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Green Marathon’s participants planted thousands of trees across Russia
Thousands of Russians, including Sochi 2014 volunteers, have taken part in the “Green Marathon” campaign to complete an Olympic run and plant nearly two thousand trees across the country. These trees shall absorb more than 1,200 tons of carbon dioxide a year, supporting the Sochi 2014 environmental strategy for the Games.
President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said: "The “Green Marathon” is a great sports festival for the entire nation. Planting trees helps to create the “green heritage” of the Games even today, and reaffirms our commitment to stage the Games in harmony with Nature. “
The Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy is based on four main dimensions: "Games in Harmony with Nature," "Climate Neutral Games," "Zero Waste Games", and "Enlightenment Games". The main objective of the Environmental Strategy is to preserve the unique natural surroundings of Sochi, including protected natural complexes of the Sochi National Park and the Caucasian Nature Biosphere Reserve.
The "Billion Tree Campaign" is a global campaign aimed at making the planet greener. It was established under the UN Environment Program (UNEP). 12 billion trees have already been planted worldwide since the program began in 2007.
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