Green Legacy Hiroshima: Archived News

  • October 23, 2013: 76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session "Green Legacy Hiroshima: Encounters with Nature, Science, War and Memory"

The UNITAR Hiroshima Office, in collaboration with ANT-Hiroshima, recently held a Public Session that examined the continued efforts of Green Legacy Hiroshima to spread worldwide seeds and saplings of Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. The Public Session served as an opportunity to reflect on the deeper meaning and message of A-bomb survivor trees, and was attended by more than 100 representatives of the wider Hiroshima community.

Green Legacy Hiroshima was established in July 2011. It aims to work with many diverse people and communities – those striving for a world free  from nuclear threats, those committed to a greener planet, those hoping to honor and remember victims of wars past and present, or those simply wanting to create peace gardens in their communities. Launched as a volunteer initiative a few months after the catastrophic 2011 Tohoku Region earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, and with institutional support by UNITAR and ANT-Hiroshima, Green Legacy Hiroshima has quickly found resonance among a wide range of individuals and institutions in Hiroshima and around the world: seeds or saplings of the A-Bomb survivor trees now grow in about 20 countries.
 

The Public Session opened with a presentation by Nassrine Azimi, UNITAR Senior Advisor, examining the vision and action of Green Legacy Hiroshima to date, including an outline of some of the countries to which seeds and saplings have successfully been sent. This was followed by Mr. Chikara Horiguchi, Arborist, outlining the specific genus of the survivor trees, and the methods of their propagation. Noted Hiroshima Architect and Atomic-bomb Survivor, Mr. Akio Nishikori then examined Hiroshima’s recovery and the formation of urban beauty.

Professor Masakazu Suzuki, of Tsukuba University, followed with an outline of his research into the trees themselves, in particular the fact that some 80% of survivor trees with a single trunk lean toward the hypocenter. Professor Suzuki proposes that this is due to the fact that cells on the side of the trunk facing the hypocenter were damaged by the bomb’s heat rays and radiation, making the exposed side grow more slowly than the other. A question and answer period concluded the Public Session.
 
The Public Session (held on 23 October 2013), was covered by the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper in a number of articles in Japanese (12) and English.

 

  • September 19: First in the 2013-2014 seed-picking season – the Jujube!

The Jujube tree (Ziziphus jujuba) on Peace Boulevard offered the first bounty of the GLH seed-picking season this year. Thanks to botanical advisors Horiguchi san and Sera san, new efforts to have seeds germinate have started (last year we were not successful!).

  • In July 2013 GLH started its third year, now accompanied by partners in some 20 countries.  


     

  • On Saturday 27 April, 2013 Sally Fegan-Wyles, Executive Director of UNITAR, accompanied by the Green Legacy Hiroshima team, visited some of the survivor trees. Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo, Chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation and Mr. Akio Nishikiori, President of the Hiroshima Architects Association - both members of the Green Legacy Hiroshima Working Group -- joined the tour on a beautiful sunny day. The visit took the group to the memorial of Dr. Marcel Junod, head of the ICRC delegation at the time of the atomic bombing, and a well-loved, renowned figure in Hiroshima.  For this occasion, a second-generation Gingko biloba sapling, destined to be planted on the ICRC grounds at its headquarters in Geneva, was handed over to the UNITAR delegation.  Thanks to Sally and Alex Mejia, the sapling has now arrived safely in the hands of the gardeners at ICRC headquarters, and will be planted this year in a special ceremony marking 6 August. 

  • Visit to Hiroshima by Deputy Director of Irkutsk Botanical Gardens, Dr. Svetlana Sizykh, and Agricultural Counselor of Embassy of Chile, Tokyo, Mr. Vicente Pinto, August 2012(photos below)

 

 

 

  • On 6 August 2012, the day of the 67th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima in 1945, UNITAR and the new entity representing Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative finalized a Memorandum of Understanding that will build upon the work undertaken over the past year during the pilot phase for three additional years.  - Click for More
  • Green Legacy Hiroshima Plants a Second Generation A-Bombed Persimmon Tree on Hiroshima`s Peace Boulevard

To mark the visit of the UNITAR Executive Director Dr. Carlos Lopes, H.E. Mayor Matsui and the Green Legacy Working Group gathered for a tree-planting ceremony on 30 March 2012. On the occassion, a stone memorial was also dedicated by Dr. Lopes. Children from the chorus "I Pray" offered a musical performance in honour of the event.

(広島市広報課提供/photo courtesy of Hiroshima City)


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