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Local environmental summit makes commitment to future

Date Posted: 2005-10-22

Environmentalists from across Okinawa are waging a campaign for the hearts and minds of children.

The Okinawa Children’s Environmental Summit over the weekend attracted 30 children committed to making a difference in improving the environment. The youngsters met at the one-day Summit at Sueyoshi Park in Naha City, with much of their discussion targeted to adults.

“We want to tell adults to stop tossing away litter outside,” the summit participants are pleading. “Please pick up litter!” The 30 kids targeted adults to be recruited for the local clean up the environment movement. They’re asking adults to volunteer to be part of the process, understanding the importance of nature.

The youngsters believe nature’s most important, and want adults to realize it too. They want adults to begin listening to kids when they talk about nature and the environment, and then spread the message to other adults.

“We want to keep the ocean clean, skies blue, and everything right for forests, birds and animals,” said a spokesman for the group. She noted there is a lot of important work to be done to protect nature on Okinawa.

Yuriko Koike, the Environmental Minister, said she “promised the children that I’ll have a conference with other Asian countries about these issues.” She also said they will talk about how to deal with ocean wreckage and debris in other countries.

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