The 12th edition of Green Cross Japan’s successful Green Lane Diary programme has gotten underway with the distribution of diaries to 110,000 students nationwide.
Started in 1999, the environmental education programme encourages elementary school children to keep a diary for 12 weeks on their ecological activities and environmental impact. When the programme finishes in the middle of September, students’ diaries are entered into the Green Lane Diary Contest with winners attending the special children’s symposium and award ceremony in December.
In its 12-year history, awareness of the programme as an effective environmental education tool for school kids has grown both nationally and internationally. This year the Miyagi municipal government and the local TV station are also getting involved. The Miyagi government will be distributing the Diary to 500 students as a pilot project, which will then be made into a documentary film by the TV station. Following this pilot phase, it is expected the programme will be expanded to all the schools in the region.
Last year, the programme also earned international recognition after receiving the national Energy Globe Award. Green Cross Japan has also helped expand the programme to other Green Cross National Organizations, starting with Sri Lanka in 2005 and most recently expanding to Australia. Although the basic structure of the Diary does not vary among countries, each version is adapted to match the local culture and lifestyle.