SANYO Environmental Fund Projects

SANYO Environmental Fund Projects

Supporting activities with the twin objectives of economic development and environmental preservation in Cambodia. -Programs for Creating a Richer Earth-

The Forum for Promotion of Eco-Oriented Economic Development.
- Includes lectures by environmentalists as well as panel discussions.
- Environmental guidelines are drafted to be effective within the context of Cambodian government policy.
Experiments in Environmental Science
Local primary school students are the targeted participants here. These experiments, involving wind-power generation, demonstrate the importance of balancing environmental protection and economic cost.
- Environmental Projects
In a straw sandal-making activity, participants gain an understanding of the connections between recycling, efficient resource use, and emerging industries.
Cultivating Flowers Used to Decorate the Solar Floral Clock
Local children raise flowers, and gain an awareness of the importance of preserving natural resources. It is hoped they will go on to spread these ideas among the wider community.

<Sponsored group: Osaka Junior Chamber, Inc., Chuo-ku, Osaka>

Activities with reduced environmental impact, for sustainable city development.

River Beautification Project for Children's Playground
Garbage Recycling Project
School Project: Reforming the Regional Environment
The Campaign for Garbage Separation and Recycling
The Campaign for a Bicycle-Friendly City

<Sponsored group: Otsu Environmental Forum, Otsu City, Shiga>

Local volunteers construct a hand-made solar power plant on a day-care center rooftop.

A hand-made solar power plant was built as a model to demonstrate one solution to problems of energy shortages. Other activities, meanwhile, were designed to raise public awareness of various energy and environmental problems.

<Sponsored group: The Hand-Made Power Plant Group, Otsu City, Shiga>

Planting trees to symbolize the movement for global environmental preservation.

Participants planted 10 environment trees in the playground at 'HEARTPIA Anpachi' to symbolize awareness about global environmental conservation. The Anpachi-cho complex was constructed as a resource to encourage lifelong learning among local residents.
To promote awareness of new energy sources, SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. donated a 30 kW solar photovoltaic power system.

<Sponsored group: Anpachi-cho Council, Anpachi, Gifu>

Monitoring Rainforest Revitalization & Managing Assigned Areas for Global Environmental Protection

Support has been provided for environment-improving activities carried out by the Association of Gunma, Kenjin Division of Northern Brazil. The Forest Utilization Committee at the Gunma Ecology Park was established for these activities. It purchased 540 hectares of primeval Amazon rainforest and has been monitoring rain forest revitalization on approximately 40 hectares of the land. The forest-maintenance project is being promoted as an environmental education area. In 2002, the Gunma Ecology Park sent its fifth group of citizens' representatives to plant trees in Brazil.

<Sponsored group: The "Mori no Kai" Forest Group (Non Profit Organization), Maebashi City, Gunma>

<Fostering Achievements in 2003 (7 of 9 Cases)>

Pulicat-Sarawak Mangrove Reforestation: The South-South Cooperation Project

Residents of the Pulicat Lake area in India and of Sarawak state in Malaysia have come together to plant and raise mangroves. The Solar Ark supports this borderless activity, which aims to restore the natural ecology and improve the fishery environment.

<Sponsored group: Asia Volunteer Center, Osaka>

Creating things together with parents; Taking advantage of the two-day-off system

Children spend a year building solar cars, solar boats, and solar houses with their parents and volunteers, with a single purpose. The idea is to encourage children to broaden their perspectives, and to urge them to set and achieve their own objectives.

<Sponsored group: Kasai Yumekko Kurabu (Kasai Dreaming Kids Club), Kasai City, Hyogo>

Education and Practice of Environmental Conservation Through Boy Scout Activities

- Drafting an Environment Handbook
- Maintenance of drainage facilities, of a self-cleaning lavatory, and of raw garbage disposal at camping areas
- Camping with consideration for the environment
- Ongoing Country Campaign (Note: In Japanese, "country" has a similar pronunciation to "kantori", meaning collecting cans.)

<Sponsored group: Osaka Council, Scout Association of Japan, Osaka>

Easy Ways You Can Help Prevent Global Warming

- Participants discuss problems with, and results of, keeping eco-related household expense books and disposing of raw garbage.
- Helping participants understand the links between such issues as: children wasting food; problems with garbage disposal; and the importance of agriculture. This is done via experiments using earthworms for natural waste disposal.
- Encouraging participants to value their friends and possessions through an environmentally educational play.

<Sponsored group: Kankyo Net 21, Isesaki City, Gunma>

Youngsters' Science Festival: "2003 Gifu Convention at the Solar Ark"

This annual science festival is promoted nationwide in Japan for the chief purpose of enhancing young people's curiosity about science. In this festival, participants build windmills and simple motors, both of which are thematically related to issues of energy conservation. Another awareness-raising activity involves making soap from waste oil.

<Sponsored group: Executive Committee of the Youngsters' Science Festival, University of Gifu>

Katano City's Nature-Preserving Activities Around Amano River

The principal purpose of these activities is to foster in children an appreciation of the life in and around the river, as well as an appreciation of Katano's history and culture. Children partake in activities where they interact with nature while engaging in the following environmentally-friendly actions: cleaning up the Amano River; trimming bamboo trees to prevent damage to other tree varieties in the Mt. Katano forest; purifying water with bamboo coal made from previously-cut bamboo; stocking the river with carp; and artificially rearing lightning bugs.

<Sponsored group: Amano River Preservation Society, Morimitu City Labor Union of Matsushita, Osaka>

Why hasn't Mount Fuji been registered as a world heritage site?

The Mt. Fuji Club Eco Tour is run for the benefit of primary school and middle school students. On this tour, they are exposed to a variety of environmental issues, such as the illegal dumping of human waste, garbage, and industrial waste. The Mt. Fuji Club also produces PC software and CD-ROMs for distribution, so people can experience a simulation of the eco tour.

<Sponsored group: Mt. Fuji Club, Mishima City, Shizuoka>