In order to protect four elements that are indispensable for our lives, GI hosts a range of programs by collaborating with artists, academia, corporations and other NPOs.
Take one action for Gaia.
Gaia has various problems such as global warming, environmental destruction, and depletion of natural resources and food. Therefore we need not only to realize them but also to “take action” for Gaia. To begin with, shall we take action with us?
Gaia Initiative thinks that Gaia is “one big village”, and we call it “Plus One Gaia Village”. We will implement various projects on it.
The first program, Solar Lantern project, is a initiative to deliver light to people living without electricity in rural areas in India. We have supported TERI(The Energy and Resources Institute http://www.teriin.org/index.php ) in India to implement this project. We have already delivered 1,300 lights to 26 villages by June 2011.
The second is Plus One Forest project; About 70 percent of Japan is forest.
However, around half of them lie in ruins. So we would like to change this situation, first of all reached an agreement with Otaki village in Nagano prefecture (http://www.vill.otaki.nagano.jp/en/index.html) and started trimming a tree of forests in Otaki. We have already trimmed 30 hectare of forest in Otaki by June 2011.
The last one is Plus One Animo project (http://www.animo-japan.com/ ). After the Great Eastern Japan earthquake in March 11, this program started to support children in the area suffering from earthquake and tsunami in a long- term period from educational view point.
We have collected school supplies and sent them to the disaster stricken areas, and also supported holding the festival in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi prefecture. In addition to that, we have intention to promote joining children in schools in suffering area to children in foreign countries so that they can be real friends.
・Solar Lantern project http://www.gaiainitiative.org/gaia_village/
・Plus One Forest project http://www.gaiainitiative.org/forest/
・Plus One Animo project http://www.animo-japan.com/