely project a heightened and improved level of culture and civility, such as the release of political prisoners or the commissioning of commemorative public artworks.