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'I Love Okinawa Beach' campaign coming up

Date Posted: 2012-02-10

Local environmental groups are gearing up to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the I Love Okinawa Campaign, which kicks off at Cape Maeda March 5th.

The annual event caps the year-long series of events, which include monthly cleanups every third Sunday from March through November, and participation in major cleanup campaigns, with Coral Day, or San-Go Day in Japanese. Organizer Edo Heinrich-Sanchez says this year’s III Stage of the I Love Okinawa Campaign will be a ten-year project stretching to 2022. It will focus on the include3E plus ONE concepts of Education, Environment and Eco-Economy.

The education role includes endorsement of the World Education Games, the March 6th World Spelling Day, the March 7th World Math Day, and the first World Science Day. Sanchez is asking everyone to “Help us put Okinawa on the map by registering as TEAM RYUKYU, followed by the school being attended, or the municipality lived in, i.e. Onna Village.” An on-line, real time platform is open from now until the March games, permitting practice participation for everyone from age four through high school.

Adults, says Sanchez, can join and play just for fun. Language students can join to use English to get something done using ‘real’ English. Sanchez issues the challenge to everyone with the ChiMuKukuru Spirit to join the project. I-Phone apps are available for the World Education Games.

For those teachers interested in participating in the launch of the First World Science Games platform start, please contact mybeachprojectx-11chiefnavi@ezweb.ne.jp
Meet at the Seaside House on the campus of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology http://www.oist.jp/seaside-house-0. The practice platform for the World Science Games will be open on February 14th Valentines Day, Sanchez adds, urging “please join us at the Seaside House at OIST from 3 p.m. ~ 6 p.m.

Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. ~ 5 p.m. at the IT Studio on the 2nd floor of the Children’s Center at the Okinawa Zoo, (Okinawa Kids Discovery Kingdom Foundation), there are additional activities. Details are available at http://www.iloveokinawa.org

Environmental b each cleanups and promotion of the Honolulu Strategy, as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Program / U.S. National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency, with the spirit of the UNESCO 1998 International Year of the Ocean, is a top organization priority, adds Sanchez. The group’s Eco-Economy challenge includes Mensore Day, which means ‘welcome’ in the Ryukyu language, on the 22nd of each month. Sanchez says “it’s time to put our 22nd Century caps on to promote intelligent and responsible tourism.

PLUS One involves the Earth Charter Initiative, a blueprint for a sustainable future. Good planets are hard to find, explains Sanchez, who says “we are looking at the Earth Charter to help us care for the planet we live on. Earth is our blue home.” Sanchez can be reached at edo@okinawaocean.org for further information and to join or sponsor activiti

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