Economic Woes Of Olympics | Climate Change Impacting Workers
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are bringing to light the economic struggles facing host cities when producing the games, and how the climate crisis threatens the health and safety of workers.
Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: Few Olympic host cities have come out the other side of the Games and made a profit. Why do so many communities keep volunteering when so many have lost money?
With an original bid budget of $7.5 billion that was soon raised to $15.4 billion, experts say that the final bill for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games could reach as high as $26 billion. An event fraught with struggle since their unveiling, the 2020 Olympics are slated to be the most expensive Summer Games ever. With this in mind, could Kansas City ever host an Olympics?
- Dr. Victor A. Matheson, professor, College of the Holy Cross
Segment 2, beginning at 26:10: The ongoing affects of climate change have touched numerous sectors of daily life, but workers' rights are a topic often overlooked in the climate conversation.
Record-breaking high temperatures can put those who work outside or in warehouses in danger. Droughts limit the access that workers have to life-saving water. Climate-related problems are on the world's mind more than ever, but for some, the response isn't enough. Rachel Jefferson says, "More and more people are becoming aware and comfortable with this idea of, 'Wow, the world is burning,' but at the same time things aren't moving fast enough."