CELEBRATION EARTH IS A LEAD EVENT OF THE CULTURE OF PEACE INITIATIVE
Celebration Earth is a year long festival for peace that welcomes global cooperation and participation and seeks to practice the ‘Peace Day, Every Day’ spirit envisioned by the 'Culture of Peace' UN designated Peace Messenger Initiative and embodied by the ‘International Day of Peace.’ Through a joyful series of events, we wish to gift the world a model of international peace and inner peace.
Celebration Earth empowers by providing a framework and connection that can be useful to individuals and the global community. By promoting the positive actions and events of our member organisations and individuals through our various networks and communities, Celebration Earth enables them to deliver their message to the world. Celebration Earth Is Free! We each create our own activity and call on others in the network for support. This support can come in many forms; participation, volunteering, promoting, you name it. Having a succesfull, group running on no money is empowering and enables people to see that all you need to succeed is the willpower. Each of us can make the world a better place - especially with a little help from some friends.
PEACE FOR THE EARTH - THEME FOR 2010
To all Celebration Earth members and thank you for your support that helped make last years launch such a wonderful success. Last year began with the 'Day The Earth Laughs' which was held to raise the spirit... through joy and laughter there flows positive energy and positive energy heals. This year we're directing this positive energy to the main theme of the 2010 Celebration Earth events, 'PEACE FOR THE EARTH'.
If we can make PEACE FOR THE EARTH, we will make PEACE FOR OURSELVES. Peace for the Earth is peace for something greater and other than ourselves. There is energy in humility. Let`s wish and create peace for our silent partner, our nurturer in life. PEACE FOR THE EARTH.
'PEACE FOR THE EARTH is PEACE FOR OURSELVES'
What does PEACE FOR THE EARTH mean to you? How do you think we can best advance PEACE FOR THE EARTH?
Yuji Miyata, kicked off this years Celebration Earth activities with the continuation of his walk through Vietnam which began with a tree planting ceremony in Hanoi on the International Day of Peace and finished in Ho Chi Minh City with a tree planting on Earthday 2010.
Ultimately, after walking through many countries he will end up in London in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. His goal is to spread the message of peace through the preservation, protection and restoration of the earth. Any support has he makes his Celebration Earth Great Green Bridge Walk from Beijing to China will be greatly appreciated. Others are encouraged to participate in whatever way they can.
Last year Celebration Earth activities, were held throughout Japan and in Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, USA, and South Africa. Thousands of trees were planted, hundred of talks given, at schools, universities, town halls and community centres and a LOT of media was generated, especially in North East Asia, thanks to the two major walks of Yuji Miyata, who walked through Korea, Okinawa, Taiwan and Vietnam, and Koichi Nakatani, the tree planting father and his family, who walked from Hokkaido in the north of Japan to Okinawa in the south.
Celebration Earth was co-founded by Paul Coleman and Kina Shoukichi, Japan's great musician and peace activist who is now a Senator for Okinawa in the Japanese Diet and brought into reality by a group of very committed people in Okinawa.
CELEBRATION EARTH ACTIVITIES UPDATE: JULY 2010
Update 1: Yuji Miyata has now walked through Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam on his 'Peace For The Earth' Celebration Earth Walk to London for the 2012 Olympics.He`s planting trees and spreading the peace and environmental message all the way.
Special thanks to Rebecca Chen who met Yuji in Taiwan and decided to walk around the island spreading the peace and environmental message. People joined her as she made her way.
Update 2: This year Atsushi Togami is doing the Celebration Earth Walk through Japan Many friends have joined him as he makes his 2,500 km walk from Hokkaido to Okinawa for the Peace Day Celebrations of 2010. Like Koichi his wlak is drwaing a LOT of attention.
Koichi Nakatani, Japans Tree Planting Father continues his tree planting mission and has now become a globe trotting environmental reporter advising a major international Japanese company at the same time.
Update 3: Konomi Kikuchi and Paul Coleman will be spreadingthe Celebration Earth message with a visit to South Africa to plant trees in November with The Wonderful World Tree Planting Festival. Last years trip, which was coordinated by Food and Trees for Africa was a great success and we expect similar results this year.
Update 4: Celebrations for Okinawa now being planned. Events will include concerts, tree plantings, speeches, and walks and more.
CELEBRATION EARTH EVENTS OF 2009
SABANI PEACE TREASURE SHIP ARRIVES WITH THE SEVEN GODS OF HAPPINESS The Official Opening Ceremony April 1st 2009: Shuri Castle, Okinawa: The Day The Earth Laughs This event began at Shuri Castle and finished after a walk through Naha City to the port to meet the arrival of the Seven Gods of Happiness in an event coordinated with Senator Kina Shoukichi. For More Information the event that began Celebration Earth please visit OPENING CEREMONY
OFFICIAL CLOSING CEREMONY A World Peace Prayer/UN Flags of the World Ceremony, a Parade of Nations along the busiest street in Naha, the capital of Okinawa that culminated with a free concert given by Kina Shoukichi and Champloose and aTree planting ceremony in Okinawa to mark peaceday and the arrival of Koichi Nakatani and fellow walkers to Okinawa.
Japan's Tree Planting Father, Koichi Nakatani, walked thousands of kilometers through Japan, to Okinawa for the September 21st International Day of Peace Celebrations. Planting trees all the way, he and his fellow walkers gave many speeches and gave Celebration Earth a very high media profile throughout Japan. With Koichi is Ai, his wife, their son Ishin and friends. Angelo Bio Diesel fue; company graciously loaned a vehicle that ran on used cooking oil as a support vehicle for the entire trip.
On January 1st 2009 Yuji Miyata (In middle of picture) began walking from Korea to London, where he expects to be in time for the 2012 Olympic games. Yuji walked through the mainland of Korea, then around Jeju Island and on April 1st completed his walk around Okinawa at the Official Opening Ceremony of Celebration Earth at Shuri Castle. Following Peaceday Yuji moved on to Taiwan and completed a high profile walk that has inspired other people to walk the island for peace following his departure.
On Peaceday 2009 he planted a tree in Hanoi and then walked through Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City where he arrived on Earthday 2010. His journey continues. ------------------------- MAJOR CONCERTS EarthdayPeaceday 2009: Tokyo & Okinawa Concerts Featuring Japanese Senator/Musician Kina Shoukichi and Champloose
KINA SHOUKICHI ROCKS AS THE FINAL ACT AT EARTHDAY TOKYO 2009 TALK SHOWS May 20th – June 10th 2009: Japan Tour of Jeunesse Park, Paul Coleman and Konomi Kikuchi Jeunesse Park is the Founder and Executive Director of Food and Trees For Africa won the 2007 UNEP Sasakawa Prize, which is considered to be the world's foremost environmental prize. Talks shows featured Japanese activist and comedian, Tentsukuman, Earthwalker Paul Coleman and his wife author Konomi Kikuchi. In partnership with the Wonderful World Tree Planting Festival(WWTPF) and The New Alliance for Humanity CELEBRATION EARTH GARDEN
Celebration Earth opened a Peace garden in the middle of a Japanese Military base..
EARTH JUMPS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
Major earth jumps included Tokyo Earthday, where thousands leapt joyously and were recorded in Hawaii, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, USA, Ethiopea, South Africa and more
MONORAIL CLEAN UPS: Okinawa's mono rail stations were cleaned, by Celebration Earth along with partner 'Roots and Shoots' (Jane Goodalls organisation) .
PEACE MEDITATIONS/PRAYER CEREMONIES/CANDLE LIGHT VIGILS Were held the entire year through Japan and elsewhere
Tree plantings are happy events that draw a lot of positive PR and major ones occurred throughout the year. Trees were planted throughout Japan, Okinawa and Taiwan.