Aug 12, 2009
On Monday, August 3, 2009, APU Event Organization "Green Gram", which conducts recycling drives and studies environmental issues, held an event entitled "Let's Think about the Environment with APU Students" at the Hiji Children's Center. 20 elementary school students participated.
This event was held in cooperation with the Hiji Children's Center and the Hiji Town Omoshiro Club volunteer group as part of Green Gram's activities with the Oita Rubbish Zero Brigade to which it was appointed last month.
Five club members used a video presentation to explain global warming and discussed measures that can be taken to save the Earth. The elementary school students then wrote their goals on a large flag that was provided. Goals included "Turn off the A/C and turn on a fan!" and "No leftovers after dinner."
The APU students deepened their interactions with the elementary school students by teaching Indonesian phrases and games as well as a dance that uses bamboo poles.
We asked Green Gram representative Tsubouchi Marina (APS2, Japan) to comment about the event and her future aspirations. "I'm glad that this event helped increase the children's interest in environmental issues. I will keep telling everyone that every little act that we do can lead to major change. Even if one person doesn't have the power to make a major change, everyone working together does."
Established in May of this year, Green Gram currently has 6 members—2 international and 4 domestic students—who center their activities on recycling disposable wooden chopsticks into paper. Their activities garnered the attention of Oita Prefecture which appointed them to an environmental conservation group called the Oita Rubbish Zero Brigade last month.