GLH partners around the world
Partners in Profile December Entry features David Krieger, President of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, from the United States of America
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Midpoint Planting Ceremony
September 21, 2019 was the International Day of Peace. On this day, at the geographical mid-point between Hiroshima and Nagasaki a special planting ceremony took place under the leadership of Mr. Akio Nishikiori - an A-Bomb survivor, long-time GLH Committee member as well as a dedicated architect for Hiroshima's revival. This project, to plant A-Bomb saplings from both Nagasaki and Hiroshima respectively on the two sides of the lake in Oike Park of Koge Town, Fukuoka Prefecture, was initiated last year. A bridge is also planned to be built across the lake connecting the Nagasaki and Hiroshima sites. Read More
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University of North Carolina - January 2020
Our dear partner in North Carolina, Kathleen Burkinshaw who spear-headed the Green Legacy tree planting at the University of NC, Wilmington(UNCW) sends us this photo with the tree at her daughter's graduation in May 2019. The sapling is growing well and survived the 2018 Hurricane Florence, which did a lot of damage in Wilmington. Kathleen was also invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarter NYC in November about her mother, a Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor. Her book on her mother, The Last Cherry Blossom, is now as an recommended education resource by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs and was recently reviewed in the Japan Times
Dunedin Botanic Garden - January 2020
Thanks to Mr. Lee Valence we have some updates from Dunedin Botanic Garden in New Zealand: 'The Manager recently inspected the saplings, photos displayed here. They are seen located outside in their shade house, in two different sized pots. The tallest is approximately 450 mm tall and the smallest is around 200 mm tall. The weather in the shade house in the last two months has not been the most ideal, but the saplings are all still healthy and growing!'
Al Akhawayn University - January 2020
Our wonderful partner at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, has just sent updates about what the powerful seeds from Hiroshima now look like! With gratitude for the work of all the scientists and gardeners there—GLH’s first North African partners.
Activities in Hiroshima - December 2019
In early December, fifteen participants and two mentors of the UNITAR Empowering Social Entrepreneurs and Youth Leaders for Iraq Programme attended a short session on Hibaku Jumoku and GLH activities, presented by Yuko and Jenny of the GLH Secretariat team. These talented young social entrepreneurs from Iraq seemed inspired by the Hiroshima trees, and hopefully will nurture some saplings in Iraq in the future.
Activities in Hiroshima - November 2019
GLH Seed-picking 2019 (See a short video here)
Under the guidance of GLH Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi and on a beautiful autumnal Saturday morning, 30 people gathered at the Shukkeien Garden for an annual GLH seed-picking event. This year the seed-picking team, usually composed of only GLH secretariat and committee members, was strengthened further by a number of other volunteers, notably international students from Hiroshima Shudo University and junior writers from Chukoku Newspaper. Gingko biloba seeds were picked at the Shukkeien Garden and Kurogane Holly seeds at Hiroshima Castle.
Every fall, thanks to the resilience and generosity of hibaku-jumoku, GLH can introduce more and more young people to the stories of these special trees—in the hope that the new generation will inherit the strength to stay connected, through them, with peace and with nature.
Tibet Center Austria - November 2019
The gingko sapling at Tibet Center Austria is ready for the harsh winter. Thanks to the devoted work of Michael Kosch it is now surrounded by a safety net against foraging deers and rabbits and covered by a "blanket" made from leaves as protection from the heavy snow. Thank you Michael—may it stay strong and survive the freezing temperature!
Sonoma County Peace Crane Project - September 2019
News came from Sonoma County in California - 10 of the Hibaku Gingko seeds that arrived in July have sprouted! Sonoma County Peace Crane Project is an all-volunteer community group committed to creating peace and harmony. The first picture is of the group members when they opened the seed package from Hiroshima. The third photo is from the Nuclear Remembrance Day Event on August 4th, during which the group promoted the seed for Peace project using two bonsai gingko trees from a local bonsai group. We sincerely hope the Gingko from Hiroshima grows strong into beautiful trees in Sonoma County as advocates and reminders for peace and nature.
Sophia University - August 2019
On 30 August, a Hiabaku camellia japonica sapling was planted on the grounds of Sophia University, one of the most prestigious Japanese universities. Sophia University thus is now officially a member of the GLH global community!
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR, and Ms. Miki Sugimura, Vice President for Global Academic Affairs from Sophia University, each gave a speech at the planting ceremony coordinated by the two institutions. Mr. Michimasa Hirata, a representative of Hiroshima A-bomb survivors, also attended at the invitation of UNITAR and gave his A-bomb survivor testimony. As the flower that blooms in winter months, the symbolic language of camellia is “my destiny is in your hands.” Mr. Hirata called for his strong wish to "never use the atomic bomb again" and take “our destiny" in our own collective hands.
The planting ceremony was covered by Chugoku Newspaper in Japanese: https://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/local/news/article.php?comment_id=566351&comment_sub_id=0&category_id=256
Activities in Hiroshima - August 2019
Preparing to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the A-bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, GLH hosted a small field visit led by Master Gardener Chikara Horiguchi, to greet several Hibaku Jumoku, notably those in Hiroshima Castle and on the bank of Ota River - Kurogane Holly, Eucalyptus, Camphor tree, etc.. The trees are thriving through another summer of excessive heat and humidity here in Japan. Mr. Horiguchi guided us around the city, telling the story of each Hibaku Jumoku while showing archive pictures of the trees taken right after the bombing. The Hibaku Camphor tree in the Motomachi Apartment Housing Compound has grown into the tallest tree among Hibaku Jumoku, 25 meters off the ground. The weeping willow on the bank of Ota River - hibaku-jumoku documented that is closest to the hypocenter - even though half of its trunk is withering and tilting towards the ground, new shoots are sprouting on the other half. The miracle of the survivor trees and their strength continues in Hiroshima.