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The Earth Forum Kyoto

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Statement of Purpose

        Humankind now confronts a deepening environmental crisis, one that requires a global response. Accelerated climate warming, damage to forest and ocean ecosystems, loss of wildlife diversity, and mass consumption of natural resources threaten the foundation of humanity’s very survival, and that of all life on earth.
        Earth is a planet of limited resources, and humankind must collaborate to strike a balance between society, economy and nature, to share the earth’s resources among the people of all nations, and to build sustainable societies.
       There is no single approach to this balance. Each country and region possesses a unique economic and environmental landscape, and each has faced the challenges of providing food and welfare for its people in its own way. From the developed countries that have achieved economic success but have also produced vast clouds of greenhouse gasses, to the emerging economies that now confront the environmental consequences of explosive population growth and development, to the island and polar societies and environments already affected by global warming, it is clear that environmental challenges and solutions vary profoundly from country to country.
        Kyoto is the birthplace of the Kyoto Protocol, in which countries from all over the world first pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and so to tackle the earth’s environmental problem as one. This is not Kyoto’s only legacy, however. For centuries and millennia, Kyoto’s great temples, shrines and gardens have stood as testament of their creators’ understanding that “man is part of nature, and his life comes from nature.” Likewise, Kyoto’s townhouses were built to accommodate nature, not exile it, and Kyoto’s city life, as that of the surrounding countryside, has always depended on intimate knowledge of the seasons, forests, rivers, and seas. Kyoto’s people take particular pride in their association with the Kyoto Protocol, in the ideal of living in harmony with nature, and in passing this heritage on to future generations.
        Nevertheless, as in much of the world, we in Kyoto are in danger of losing our culture and practical wisdom in the quest for convenience and affluence. Humankind must take a hard look at itself, its values, goals and relationship with the natural world, and construct new systems and new philosophies for society, economy, and for everyday life.
        The Earth Forum Kyoto is the result of cooperation between the prefectural government and many universities and research organizations that call Kyoto home. World-renowned academic experts and activists alike have been invited to discuss the environmental and cultural basis of new, more responsible human societies.
        We want to discuss big questions at this forum. How can different countries and regions in different stages of development achieve higher qualities of life? How can sustainable future societies be built? Can we formulate systems and principles that reallocate wealth fairly? We seek concrete proposals in regards to these questions.
        Kyoto provides an ideal environment in which to discuss the coexistence of humanity and nature. Yet all cultures contain visions of harmonious life; The Earth Forum Kyoto invites us to share these visions and describe a way to realize our common ideals so that people of every nation may live in a sustainable world alongside all other living things.

The Earth Forum Kyoto

1. Date

February 13(Sat)-14(Sun), 2009

2. Venue

Kyoto International Conference Center(KICC), Main Hall & Room B1

3. Guests

500 people – participation is free
(application instructions will be published in late December)

4. Program

10:00~11:45




 

The Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto Award Ceremony

Addresses:
Keiji Yamada, Governor, Kyoto Prefecture
Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor, Kyoto City
The Award Ceremony:
Chairman of the Management Council (Director General of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
Congratulatory Speeches:
Minister of the Environment
Chairman of Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Acceptance Speeches:
the award recipients

13:00~

International Symposium
Nature and Culture as pillar of future development (tentative)

Organizers'addresses:
Hiroshi Matsumoto, President, Kyoto University
Keiji Yamada, Governor, Kyoto Prefecture
Daisaku Kadokawa, Mayor, Kyoto City

13:25~  Keynote speech 1 Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge (40 min)
14:05~ Keynote speech 2  Xiaoyi Liao, President of NGO Global Village of Beijing (40 min)
Coffee break
15:00~

Panel Discussion (90 min)

Tomoya Akimichi, Vice Director General, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme Financial Initiative
Sir Partha Dasgupta
Xiaoyi Liao
Kazuhiro Ueta, the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University

16:30~ Closing Address: Go Takeba, President of Kyoto Prefectural University

5. Organizers

The Earth Forum Kyoto

  • Organized by
    Kyoto University
    Research Institute for Humanity and Nature(RIHN)
    Kyoto Prefectural University
    Kyoto Prefecture
  • Co-hosted by
    Nikkei Newspapers; NHK Kyoto; Kyoto Model forest Association
  • Supported by
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Ministry of the Environment; Kyoto City; Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry; the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto

The Earth Hall of Fame Kyoto Management Council

Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto City
Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Ministry of the Environment
National Institutes for Humanities, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature(RIHN)
International Institute for Advanced Studies
Kyoto International Conference Center

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