Adding fuel to the fire of whether or not racing activities could ever be considered green at all is the fact that the Federation International De Motocyclisme (FIM) will be observing the United Nations Environment Program's World Environment Day, which is on June 5. Considering all of the carbon emissions that will be taking place at Miller Motorsports Park for the upcoming Superbike World Championship race and AMA Superbike race, the planting of six new trees will not overcome the environmental impact of the event. Add in the preceding helicopter rides and stunt-bike events and the tree planting seems awfully insignificant. Still, the FIM has a goal of furthering its involvement with environmental activities, and perhaps its larger role will be in the advancement of green ideals in the minds of the estimated 120 million people who will be watching the race on television.
We don't necessarily have a problem with racing in general, as it has often resulted in the adoption of high-tecnology fuel savings technologies for our normal vehicles. Hopefully, the FIM's involvement in World Environment Day will raise its awareness to people who otherwise wouldn't know it even existed. Click past the break for all the details.

Press Release:

The Federation International De Motocyclisme (FIM), the international sporting body for motorcycle racing, in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will observe World Environment Day during the HANNspree Superbike World Championship StriVectin-SD USA Round and Honda Summit of Speed AMA Superbike Championship weekend at Miller Motorsports Park.

The UNEP has launched a worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry, civil society organizations and governments are encouraged to enter tree-planting pledges online with the objective of planting at least one billion trees worldwide each year. This program has successfully completed its first wave and the goal was recently updated to plant 7 billion trees by 2009. This would achieve the UNEP's worldwide goal of one tree per person.

"Without a doubt, one of the main characteristics or our century is the increasing global awareness towards the World Environment," said FIM President Vito Ippolito. "From all parts of the world, innumerable private and public institutions are trying to elevate environmental consciousness. Our planet's welfare depends on each and every one of us whether it's a small daily task, or the development of a complex technology geared towards the same goal.

"The FIM has its undivided attention focused on the unfolding evolution of ideas to solve this global problem, and calls upon all its followers and stakeholders to contribute with all of our efforts towards the preservation of the World Environment."

As part of the FIM's observance of World Environment Day, six ash trees will be planted in a circular pattern on the lawn adjacent to the new Administration Building just inside the Main Gate at Miller Motorsports Park at 5:15 pm MT on Friday, May 30. Top World Superbike riders Troy Bayliss, Carlos Checa and Max Neukirchner are scheduled to attend the ceremony, along with officials from Miller Motorsports Park, FIM and FGSport, the organizers of the HANNspree Superbike World Championship. Fans, riders, team members and media are invited to attend.

After signing a Memorandum of Cooperation between the FIM and the UNEP in 2006, the FIM has decided to commemorate World Environment Day which is held on June 5 each year. The FIM has taken responsibility upon itself to encourage and promote environmental consciousness within the racing community. All FIM events that take place on the weekend prior to June 5 will be participating in a symbolic planting of trees to commemorate World Environment Day.

"We are very pleased to help the FIM observe World Environment Day," said Alan Wilson, CEO/General Manager of Miller Motorsports Park. "The six new ash trees will nicely complement the 300 trees we planted around the facility last year."

The HANNspree Superbike World Championship StriVectin-SD USA Round and Honda Summit of Speed AMA Superbike Championship weekend will be the biggest event ever staged at Miller Motorsports Park, and may well be the biggest international sporting event in the State of Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Superbike World Championship races will be broadcast live on 95 television networks to 173 countries and an estimated television audience of 120 million. Advance ticket sales have already exceeded any other event in the track's history.

The event will be four days of on-track action, plus a myriad of off-track entertainment for fans including stunt bikes, freestyle motocross exhibitions, live bands, helicopter rides and sky diving. Fans are also invited to the Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Bike Bash at Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City at 6:00 pm on May 29, featuring live music from the band "Chevelle," BMX and freestyle motocross exhibitions, plus an autograph session with many of the top World Superbike and AMA Superbike riders.

For more information on the HANNspree Superbike World Championship, visit the series website at www.WorldSBK.com. For more information on the AMA Superbike Championship, visit their website at www.AMASuperbike.com.

For event or facility information, or to purchase tickets, call (435) 277-RACE (7223) or visit www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

[Source: Miler Motorsports Park via Motorcycle USA]

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