Arctic Town Launches Bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

by Mark Dziak 9

February 01st, 2021 Europe, International, News

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Salla, Finland, an Arctic village of 3,400 people is launching a bid for the 2032 Summer Olympics. The Summer Olympics in the Arctic? Yes, you read that correctly. 

The village, which has an average annual temperature of 31.6 F is using a satirical bid to draw serious awareness to the issue of climate change. The village launched their campaign last week with a press conference and is supported by Fridays for Future, the organization founded by climate advocate Greta Thunberg. 

In conjunction with the press conference, a promotional video was launched. The video shows residents in Salla participating in various summer sports, including a woman swimming in a pond in the cold and snow:

While the residents in the video may crack jokes and are having fun, the Arctic is particularly vulnerable to climate change and global warming. Temperatures in the Arctic that are rising at double the rate of the global average. Tuukkaa Petäjtä, a professor at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) points out that while Salla has some of the cleanest air in the world, the Arctic is becoming more green through birds arriving and birch trees putting out leaves earlier and earlier every year. 

Erkki Parkkinen, mayor of Salla, told the Guardian that they “liked the idea because we are concerned about climate change and also because we live here in the Arctic Circle and we see the changes that are happening.” Salla has yet to formally submit a bid as if they are the best place to host the games, then that means that we [as a society] have failed to keep global warming in check. 

The promotional video ends with a skateboarder asking us “do you really want to have the games here?”

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Also MD Also SwimDad
7 months ago

Makes more sense than Florida 2021

Lpman
7 months ago

Probably still has better infrastructure than Rio

Troll Longhorn
7 months ago

If climate change is as bad as young Greta claims then shouldn’t we cancel the Olympics all together? All of the carbon that would be expended with travel alone surely not helping mother Earth 🌎🌍

mcphee
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
7 months ago

man you are so close to getting it

Swimmer A
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
7 months ago

If you ever have kids you might wanna spare a thought for how this will impact their lives, just sayin…

Troll Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer A
7 months ago

You can’t run around saying the Earth is burning up and then take a jet to tokyo without a bit of hypocrisy.

Swimmer A
Reply to  Troll Longhorn
7 months ago

I hear this argument about all climate conferences. It kind of ignores the obvious, which is that you can’t spark a global movement from home.

Xman
7 months ago

Salla 2032 – Reddit Army and SwimSwam let’s make this happen!

Tea rex
7 months ago

This is a good PR push, but in all seriousness the Winter Games might not be around at the end of the century. Siberia has a forest fire season now, for crying out loud.