The spirit of the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester
is simply represented by three figures who stand for sport, culture and
friendship. These figures, linked as they are, could also signify three
other aspects of life - community, the economy and our environment.
The relevance of these three characters
holding hands is that it shows how one supports the other. This representation
helps with the definition of sustainability because it points
to their inter-dependence.
For example, a prosperous economy is of little
use to a local community if its people cannot get jobs, because they do
not have training to build up the right kind of skills. Similarly, an
economy will not thrive for long if it does so at the expense of peoples
health or without safeguarding the environment, and finally businesses
will not move to places where the quality of life is so impoverished that
the environment will sustain neither homes nor jobs, or ultimately communities.
The staging of the XVII Commonwealth Games in
Manchester will involve two weeks of sporting excellence - but the Games
Legacy itself is about more than this, it is about decontaminating and
putting back to use derelict urban land; it is about creating thousands
of new long-term jobs; and it is about providing a legacy of improved
health for generations of young people who will benefit from new sporting
Looking to the longer term, the British Government
has set a challenging agenda for the UK in the 21st Century. Two components
of this are the requirement to minimise and manage waste creation and
to reduce carbon emissions, in order to limit the impact of global warming.
M2002, as part of the delivery of the XVII Commonwealth Games, will be
seeking to promote initiatives, with its partners, that support the delivery
of the national targets for carbon emissions through energy and resource
management and for the diversion of waste from landfill, by recycling
and composting programmes.
In short, the sustainability of communities,
economies and environments are inseparable. All must thrive together,
or not at all. So when we speak of the legacy that we would like to leave
our children, it will only be a legacy worth having if it is sustainable.