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British traveler will plant 230,000 trees in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2005-06-10

He calls himself the earth walker.

The 50-year-old British citizen is on a crusade for peace, and plans to plant 230,000 new trees on Okinawa between now and August. Paul Callman’s been here before, bringing his brand of world friendship to Okinawa a year ago. Since leaving England in 2000, he’s traveled to most of Europe’s countries, Africa and Japan.

He has been an ardent supporter of clean beaches, and works closely with local beaches cleanup specialist Edo Sanchez. “He has wonderful ideas,” says Callman. “I agree with him and am going to plant trees with him.” Callman says he is “praying for Okinawa’s peaceful future.”

Callman’s idea for planting 230,000 trees stems from the number of war dead in the 1945 Battle of Okinawa. Ceremonies this year mark the 60th anniversary of that bloody three-month battle, and Callman says his tree planting will be a memorial. He plans to work with local leaders and ordinary citizens to palnt the trees, mostly on the beach areas of the island.

He launched his campaign this week with a public ceremony at Naha CityHall. Now he’s looking for supporters to contribute seedlings, and to help with the actual planting. Anyone interested can fax their personal information to 098-965-5371, or contact him via email at earthwalkerokinawa@hotmail.com.

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