Rio 2016: The Opening Ceremony

FILE - In this July 28, 2012, file photo, fireworks illuminate the sky over the Olympic Stadium during Opening Ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Always splashy affairs, the parade of athletes this time around will take place Friday night, Aug. 5, 2016, at Maracana Stadium with a country-by-country show of fashion, along with speeches, flag-raising and the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. The idea is to showcase the host country's culture, something that has earned oohhs and aahhs through time, usually also accompanied by some head-scratching as traditions and history play out. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

It is that time of year for countries to set aside their conflict and join together in the Olympic events. This year, the games are held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil which guided the opening ceremony to present their rich culture as well as the love the Brazilian nationals have for green space.

The opening ceremony emphasised the existing situation surrounding climate change and sustainability. Many scenes of the ceremony embraced lush botanical life both Rio and the rest of the world has to offer. Also, each athlete planted one seed each which will be planted in an 11,000 strong forest; this will be their legacy to the 2016 Olympics. The Rio 2016 committee has the objective of ensuring each aspect of this year’s games will be environmentally and socially responsible, keeping the CO2 omissions to a minimal.

Michel Temer, Brazil’s acting President, also highlighted the current global conflicts that he asked would not affect the 2016 games. Additionally, a team of refugees entered the Olympics this year to send a message of hope to other refugees and the world. These messages are significantly important in giving people faith in times of distress and sending messages of solidarity and unity throughout the globe.

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