GLH partners around the world
Partners in Profile May 2020 Entry features Polish scientists: Dr. Marta Joanna Monder and Dr. Tomasz Zawistowski
Partners in Profile April 2020 Entry features David Petersen and Mandy Conti, Authors
Partners in Profile March 2020 Entry features Tommy Koh, Ambassador-At-Large, Singapore
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Midpoint Planting Ceremony
See here for 2019-2020 Hibaku second-generation seeds availability for dispatch.
San Diego Botanic Garden - May 2020
GLH Coordinator Nassrine Azimi visited the little Ginkgo donated by her mother on behalf of GLH to the San Diego Botanical Garden in Encinitas, California. It is looking superbly healthy, and will be planted in soil in about two years. SDBG Curator, Jeremy Bugarchich, is in the picture with the Ginkgo.
Seattle Japanese Garden - May 2020
GLH's wonderful partner Susan Ott from Seattle just sent us a photo collage, tracing the growth of Hibaku Ginkgo seeds over three weeks at the Seattle Japanese Garden. We will keep following up on the seedlings' growth and, hopefully, have a timeline documenting the creation of new lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken many lives and disrupted life as we knew it. It has, however, made us more attuned to the resilience and beauty of Nature, and the human spirit.
Click the picture on the right to see the full collage
Hiroshima University - April 2020
Thanks to Professor Shin-ichi Uye, GLH friend and Committee member, a second-generation survivor Aogiri (Chinese Parasol) was planted on the campus of Hiroshima University. The official ceremony, to plant all species of Hibaku Jumoku and creating the ’Small Peace Path’ on campus was canceled. But this did not stop our devoted Prof. Uye from marking this special week — and Earth Day — by planting this lone sapling. It shall hopefully soon be joined by its many other friends!
Picture #3 is from Earth Day Planting at Tembusu College, Singapore, in 2014 with Professor Uye on the right.
Activities in Hiroshima - February 2020
GLH Field Visit with participants of the UNITAR Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Training Programme
Eighteen governmental officials from ten countries, representing mostly ministries of foreign affairs and defense and participating in the UNITAR Nuclear Disarmament Programme 2020 went on a field visit led by the GLH secretariat team Nassrine Azimi, Yuko Baba, and Jenny Xin Luan. The visit started at the Hibaku Weeping Willow, closest to the hypocenter among all hibaku-jumoku, and ended at the Hibaku Kurogane Holly at the heart of the Hiroshima Castle. The participants had many questions about how the survivor trees could silently document the history of the atomic bombing, and also preserve the legacy from the environment's perspective.
Afghan Legacy Project Botanic Garden Network - January 2020
On January 31st, the inaugural seminar for the Afghan Botanical Garden Networks, part of the Afghan Fellowship Legacy Projects (AFLP) of UNITAR, was launched at the EDEN (Emerging and Developing Economies Network) Seminar, held at Shizenkan University, Tokyo, Japan. Afghanistan's Ambassador to Japan Dr. Bashir Mohabbat and the architect Professor Hiroshi Naito spoke alongside GLH Coordinator Dr. Nassrine Azimi about Afghanistan and botanical gardens. President Monte Cassim of Shizenkan University chaired the session. We look forward to expanding this project to include many allies with interest in botanical gardens, and will be in touch with our global GLH partner botanical gardens with more details soon. See more information here: https://www.edenseminars.org/ouractivities/eden-seminar-iii.
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, Dr. El Asli and his team, 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.