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World Environment Day, 2008


Celebrations at various motorcycling events

MotoGP helps promote World Environment Day
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The FIM is one of the first international sporting federations to have signed an agreement with the United Nations Environmental Programme, at the end of 2006. This year, the FIM increased the number of celebrations of the World Environment Day around the world over the past week during FIM World Championship events – Superbike in the USA, Motocross in Great Britain, Sidecar Motocross in Italy, Trial in Japan and Long Track in Germany – in order to underline the importance of protecting the environment. This week-end, the Grand Prix of Catalunya, seventh round of the FIM MotoGP World Championship, will be the most ecologically sound MotoGP event to date. Organised by the promoter Dorna and the FIM, a visit of a plastic material recycling factory took place today with 125cc and 250cc riders. Another celebration will take place tomorrow at the circuit of Catalunya with MotoGP riders taking part in the recycling of various items, a process available to all members of the public who attend the race weekend. The Circuit de Catalunya was recently awarded the ISO14001:2004 for Environmental Management Standards. This entails having on site over 300 yellow recycling recipients (for plastic, cans and other packaging), and 9 further blue containers for card and paper in the relevant areas such as the press room. Furthermore the racetrack is completely accessible by local public transport systems during the weekend (train and bus). It is expected that during this first year of implementation, the circuit will generate up to 100 tons worth of recyclable material.

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Representing the 250cc class, Alvaro Bautista and Yuki Takahashi were joined by 125cc standouts Sergio Gadea, Stefan Bradl and Raffaele de Rosa at Cespa GR, a plant located in Santa Maria de Palautordera. The quintet learnt about the recycling process used for plastic, an eye-opening experience for the riders. 
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Big names support FIM environmental push
Fiat Yamaha´s Valentino Rossi was joined by Ducati Marlboro pair Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri, along with Rizla Suzuki duo Loris Capirossi and Chris Vermeulen at a special photo-shoot on Friday evening at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, to promote the protection of the environment. 
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Further resources:
» Linking Sport and the Environment to the Peace and Poverty Agenda in Kenya - UNEP Press release

» Play for Peace - Video Clip


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