A tip of the hat to Martin over at the blog Kurashi News From Japan for these links.
We often hear it said that the children are the future. When I was a kid, we were taught a lot of things that didn't do much to actually make the future better, such as how to hide under a desk in case of a nuclear attack, or about the dairy industry food pyramid chart in every classroom that told to us to eat lots of red meat and drink plenty of milk. Of course, those were also the days when doctors on television ads were telling the parents which brand of cigarettes was good for them.
To really move toward a better future, it would be a good idea to help kids visualize how the world actually could be made to be better and help them come up with ways to achieve it. One program that does just that is the Kids' "Create Your Future!" Website, which is presented by a non-governmental organization called Japan for Sustainability .
A great resource for parents and teachers, the website has articles, comics (series manga), and suggested activities to help kids learn about what can be done to create a sustainable future (ie one that is not using up the resources which will be needed in the future) while at the same time making life in the present better.
The website is in English and is presented to children in 170 different countries to "encourage children to take an interest in environmental issues, think about ways they can help and put their ideas into action". One of things I like about the site is that they encourage kids to think critically and welcome their feedback.
For adults, the Japan for Sustainability website, which is available in Japanese and English, has a wealth of information about environmental issues in Japan, including a database, corporate sustainability reports, articles, cartoons, Japan's environment laws, the latest news and more.
So check out these sites. They are linked to each other, so it doesn't matter where you begin. Maybe the next generations will do a better job than we seem to be doing of preserving our one and only planet .