Bill McKibben in Tokyo

Green filter Tokyo

A Look Through The Green Lens

Famed author and environmental activist Bill McKibben is in Tokyo as part of his Climate Action Tour across a number of Pacific nations. He is here looking to help bring attention to the issues and encourage the acceleration climate action. Mr. McKibben was recently in Tokyo for Earth Day  barely 3 weeks ago, where he spoke to those gathered about the importance of environmental protection and fossil fuel divestment. This time round, he is back for an event hosted by 350.org, the organization he helped found. Mr. McKibben was one of several speakers that had been invited to share their wisdom and insights. I’m thrilled to have had the privilege to attend and learn!

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Feeling the Japanese Enthusiasm for the UNEP

Green goblin

A Truly Global Initiative

I recently attended an event hosted by The Japan Association for the UNEP (J-UNEP) held here in Tokyo at the UN University Shibuya campus. As someone newly arrived to this country, I’ve been excited to learn more about the sustainable practices and developments that are going on in Japan. Fortunately, this forum provided me with my first inroad into connecting with some interesting people who share my passion for sustainability. It was also really helpful that the conference was in English!

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The Illusion of Choice

Film Recommendation

The Lottery of Birth (2013)

Profound Viewing

This is a deeply power documentary! While not long by film standards ( 1h 17 min), it packs quite a punch. The filmmakers present a number of speakers that challenge the audience’s worldview, and how it was conceived. They do this through interviewing a range of intellectuals, including writers, philosophers, historians and neuroscientists, to name a few.

These speakers make the case that much of our identities are shaped from birth and predetermined by where and to whom we are born to. They explain that many our convictions, and corresponding choices, are therefore predetermined. That choice isn’t necessarily all its cracked up to be given that many of the notions that make us who we are, are in fact established without our realization.

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Waste Not, Want Not

Film Recommendation

Trashed (2012)

Something Rotten this way comes

Jeremy Irons takes us on a journey through our waste, as he investigates its impact on our world. This is a moving documentary that will hopefully encourage a greater awareness of our trash and what it does to people and wildlife around the planet. There are indeed deeply saddening examples of those afflicted, as viewers bare witness to a small dose of the tremendous burden being carried by nature and the world’s poor. The documentary is effective in highlighting the glaring deficiency in the current status quo with regards our waste and the immense opportunity for it to be improved.

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