Please accept all my expressions of respect, since today is the anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing.
We wish to remember these events in a way that we may pose the bases for such tragedies may not happen any more. For this reason, I asked to a Japanese lady from Hiroshima whose grandmother died under the atomic bomb, to present the experience of Hiroshima. Indeed Ms. Tada, wrote a book, in form of a manga, where she describes how, Hiroshima' s people, notwithstanding their sufferings on the occasion of atomic bombing, wished to survive, and through solidarity, and desire to live, became a city of peace.
I am presenting this experience in Poland now, and we wish to show it in a conference we are planning from September 17th to September 19th, where, remembering the past sufferings of War, we wish to work actively for a future without wars, without atomic bombs.
We are trying to operate in this direction by planting trees to stop desertification, but also to make people, starting from young people, aware, that they can make the difference by means of an activity, which is simple and can be done by everybody, such as planting trees. We are performing such actions since 2005, mostly in Africa, where our youth has been planting over 1 100 000 trees useful for local populations. They are all self-financing and to manifest their spirt of service and attention to the common good, they have to save money all the year. However, their example is spreading around. Young people from Europe is following the good example of African Youth. The Pope's Foundation for schools, which is called " Scholas Occurrentes" is also supporting very much this approach worldwide.
All these practical activities are very important since they show that we can do good in a simple, affordable and efficient way. This is very important for collective choices. Such activities permit people to represent a better future in a peaceful way. The general will may very influenced by such awareness. This is one of the most powerful approaches to restore our planet and to live in peace.
We founded a foundation to coordinate and support such activities. It is called Green Heart Foundation
I think that the activities of JALANA, the ones of Ms. Tada and the ones of Green Heart Foundation are very much complementary. Indeed we need to support a democracy were people are aware that it is much better to seed peace. For this reason, I send this message to two good friends of IALANA, Prof. Urata and Prof. Kimijima. I send this message to Ms. Tada, with many thanks for the support to peace, and the Vice-President of Green Heart Foundation, Mr. Ody-Marc Duclos, as well as to his collaborator Mr. Fabio Giacco. They both speak Japanese. Mr. Duclos will be in Japan in early November, so I would warmly encourage you to meet.
In the meantime, by august 23rd, we will present the You Tube Channel with the 4 documentary films we produced so far to describe our activities, as well other audiovisual materials.
On September the 17 we will launch a conference that remembering the sufferings of war, will introduce a course where we will train students to implement peace through afforestation. I think it is a good base for a democracy which will be free from nuclear arms and other forms of mass destruction.
Concerning my paper for JALANA, I will be more then honored to write it.
With my best regards and wishes. Hoping to see you soon,