Note: Japanese activists arrived at the UN CBD COP-10 meetings 45 days
after beginning their 800 kilometer walk–to protest the fact that the
Japanese government is allowing the construction of a new nuclear power
plant in one of the most pristine areas remaining in Japan–a place with
many endangered and endemic species.
It is not unprecedented for the host country for the UN Biodiversity
Convention to be simultaneously causing massive destruction of
biodiversity. In 2008, the CBD COP-9 took place in Germany only days
after Germany struck a deal with Brazil to exchange nukes for agrofuels.
And Brazil hosted the COP-8 in 2006 at the same time that they were
allowing GE soy to expand uncontrollably into the Amazon forest. Ain’t
–Anne Petermann, for the GJEP Team
Source: 7 Generations Walk
Nagoya, Japan–Anti-nuclear activists from Japan began the 7 Generations
Walk on 25th August 2010, walking over 800km from Kaminoseki-cho in
Yamaguchi Prefecture to the UN Biodiversity COP-10 in Nagoya. This is
We have started a hunger strike in protest of the nuclear plant, for the
sea and for future generations. Our leader, who is also a monk, has not
eaten or drank anything for 7 days as of today.
On the morning of 15th October, barges gathered off Kaminoseki-cho in
Yamaguchi Prefecture, the
planned site of the Kaminoseki nuclear power plant, to begin filling in
the sea. This place is a biodiversity hot spot, full of endangered
species. Also, it’s the gateway of the Seto Inland Sea. The effect of this
reclamation and the eventual nuclear power plant is immeasurable.
We started the walk to spread the message of co-existence and to think
about what we
want to hand on to future generations.
While we walked, we felt a connection with the land, ocean and sky and
realized that we are able to live only because of nature.
Call, fax and email the following to protest the construction of this
nuclear power plant in the biodiverse and beautiful Seto inland sea of
Chogoku Electric Power company: +81-082-241-0211 ph / +81-082-523-6185 fax
Imori Industry: +81-820-22-1500 or +81-80-5612-6710 or +81-80-1939-4251
Yamaguchi Prefectural Governor: +81-83-933-2570 ph / +81-83-933-2599
Contact the Japanese Embassy in the US:
+1-202-238-6700 ph / +1-202-328-2187
(You can search the internet contact information for other Japanese