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Organizing "Global Children's Eco Summit 2012"
Jul 17, 2012
Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. (President: Naofumi Negishi, hereinafter called Sekisui Chemical) is organizing the "Global Children's Eco Summit 2012" for seven days from 1 August (Wed) to 7 August (Tue) as an event to commemorate 65 years since the founding of the company. This is the first in five years since the 60th anniversary, and this time it is expanding the scale, with a total of 85 children of company employees from the major sites around the world invited to participate in environmental exchanges and activities displays.

1. Theme/Objectives

The main theme is "Thinking about the future living in harmony with nature". At the summit, children with high environmental awareness will discuss and will ultimately announce to the group on what needs to be done to bequeath the rapidly vanishing nature to the next generation, based on a sustainable business model, which is the aim of Sekisui Chemical. Further, the top management will make a declaration regarding contributions to the environment, responding to proposals made by the children.
The plan is to expand and establish to all sites around the world their involvement in environmental contribution activities, such as nature protection activities, based on greater conservation of biodiversity, in light of these activities.
Sekisui Chemical aims to be a business that grows around the axis of the environment, as well as supplying services and developing products that link to social and environmental contributions, and to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities, based on the environmental ideal of "aim to be a Global Environmental Top Runner that contributes to the realization of a sustainable society by enabling the continuous growth and co-existence of ecology and the economy".

2. Activity Summary

The children will study the world heritage sites of Nara and Kyoto to understand the historical value of the buildings, and by studying the building materials and construction methods they used, they will learn to appreciate the gifts of nature.
During a field survey of Lake Biwa, they will experience deep water and encounter the relationships between the native fish and the people who live there, to understand the blessings of the lake and the importance of water.
Further, they will study unique environmental contribution activities of the local Japanese sites and search for ideas of activities that fit in other sites around the world.
In addition, they will discuss the future composition of the environment in light of these experiences and from activities in their native coutries and regions where they live, declare their involvement from the children's standpoint, and make environmental proposals to the adults, including their parents.

Schedule:1 August (Wed) to 7 August (Tue), 2012
Sponsor:Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd.
With cooperation from NGO "RAMSAR CENTER" (environmental education program)
Participants:Children of employees from around the world (32 from Japan and 53 from overseas)
(Japan, USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, UK, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and Australia)
 Day 1: 1 August (Wed)
 Day 2:2 August (Thu)
Plant tour: Kinki Sekisui Heim Industry Co., Ltd.
Tour of World heritage site: Todaiji temple
 Day 3:3 August (Fri)
Tour of World heritage site: Kinkakuji temple
Plant tour: Shiga Ritto Plant
 Day 4:4 August (Sat)
Environmental education program (1): Experiencing the depths of Lake Biwa
Environmental education program (2): Survey of the natural environment around Hikone City
Environmental education program (3): Introduction to environmental improvement activities around Lake Biwa
 Day 5:5 August (Sun)
Environmental education program (4): KODOMO Ramsar International Wetlands Exchange
 Day 6:6 August (Mon)
Disscussion and preparation for the Summit (all day)
 Day 7:7 August (Tue)
Global Children's Eco Summit (Kyoto International Conference Center)
  Presentation of activities, environmental proposals, and declarations on environmental contributions.

 ECO Summit

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