About 200 elementary school students, aged 6 to 12, gathered from all over Japan to receive awards for their 12-week diary submission to the 15th annual Green Lane Diary contest hosted by Green Cross Japan. The event was held on 14 December, 2013, at Big Site in Tokyo.
Started in 1999, the Green Lane Environmental Diary Project encourages elementary school children to keep a diary for 12 weeks on their ecological activities and environmental impact. These diaries are then submitted to the Green Lane Diary Contest and winners are invited to attend a special event recognizing outstanding submissions.
Nearly 500 people participated in this years awards ceremony, including teachers and parents there to support the students.
Special guest to the event, Japanese Education Minister Mr. Shimomura, presented the awards. Four diary contest winners from Green Cross Sri Lanka also participated in the ceremony.
The Green Lane Environmental Diary Project was founded by Green Cross Japan in 1998 to implement the spirit of the Earth Charter.
Green Cross International (GCI) was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent nonprofit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the interconnected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.