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Philanthrophy  vol.62 Mitsubishi Electric DONGURI Planting Project in Great
East Japan Earthquake-struck Area

Mitsubishi Electric has been engaged in planting acorns, called DONGURI in Japanese, and nurturing the saplings in the gardens or on the balconies of some 1,400 employees’ homes throughout Japan since February 2013 as part of its efforts to restore plant life and vegetation after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. On October 29, many of the company’s employees and their families took part in the Rachihama Disaster Prevention Green Space Planting Festival & Cosmos Festival, organized by the Fukushima prefectural government, and planted some 1,000 oak saplings. Disaster prevention green spaces are effective in: (1) Weakening the force of Tsunami; (2) Providing a place for recreation and relaxation for the local community; and (3) Helping nature to recover after a natural disaster.
     It takes some 30 years for the saplings to grow and restore the green space and so the company will continue its greenery restoration efforts by helping nurturing the saplings.

caption: Children planting the saplings. With all the love they put into caring for the saplings, they are sure to grow into large and healthy oak trees!

Environmental Activities  vol.59 Asahi Glass Foundation Blue Planet Prize & Prize Winners

In 1992 the Rio de Janeiro Earth Plant conference was organized by the United Nations to discuss how man and the environment should interact. In that year, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations in recognition of major contributions to solving global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hope of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth’s fragile environment. As a general rule, two recipients are chosen annually. In June of the following year, the recipients are announced and are invited to Tokyo in the autumn for the awards ceremony and commemorative lectures. The winners of the 2016 Blue Planet Prize were:

Mr. Pavan Sukhdev (India), UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Founding Trustee of Green Indian States Trust (GIST), Founder & CEO of GIST Advisory, Associate Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University.
Prof. Markus Borner (Switzerland), Former Director of Frankfurt Zoological Society Africa Program; Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow; Adjunct Professor of The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania.