I’ve read several troubling articles about how the entire ecosystem around Sochi, Russia, has been irreparably damaged by the construction of the Olympic village.
Wetlands used by thousands of birds have been paved over; the habitat of brown bears and other wildlife has been destroyed; thousands of trees were cut down, causing mudslides; the pristine river has been polluted and the fish have died.
More than 2,000 people were “displaced” from their homes, forcing them to abandon their dogs and other pets. An extermination company was hired to “cull” the stray dogs.
Protesters in Russia have been jailed — one of the most vocal among them for three years.
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It’s enough to make me question the whole idea of the Olympics. Are two weeks of games really worth all this destruction?
Carole Vail, State College