I'm living in Kusatsu-shi, Shiga-ken for an undetermined amount of time and teaching English as a second language at a local high school. This journal is to document my experiences, thoughts, and to stay connected with others at home and abroad.

Monday, April 21, 2008

地球の日のため琵琶湖を掃除する活動:Cleaning up Lake Biwa for Earth Day

For those who don't know, International Earth Day is on April 22nd. In order to help celebrate this, I helped organize a group of ALTs here in Shiga to clean up a part of the shoreline in Nagahama, at the northern end of Lake Biwa (Japan's largest and dirtiest lake). As you can see, we had our work cut out for us, but in about 3 and 1/2 hours we collected 33 bags of most useless crap.


But seeing how much of an impact we could make with around 10~15 people in such a short amount of time was really uplifting. I'm hoping that we can make this a monthly thing, and that in the process other Japanese citizens will see us taking care of their (and our) home and begin to take more strict efforts to maintain the environment.


I have quite a few more photos from the event that you can see here on Flickr:
Biwako Clean-up: 琵琶湖を清掃


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