Thursday, July 09, 2015

Rethinking Sustainability Friday July 17, 2015 19:00-21:00 @ Sophia University

This event is organized by PSC in collaboration with the Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture, with support from Peace Boat, Greenpeace and Pangea Seed Japan.


Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) presents
--- Rethinking Sustainability ---
Current issues and the way forward after 3.11
Friday July 17, 2015 19:00-21:00

Guest speaker:
Binka Le Breton, President, Director, Amigos de Iracambi 

Pania Lincoln, Regional Director, Pangea Seed Japan
Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan
Yuko Omura, International Coordinator, Peace Boat
Professor David Slater, Sophia University 
Sarajean Rossitto, Nonprofit NGO Consultant, Sophia Lecturer

Our featured guest speaker from Brazil will start us off with an introduction to sustainability and the global sustainability movement. Japanese NGO representatives will share their work related to ocean conservation, food and energy sustainability issues and share how 3.11 impacted their work.
Location: Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus Bldg. 10, room 301
In English; no translation.
Open to the public; no prior registration necessary
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More details:
In an age of increased interdependence, sustainability remains the most pertinent challenge of our generation. As the world mediates the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) and People for Social Change (PSC) presents an exciting panel discussion reconceptualizing contemporary understandings of sustainability.

Alongside our special guest speaker from Brazil Binka Le Breton, panelists will include Japanese NGO representatives sharing their insights on developments in the sustainability movement. Ranging in expertise from ocean conservation to food and energy sustainability, the event will focus on the present practice of sustainability and explore its potential evolution in the decades to come.

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554
+81-(0)3-3238-4082 (Tel) / +81-(0)3-3238-4081 (Fax)

About the speakers

Guest speaker
Binka Le Breton, Author, Environmentalist and Activist
Binka Le Breton lives in Brazil's Atlantic Forest where she co-directs the Iracambi Research Center, which welcomes dozens of researchers, students and volunteers every year to help in its work of saving forests and changing lives. Iracambistas work with the local community to protect the rainforest, improve rural livelihoods and create and implement sound environmental policy at local and state level. In an isolated rural area which formerly had little hope for its future, Iracambi is a catalyst for community action, resulting in greatly improved access to health, education and communications, and more importantly, a new concept of "Yes, we can". Binka travels extensively on the lecture circuit, sharing her passion for environmental and human rights, and her books explore topics such as modern-day slavery, land conflicts, profiles of human rights activists and forced disappearance in Colombia and beyond.
Pania Lincoln, Regional Director, Pangea Seed Japan
Pania is an educator and regional director of PangeaSeed Japan, an NGO working towards conservation and awareness building of the plight of sharks.  Utilising her diverse background in art and IT, politics, volunteering, and animal rights activism, Pania brings a unique and positive perspective to the dialogue about oceans in Japan. Today she will talk about sustainability as it relates to oceans and the necessity role of sharks in that ocean sustainability.
About PangeaSeed Japan: PSJ is a Japan-based non-governmental and nonprofit organisation working together with creative individuals and groups towards a common goal of positive education about sharks and marine life. Through artivism, events, educational talks and campaigns we work to create a change within the community and develop an understanding of the need to preserve and protect the world’s oceans.
Junichi Sato, Executive Director, Greenpeace Japan,
Junichi began his career in the field of microfinance and has also worked on poverty and environmental issues. He worked in fair trade before joining Greenpeace Japan as a project staff member in 2001. He introduced the “Zero Waste” policy that was instituted in other countries including Australia, New Zealand and the UK, as well as Japan. He was soon promoted to toxics campaign leader, and in 2005 became leader of the Ocean’s Project, where he campaigned on issues such as overfishing and illegal fishing. In December 2010, Junichi became the Executive Director at Greenpeace Japan. He continues to work on ending the subsidies for Japan’s whaling programme, the ongoing problems created by the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the many other environmental issues Greenpeace campaigns on.
Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace. 
Yuko Omura, International Coordinator, Peace Boat
Before joining Peace Boat as a volunteer interpreter in 2009, Yuko was actively campaigning to protect the natural habitat in Henoko from the threat of a new military base. Yuko has since traveled to Okinawa 4 times with Peace Boat and observed first hand the destruction of nature brought about by plans to build a new base in Henoko and extra helicopter pads in the northern area of Takae. These plans threaten to destroy unique and rare habitats which are havens of bio-diversity and home to endangered species such as the Dugong and the Okinawa Woodpecker.
About Peace Boat: Peace Boat is a Japan-based international non-governmental organization that seeks to create awareness and action through the organization of global educational programmes, responsible travel, cooperative projects and advocacy activities. Peace Boat carries out its main activities through a chartered passenger ship that travels the world on peace voyages.