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International Environmental Conference Set for UK April 25-26

Contact: Ralph Derickson

Photo of bridge over Tama River in south Tokyc
Imperial Palace in Tokyo with bridge over the moat surrounding the Palace

Conference topics will include local citizen’s groups working to protect Kentucky’s waters and forests, promote sustainable development in Central Appalachia, grassroots movements opposing disposal of chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky., citizen efforts to clean up nuclear weapons facilities in Colorado, and grassroots participation in environmental protection in Hawaii. The session on the Bluegrass Army Depot will begin at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Taylor Education Building Auditorium.

 

April 23, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- An international conference at which Japanese and American scholars and environmental activists will discuss grassroots environmental movements in Japan and the United States will be held April 25-26 at the University of Kentucky. Conference sessions will be held in UK’s Taylor Education Building.

The conference is sponsored by the UK College of Arts and Sciences, and its Environmental Studies Program, Japan Studies Program, Department of Geography, and Asia Center, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Professor P. P. Karan, Department of Geography and Japan Studies Program, said the sessions are free and open to the public. Karan said conference panelists will include an interdisciplinary group of scholars from economics, political science, sociology, geography and anthropology. The conference will emphasize the ways in which local environmental groups have worked in Japan and the United States to become more responsive to local concerns, he added.

Conference topics will include local citizen’s groups working to protect Kentucky’s waters and forests, promote sustainable development in Central Appalachia, grassroots movements opposing disposal of chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot in Richmond, Ky., citizen efforts to clean up nuclear weapons facilities in Colorado, and grassroots participation in environmental protection in Hawaii. The session on the Bluegrass Army Depot will begin at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in the Taylor Education Building Auditorium.

Japanese environmentalists from Tokyo, Hokkaido, Kyoto, Kanazawa and Nagoya will discuss grassroots movements opposing airport construction to protect coral reefs in Shiraho Sea and supporting the protection of farmland in Tokyo.

Japanese environmentalists also will talk about citizen opposition to nuclear power plants, sustainable development of Tokyo Bay, local efforts to manage Japan’s mountain national parks, environmental-friendly agriculture, urban environment conservation efforts in Kyoto, efforts to save the Kawabe River in Kyushu, wildlife protection in rural Japan, local efforts to protect tidal flats, and “rights of nature.”

Through case studies the conference will highlight some of the opportunities and challenges for local environmental movements that have relevance for policy and action to protect local and regional environments. The experience of environmental movements in Japan and the United States carries important lessons for other regions of the world.

For a complete look at the environmental conference agenda, view this pdf version.


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