I (heart) Eco!

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Koen Dori in Shibuya, the main street from the station to NHK, will continue to have eco events until June 10. Here is the NHK Kankyo website. The tema is 明日のエコではまにあわない (“Eco tomorrow will not be enough”) or a sense that we had better start doing something today, or it will be too late. And June 5 is Environment Day in Japan.

I had a great time at the Eco Life Fair last weekend and took some photos which I put on my regular blog, Kurashi News from Japan. Hope you enjoy seeing what is going on here in Tokyo and Japan. This event was sponsored by the Ministry of Environment and some large companies, so it wasn’t as wild and crazy as for example Earthday. Having said that, I also felt Japan is indeed taking a lead in the field of sustainable development and environmental protection.

June 5 was the opening day of the historic United Nations Conference on Human Environment in 1972 in Stockholm, and was stipulated as Environment Day in Japan in the Basic Environment Law in 1993 for its commemoration.

The United Nations declared June 5 Environment Day, responding to a Japanese proposal in Stockholm in 1972. On this day, various events and ceremonies are held to promote environmental protection activities.

What do you do in your country on this day…?

6 Comments so far

  1. stuz (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Funny as being a London resident, not seeing ANYTHING official going on in London despite the fact that mayor Ken Livingstone proclaims it’s the greenest capital in the world is somewhat of a mystery.. perhaps it’s still very much too grassroot over (back?) here?

    I love the green t-shirt she’s wearing.. where can I get one? :)


  2. stuz (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 1:39 am

    By the way, raising the eco bar for myself and should help me save a quid or two is http://www.ecoballsdirect.co.uk/ – still bit sceptic but since the Indepedent says ok for it why not try? Apparently they should generate micro bubbles of ionised oxygen. if they have it at the science museum, then why not?


  3. Gary Wiens (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Nothing happened here in San Jose. I asked a few people if they knew it was World Environment Day. Their reply, “Huh?”


  4. Asilaria (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 2:31 am

    I am sorry that I have not heard of Environment day, although I have heard of Earth day (April 22nd.) I imagine Environment day plays out the same way. (I live in Texas~.)

    It is unfortunate, but some things are observed without participation. Ie. During Martin Luther King Day we would always be reminded of civil rights at school and by the special episodes of shows we normally watched that are for that day themed towards civil rights. Earth day is very much like that here. There will be reminders of why we need to take care of the environment, and perhaps special projects (like planting trees) coordinated locally.

    Still, I have never heard of anybody planning a large event for this day around here. In larger cities like L.A., New York, and even Dallas I am sure they have larger celebrations in its honor.

    It is a shame.


  5. Martin F (unregistered) on June 7th, 2007 @ 11:40 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Stuz, I wish London would get on the bus. How about writing a letter to the dear mayor. Tell him Tokyo is way ahead.

    As for the soap replacer, I’m a sceptic too. Do choose a good detergent rather than the ones sold by multinational corporations – the organic shops usually has good stuff.

    Gary, sometimes events are small scale. Not every town in Japan did something. You could try to talk to city government and get to know a few people who are actually working on the issues. San Jose must have some groups that are doing just that: something. Every town on Earth has an environmental problem or a consumer issue. Let me know how thing go, ok?

    Asilaria, you cheered me up a lot! Mentioning Martin Luther King Day is a good example. Did you know he was inspired by Gandhi? Peace and “green” issues are connected. Thanks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi


  6. Gary Wiens (unregistered) on June 8th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    I learned about Environment Day on Metroblogging Bangalore. It was too late for me to post on San Jose Metblogs. I believe that Metroblogging Tokyo was the only other site to post about the day. I checked the other two Northern California Metroblogging sites, San Francisco and Sacramento; they did not have any mention. I checked the Bay Area newspapers online and they did not have any stories about Environment Day.



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