Wednesday, 11 July 2012

"The Green Tide Embankment" - True Lifesaver against Tsunami

While Ministry of the (Destruction of) Environment is still trying so hard to spread the possibly radioactively contaminated debris to all over Japan, here's a true solution to make best use of what the Tohoku people used to possess (including some missing bodies).

The wrong materials and wrong techniques of constructing the seawalls during the 60's-70's economic growth turned out to be another source of human disaster to kill the few tens of thousands of people (apart from the nuclear accidents).
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Many of us saw this project as at least two of the major weekend TV programs broadcast, but the vested interests are still making money by transporting and burning the debris, with the foolishness represented by the "Environment" Minister Goshi Hosono.  (Some people related to processing the debris burning have died or got hospitalized including the mayor of Hidaka City in Saitama, and seven workers out of 23 who dealt with the ash in the garbage incinerator in Akita - these are the tip of iceberg.)

Below is copy from the YouTube site:

Outlines forest expert Dr. Akira Miyawaki's disaster prevention plan to create authentic, self-sustaining tide embankment forests that will survive even stronger tsunamis and protect lives. Through interviews with Dr. Miyawaki and simple animations, the video demonstrates the problems with current man-made forests and shows how truly native trees are the best protection. The video also shows how many people have been moved to action through clips of dozens of volunteers planting seedlings, including the Venerable Hioki from Rinnoji Temple, who shares how he feels the principles of natural vegetation are in line with Buddhist teachings.

Hioki Doryu, the 44th Abbot of the Rinnoji Soto Zen Temple, is the Association Chairman. Deeply moved by Dr. Miyawaki's proposal to build protective forests from trees native to the area, he and local residents have planted over 33,000 trees from over 50 species around Rinnoji Temple, based on the principles of potential natural vegetation. Through Planting Tree Man shows, newspaper columns, and other media outlets, the Venerable Hioki is committed to teaching everyone, from children to adults, all across the world, about the importance of forests.

The Healing Power of Forests: The Philosophy Behind Restoring Earth's Balance with Native Trees
by Akira Miyawaki and Elgene O. Box

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