Title: The Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE) 2003
Organized by: G-ForSE 2003 Executive Committee
Co-organized by: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), NPO Global Sports Alliance (GSA)
Time: 14 –15 November 2003
Place: Forum: ANA Hotel, Tokyo
Recyclart Exhibition: Spiral Garden
Sports Eco-tour Tokyo Dome and Saitama Stadium
Kodo Eco-concert Setagaya Public Theater
Sports Culture Roundtable
The afternoon roundtable discussion on sports culture focused on environmental issues surrounding sports facilities, sports events and sporting goods. A selected panel discussed measures that all areas of sports can take in tackling environmental problems and included contributions from the audience.
Unique examples of environmental action in sports gathered by G-ForSE were presented as well as the results of the sports and environment awareness questionnaire, with the views of the participants included in the results by means of a totalizer.
One of the important issues raised was that of developing good environmental practices and education among the young. Dr. Liz Odera of the Sadili Sports Oval, Kenya, who helps provide environmental education and sports training to 6400 children in communities in Langata and Kibera (Africa’s biggest slum) spoke at the Forum and is a G-ForSE Prize recipient.
For the sporting goods industry, a number of problems were raised that are impeding faster progress in this area. As a competitive industry, improving an athlete’s performance is always the principle focus, with environmental considerations much further down the agenda. As Andre Gorgemans of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industries (WFSGI) pointed out, measures require consensus throughout the industry and this takes time. Environmental measures already incorporated, such as Mizuno Corporation’s Crew 21 and Nike’s Recycle-a- Shoe program were largely unilateral actions.
As for reusing sports equipment, a number of programs have been developed that send unused or old sports equipment to developing countries. These can be successful, although Eric Falt of UNEP threw in a word of caution about the blanket export of old equipment to such countries, where there may be no specific need and thus can simply end up as garbage. He summarized this idea with the phrase ‘don’t send skis to Kenya’
Sports and Environment Awareness Questionnaire
The results of the questionnaire showed that overall, environmental awareness within the sports community was quite low, although respondents were extremely positive to the idea of environmentally friendly sporting goods and showed willingness to take environmental action at sports events. Through the questionnaire we not only gained a clearer picture of the current situation in sports but managed to increase awareness among respondents in the process.
About 25 people took part in the tour of environmentally friendly sports facilities on 15 November, including members of UNEP and G-ForSE Prize winners. The morning involved a tour of Tokyo Dome with its rainwater collection and recycling system. In the afternoon the tour dropped in on Saitama Stadium 2002, which has incorporated ecological features on its pitch as well as solar panels to help handle the huge energy demands of the facility. Participants were impressed with this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at large-scale facilities.
The EcoConcert took place on the evening of 15 November at the Setagaya Public Theater with the Kodo ‘One Earth’ Tour Special. 94 G-ForSE participants viewed the mesmerizing performance, which mixed traditional and modern elements and reflected the art forms natural origins on Sado Island. The audience was inspired and reminded of the importance of coexisting in harmony with nature, as well as preserving our cultural, performance and artistic heritage.
*RECYCL'art Prize Winners Exhibition Presented by Citibank Private Bank
The RECYCL'art project, which debuted at G-ForSE 2001, has been extended to include entrees from the general public, and the best submissions from among them were put on show from 11-16 November 2003 at Spiral Hall, Tokyo as part of G-ForSE 2003.
RECYCL'art combines sports, environment and art to send a message that we should not casually discard things, but take care of them and understand their inherent value. The RECYCL'art Exhibition stresses the importance of 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle'.
Planning and promotion of the RECYCL'art Exhibition is run by IGFY Corporation. For details of the exhibits and future showings, see the IGFY Corporation website at:
The Embassy of the United States of America, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, the British Embassy, the Embassy of Ethiopia, the Embassy of Canada, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, the Embassy of Greece, the Royal Thai Embassy, the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of Chile, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Embassy of Finland, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Embassy of United Mexican States, the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Embassy of Romania, the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports and Environment Commission, the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), the Japan Sports Industries Federation, the Association of Japan Sporting Goods Industries, the 2005 World Exposition partnership project, the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), the Athens Environmental Foundation (AEF), the Japan Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan Society of Physical Education, Health and Sports Science, the United Nations University Zero Emissions Forum, the Japan Sports Art Association, the Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo office, the Chunichi Shimbun
Sponsors: SEIA Co., Ltd, RICOH COMPANY LTD, ing Corporation, Evian (Danone Waters of Japan Co., Ltd), IBM Business Consulting Service, IGFY Inc., Seishin Co. Ltd, The Citigroup Private Bank, Toyota Motor Corporation, X-One Co., Ltd, Aprica Kassai Co., Ltd, The Swatch Group (Japan) KK Omega Division, TfE Inc., KOKUYO Co., Ltd, NIKE JAPAN CORP., TOD’S Japan KK, The Body Shop
Planning: igfy corporation
Cooperation: George P. Johnson Mitsuya, Sony PCL Inc., Wacoal Art Center, Kodo, Fellowes Japan KK, ONENESS, Kuwanomi Pro, Studio GIVE, Mochizuki Printing Co., Ltd, JEXT Co., Ltd
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