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Kitakyushu Residents’ Environmental Forum

  • Time and Date: Sunday, February 19, 2006 11:00-12:30
  • Venue: Wakamatsu Civic Center
  • Organized: Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women / ECO-Lifestage Executive Committee
  • Participants: 830 persons
  • Admission: 1,000 Yen (Free for Children under 13 Years old)

Dr. Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner / Former Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources)
Mr. Koichi Sueyoshi (Mayor of Kitakyushu City)
Ms. Yoshiko Misumi (President of Kitakyushu Forum on Asian Women)

Interpretation offered

Dr. Maathai founded “the Green Belt Movement” and started planting trees. So far, 30,000,000 trees have been planted throughout Kenya. This movement has raised awareness of nature protection and as well as of deprived people’s social participation. These efforts to the environment brought her to be awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Maathai has sympathized deeply with a Japanese word “Mottainai”, which means avoiding the wastefulness, and appeals to make the word an international one.

She visited Kitakyushu to exchange opinions with citizens through this forum.