Fernando Meirelles escreveu um artigo à rede de notícias norte-americana CNN sobre os jogos olímpicos do Rio – 2016, seus impactos sobre a sociedade, a economia e o meio ambiente de nosso país.

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Opinion: Rio Games ideal stage to highlight planet’s survival

By Fernando Meirelles, special to CNN

August 14, 2012 — Updated 1306 GMT (2106 HKT)

Editor’s note: Fernando Meirelles is a Brazilian film director who was nominated for an Oscar for the film ‘City of God’ and received much critical acclaim for his movie ‘The Constant Gardener.’

Brazil (CNN) — Rio will be the first city in South America to host the Olympics in its history — a shift of axis that makes sense in the new world politics. I hope this change is not only geographical and that we can make a memorable event.

In terms of organization, despite potential problems in the structure of airports and public transportation systems, everything should come out satisfactorily. Rio de Janeiro has hosted other major world events, and after hosting the World Cup in 2014 it will be prepared.

     The question that arises is: How do we want to show Brazil to the world? Internally, this debate promises to be very lively.

     There are groups in Brazil that sees the Olympic Games in Rio as an opportunity to do more business. I’m sure there are government sectors who also wish to use the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games to reinforce these points… but our internal achievements do not interest the rest of the world. What sets us apart, and should be the center of attention, not only in the opening ceremony but during all the Olympics, is our natural resources and the importance they have for the world.

     Forest still covers 68% of Brazil’s vast territory. The Amazon represents over half of the world’s remaining rainforest. We know that these rainforests play a crucial role for global biodiversity conservation and a valuable freshwater resource, but also provide essential ecological services such as a carbon sink. That is why we call it the lungs of the world and we know how it is increasingly critical to the fragile balance of the planet’s climate.

     At a time when the world sees the verge of a collapse in it’s natural resources, food security and survival of hundreds of millions of people who are threatened by lack of water and oceanic resources depleting, the Rio Games are the perfect platform to expose that we urgently need to change our consumption patterns and our way of life if we want a future for our grandchildren.

     The true Olympic spirit is to bring together all countries and all people for a common goal.

     In other Games, host cities have reinforced the importance of peace, of economic development, and praised technology or human values. I think right now what matters most to the entire planet is the question of the survival of our species. Rio de Janeiro with its forests and impressive nature seems to be the ideal stage to do it. It could be the Olympics of the future — a real planetary event.