THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM OF THE ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FROM THE UNITED NATIONS
In the last seven years, SEGAS the organizer of the ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON, the non governmental organization IΝSΤITUTE TEAM FOR THE WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE 2004+ and the sustainability advisors GLOBAL CHALLENGES have joined together, with the support of Coca-Cola Hellas and Coca Cola 3E, to promote environmental awareness through the unique sport and cultural event of the ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON . These joint efforts have received international acknowledgement.
In the last seven years (2006-2012) over 2000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent have been offset and over three tons of pure plastic have been recycled, making the Athens Classic Marathon the most environmentally friendly Marathon in the world.
The ngo INSTITUTE TEAM FOR THE WORLD, an organization that promotes amongst other the link between sport and the environment, submitted a request to the Environmental Program of the United Nations, in order for the environmental program of the Athens Classic Marathon to be a part of the Climate Neutral Network. After assessing the case, United Nations have accepted the program as the first Greek initiative to join the UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE NEUTRAL NETWORK.
This is a significant recognition, as the innovations of the Marathon’s environmental program have been included amongst 180 international programs that aim to protect the environment and to promote climate neutrality as a tool for climate protection.
The Network was founded in February 2008 by the United Nations Environmental Program and aims to promote climate neutral initiatives both locally and globally and on all social levels. It is based on an interactive website , giving its members the opportunity to present their strategies regarding climate neutrality and providing them with a platform to promote their actions and to inspire other organizations and individuals. It is a network for exchanging information and experiences, making it possible for everyone to access the most effective strategies regarding climate neutrality.
The members of the Network are countries, businesses and organizations which have implemented specific projects and strategies that reduce their impact on the environment and contribute to the prevention of climate change.
Members of the Network include countries such as Norway, Portugal and New Zealand, cities such as Copenhagen, Vancouver and Sidney, businesses like DELL, DEUTCHE BANK, TOYOTA, but also organizations such as the Basel Convention, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.