The "Dead" Sea
Brocchetto, Marilia. "Rio 2016: Dead Fish Wash up in Olympic Lagoon - CNN.com." CNN. Cable News Network, 16 Apr. 2015. Web. 20 Apr. 2015.
This was a news piece. Essentially, this article talks about how there was a massive amount of dead fish found in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro is slated to host the 2016 Olympics, and with the Olympics comes a number of water sports such as rowing and canoeing. This particular lagoon and many other bodies of water in Rio were supposed to host these events for the Olympic games; however, it has been seen that pollution has reached an all time high in this country. With the number of dead fish being washed up ashore, the State Environmental Institute will be working with the Olympic committee in order to make sure that the situation is not exacerbated in Rio. "Officials defended the belief that the latest rains caused a temperature change of the water and the excess of decaying organic matter, which would have led to a black of oxygen, killing the fish" (Brocchetto). The lagoons in Rio are polluted with trash as well often getting in the way of passing vessels. In fact two months ago, a ship was overturned as a result of the accumulating trash in the bay. The Rio government has said that they will propose stricter pollution regulations for years, but nothing has changed; the situation has just worsened.
The ethical issue raised is whether Rio can be the setting for such a large event such as the Olympics game with the large amount of pollution that exists in the waters. The games will only worsen the situation and even ruin the bay water beyond repair. The government must take into account issues of sustainability as well as justice. The water is home to many different marine creatures, and we can see that many fish have already been perishing from the population. If more sustainable measures are not taken, then the ecosystem of these bodies of water could be ruined in a way in which fish cannot further inhabit the lagoon. In addition, Rio must consider justice. In the status quo, Rio is prioritizing the demands of the consumers and human beings without looking at the environment ramifications. The Olympic games is definitely an important event, but it cannot get obstruct the home for marine life.
My position on this issue is that Rio and Brazil must take a stand in regulation the pollution that goes into the bodies of water that is present in the city. They cannot simply stand back as more and more harm is done. There should be massive fines for those who dump into the water as well as clean ups that should occur in order to clean up the already polluted water. Furthermore, I would not say that the Olympics should be cancelled, but I think that the water events should occur in bodies of water that are not as polluted. This would rule out the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. These measures that I proposed would promote sustainability in the future for the region.
What other actions should the city of Rio take, and how should possible actions affect the upcoming Olympic games?