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Category Archives: Kyoto Journal
Want to meet the people behind Fresh Currents? Enjoy some tasty craft beers AND have a chat about renewables with the folks from Kyoto Journal? Publication party at Tadg’s this Sunday from 8pm!
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Kyoto Journal is doing an amazing job. Thanks for being a part of helping Japan, the environment and our fragile planet.
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Let’s get it done. Continue reading
Today I bring you news of a Kyoto Journal project I have been involved in for over 12 months now. Please help spread the word about our fundraising campaign and help us build a sustainable future!
More than a year after the triple meltdown at Fukushima, Japan and the rest of the world continue to grapple with the short- and long-term consequences. The myth that nuclear power can deliver us from the long-term evils of fossil fuels has been shattered. Renewable energy, long dismissed as impractical, is being given serious reconsideration. Japan can and must take advantage of this opportunity to rethink and refocus its energy strategies.
In Kyoto, birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, a dedicated group of reporters, writers, artists, editors, and photographers associated with Kyoto Journal (www.kyotojournal.org) is taking a fresh look at proven and innovative alternative technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, mini-hydro, and biomass as well as the even greater number that are being actively researched, but are insufficiently recognized and under-funded.
I can’t tell you what we were plotting together last night – not just yet – but I can say that you couldn’t ask for more stimulating company or conversation. And the restaurant, Istanbul Saray, was wonderful too, with absolutely gorgeous Turkish food, wine and beer! I shall definitely be going back there with Mewby and giving you a proper report in the future!
Last weekend I attended a Kyoto Journal sponsored poetry reading with John Brandi and Renée Gregorio. It was a super cosy affair in the wonderful Kyoto Nama Chocolate organic teahouse, with lots of good conversation and poetic inspiration! Many thanks also to the hosts for the fantastic cakes and chocolate! Stewart Wachs promises to have a full video of the event (including Preston Houser‘s soul cleansing shakuhachi performance) up online at a later date. Until then however, here’s a short taster from the end of the event – the shorter poems. My apologies for the sound quality. I’ve no idea what happened there…
My apologies also for not getting this up sooner – I left my camera at the venue! Many thanks to Stewart for getting it back to me!
Kyoto Journal contributor W. David Kubiak says…
I imagine many of you have already heard, but COP10 managed a partial birth at 1:30 AM last night (Friday). Short of perfection no doubt, but the oceans were big winners with a new protected zone target of 10% and traditional knowledge getting formal recognition and a promise of biopiracy compensatory rights… …the fact this didn’t turn into COP10enhagen as many had feared is a major relief, and something to build upon for everyone. Congrats to the KJ crew for furnishing the most appreciated and talked about handout at this fest.
And John Einarsen (of whom there was a very nice profile in the Japan Times the other day) adds…
Dear KJ Biodiversity Contributors:
Congratulations to all of you! At 1:30 this morning, October 30th, some 190 governments proved they can work together on tough issues and succeed by agreeing upon a much-needed plan for the preservation of the biodiversity of our planet.
We wish to sincerely thank you for your creative participation in Kyoto Journal’s special issue on biodiversity, which we hope contributed to the positive outcome of the conference. Over a period of two weeks, twelve KJ volunteers, at their own expense and time, traveled to Nagoya and handed out some 800 issues of our KJ issue 75 to delegates, media participants and NGOs at the conference site.
Issues also were hand-delivered to Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity; Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, Matsumoto Ryu, Minister of the Environment of Japan; and even film actor Harrison Ford, long-serving Vice Chairman of Conservation International. The issue was extremely well received and stood out among all of the other print media present.
For more information on the historic conference agreement, please read Winifred Bird’s excellent summation at Earth Island Journal.
To follow the the ups and downs of the conference we recommend articles by Japan Time journalists Eric Johnston and Setsuko Kamiya:
Again, we wish to thank you for sending us your inspiring ideas and voices. They helped make a difference!
NYT’s COP10 summary at this link.
A nice interview with Harrison Ford by CNN on the COP, conservation, Conservation International, and the need for ratification, as well has his minor side career in film (video version).
Also, Conservation International’s press release on Harrison’s call for CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) progress, with a good ratification plug at end.
OK, so I didn’t actually meet Harrison Ford, as I wasn’t there on Thursday but if you look real close you can see that what he is looking at on the inside cover of Kyoto Journal #75 is a flyer for the Stop Kyoto Aquarium campaign that I had slotted in the previous weekend. And that makes me happy. Now if he actually signed the petition – that would be something!
I spent most of last Saturday hanging out with Stewart Wachs and Lucinda Cowing. That’s them above just outside the convention center. The first thing we did was watch a big announcement from the government of Palau (possible contender for “Nation with World’s loveliest flag”). Continue reading
In a few hours I’ll be dragging myself out of bed at an impossibly early hour and jumping on a bullet train to Nagoya. There I’ll be helping to represent Kyoto Journal at the UN Convention on Biodiversity (COP10) and while I’m about it I’ll also handing out some flyers and seeking out and engaging like minded souls for our anti-aquarium campaign here in Kyoto.
At COP10 I’ll be meeting a lot of different people with a lot of different goals… but let’s look at the bigger picture. Currently a 5th of all plant and mammal species are threatened with extinction – and their loss is quite definitely our own. We depend on other species for food, medicine, climate control, clean water… in short for our own survival. “To preserve and conserve biodiversity between now and 2020, the conference is debating whether to set aside either 15 or 20 percent of terrestrial areas and a yet to be decided percentage of the world’s marine areas as sanctuaries.” (LINK) There is no doubt that the decisions made and agreements reached in Nagoya over the coming week will determine whether we can avoid the “6th Great Extinction” and perhaps avoid irreparably damaging our own future chances of survival too. When you look at all that has been done and is being done to our biosphere and the paltry efforts to stop the roller-coaster ride to ruin, it is all to easy to feel gloomy about our future prospects and to doubt the political will for effective policy is there.
Kyoto Journal #75 is a landmark theme issue on biodiversity and was compiled specifically to be distributed at Nagoya to COP10 delegates and hopefully help to inspire them to do the right thing by our planet. Many people are saying it is the best issue of Kyoto Journal ever produced – which is saying something for an award winning magazine with a 26 year history. I can’t give you a better summary of issue #75′s contents than Brian Williams did at the KJ press conference a few days ago (I highly recommend you watch it) but I will say that it is largely about proposing solutions. Within its pages you will find hope for the future, based on successful conservation work already being conducted across the globe. We already have all the answers to our current environmental crisis – all that is needed is the political will to reach agreement and put these solutions into practice on a grand scale. Continue reading