Seacology Prize Awarded to Japanese Forest Conservationist

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Mr. Kokichi Kariya
Mr. Kokichi Kariya

On Wednesday, October 3, Seacology will be celebrating the accomplishments of the 2007 Seacology Prize recipient, Kokichi Kariya of Fuzawa, Japan. The Seacology Prize is awarded annually to an indigenous islander for exceptional achievement in preserving the environment and culture of any of the world's 100,000-plus islands.

To honor this heroic gentleman, Seacology is hosting a special awards ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay. Mr. Kariya has spent 42 years in a tireless struggle to save one of the few remaining ancient forests on Honshu Island, Japan. At great personal sacrifice he has challenged aggressive logging companies as well as local, regional and national governments to protect the virgin beech trees of Fuzawa, Japan.

According to Mr. Kariya, "We have been protecting our forests for a long time. We are both surprised and moved that you valued our work and awarded us with honor. Forests protect human lives, nurture all living things, and sustain abundant oceans and beautiful earth. Now the earth is in danger. As more forests are destroyed, the land turns into a desert. We are determined to continue our work to protect forests for our mother earth and humankind in the future."

Event Details

Time: Cocktail Reception at 6:30pm, Keynote Speaker at 7:30pm
Location: St. Francis Yacht Club, 700 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
St. Francis Yacht Club Information: 415-463-6363
R.S.V.P. to Ellen Kamoe at 510.559.3505, Ext. 307 or ellen@seacology.org

For more information and directions, please see the complete announcement on Seacology's website.

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