CALGARY (CITY NEWS) – Conservationists are asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remember that Provincial Parks are homes to wildlife.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Program Supervisor Peter Simmerman says he wants to see better planning from the IOC in 2026 if the bid goes through.
“One of the things that we would like to see is ensure that when they’re planning for the redevelopment of those areas that they do a good study and be able to track that kind of data so that we ensure that we don’t have a negative impact on the animals that live there.”
Simmerman says the group isn’t opposed to hosting the games as long as the environment is taken seriously.
Forests in Pyeongchang, South Korea were torn down for events in the 2018 Winter Olympics and that’s the last thing Simmerman wants to see happen in Alberta.
Conservationists say taking an environmental leadership role when hosting the games is one way the IOC can make up for environmental harm done in the past.