Green Cross is preparing to help around 100,000 children in Japan take charge of their environment and work to promote sustainability and ecological protection.
The 15th edition of Green Cross Japan’s highly successful Green Lane (Environmental) Diary competition is getting ready for launch in April, 2013.
Green Lane Diary is a 12-week curriculum-aligned free resource that enables teachers and students to learn about the stresses on our precious environment while finding solutions for a green future. Green Cross is currently operating the Green Lane Diary programme in numerous countries, including Japan, Australia, the Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka.
The competition involves school children, aged six to 12 years, filling in a diary and following a programme prepared by Green Cross Japan. The objective is to focus the attention of today’s youth on the need to reduce waste, embrace recycling, and, in general, promote sustainability at school, home and anywhere else.
The culmination of the contest will be an award ceremony where Green Cross will present awards to students for outstanding submissions for the 12-week diary initiative.
On 15 December 2012, Green Cross Japan invited about 200 children from throughout the country to an award ceremony in Tokyo. Three children from Sri Lanka, where the national Green Cross chapter there also runs a Green Lane Diary contest, were also in Tokyo to take part in the event, which was led by Mr Shoo Iwasaki, the Founding President of Green Cross Japan (pictured left).
The Sri Lankan students also visited the headquarters of Mitsubishi Corporation in Tokyo, which has sponsored the Sri Lankan Green Lane Diary programme since 2011.
Green Cross International, founded by Mikhail Gorbachev, is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization working to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva and has a network of national organisations in around 30 countries.