Theme Forum: July

Environmental Education for Realizing a Sustainable Society


+ Date & Time

Saturday, July 23 13:30-17:30

+ Venue

The Randolph Memorial Hall, Kinjo Gakuin University

+ Organizers

Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
Bureau of International Expositions (BIE)

+ Supported by


+ Cooperation

Kinjo Gakuin University


The tasks including the solution to the global environmental problem, which mankind is currently tackling, are presented for all people ranging from children to adults. In particular, education of the next generation is certainly very important for continuation and development of a “sustainable society.” In the forum, after grasping the current state of efforts for “education for sustainability” by international organizations or institutions both domestic and abroad, and mutually recognizing its target, discussions will be held on what role education should play in the “creation of a sustainable society,” in which direction it should be headed and what specific technique should be used.

+ Coordinator
  • Junko Edahiro(Environmental journalist / Japan)
+ Commemorative Speech
  • Sheila Sisulu(WFP Deputy Executive Director / South Africa)
+ Keynote Speech
  • Dennis L. Meadows (President, Laboratory for Interactive Learning / USA)
+ Panel Discussion

What is sought in "Environmental Education to Develop Those Who Act to Bring about Real Changes?"

+ Panelists
  • Dennis L. Meadows
  • Osamu Abe
    (Professor, Rikkyo University・Chair of the Japan Council for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-J) / Japan)
  • Zhao Xiangdong
    (Center for Environmental Education & Communications of State Environmental Protection Administration of China / China)
  • Prof.dr. Wim A. Hafkamp
    (Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam / Holland)
+ Presentation of Examples
  • Approach to Learning for Sustainability in EXPO 2005
    Tamio Nakano (Board member, Japan Environmental Education Forum / Japan )


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Junko Edahiro
(Environmental Journalist /Japan)

Junko Edahiro has a Master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Tokyo. As an interpreter and translator, she interprets at international meetings, lectures, and seminars relating to the environment; translates various books. She also writes and speaks as an environmental journalist. She is also involved in consulting for corporations relating to environmental management systems, environmental reporting, etc.,and shares her experiences and perspectives widely through an e-mail newsletter, regarding the state of global environment and initiatives around Japan. In 2002, along with other collaborators, she launched and jointly serves as chief executive of Japan for Sustainability (JFS), a non-profit environmental communication platform that provides information in English for the world about activities in Japan that promote sustainability. In 2004, she established e’s Inc. and in 2005, set up Change Agent, Inc. with another collaborator to help people become “change agents” and create networks of these people. She is also a visiting professor at the Univ. of Tokyo, Research into Artifacts, Center for Engineering.

Junko Edahiro
Sheila Sisulu
(WFP Deputy Executive Director/South Africa)

Sheila Sisulu was appointed Deputy Executive Director (Policy and External Affairs) in February 2003. She is responsible for the World Food Programme’s Policy and External Affairs Department, overseeing strategy, policy and programme support in the areas of food security, safety nets, emergency relief, HIV/AIDS, school feeding, gender and nutrition. She is also responsible for the secretariat of the Executive Board and relations with WFP ’s host government, Italy, plus other UN agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining WFP, she spent the previous four years as South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States. Her diplomatic career began in 1997 as Consul General in New York with the Washington appointment two years later.

Sheila Sisulu
Dennis L. Meadows
(President, Laboratory for Interactive Learning / USA)

Received a BA in chemistry from Carleton College and a Ph. D. in Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In 1970, commissioned by the Club of Rome to be the director of “Limits to Growth Project”, and published in 1972 “The Limits to Growth”, which became a worldwide bestseller. After having been engaged in research and teaching for resources and policy formulation at Dartmouth College, served as a professor of policy systems at the University of New Hampshire. He also has been president of both the System Dynamics Society and the International Simulation and Games Association. Now he works through a consulting firm, the Laboratory for Interactive Learning. In June 2004, published a co-authored book, “Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update” (a Japanese translation published by Diamond Inc. in March 2005), following “The Limits to Growth” and “Beyond the Limits”.

Dennis L. Meadows
Osamu Abe
(Professor, Rikkyo University / Chair of the Japan Council on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-J) / Japan)

Born in 1955. Completed studies in Department of Environmental Study, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Graduate School of Environmental Study, University of Tsukuba. After having worked in University of Tsukuba and Saitama University, has assumed his present post since 2002. Majored in Environmental Education(EE)and ESD. As a pioneer in the field of EE in Japan, engaged in activities to construct an EE system in and outside Japan. At the Johannesburg Summit of 2002, co-sponsored the proposal of “UN Decade of ESD”, and has since been engaged in the activities for the promotion of DESD both in and outside Japan. At present, simultaneously assuming the posts of the Excusive Director of the Japan Environmental Education Forum, Japanese representative in the CEC of the World Conservation Union (ICUN) and Director of many other organizations related to environmental education. Has successively assumed the posts of Project Leader of Environmental Education at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategy, and expert member of the Central Environmental Council of the government and so forth.

Osamu Abe
Zhao Xiangdong
(Center Staff, Center for Environmental Education and Communications (CEEC) of State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) / China)

In August 1992, joined the Sino-Japan Friendship Centre for Environmental Protection and participated in the implementation of research/training projects under Sino-Japan Friendship Technical Cooperation. Projects involved were urban environment administration, urban sewage treatment technology, prevention and treatment for the pollution of sulfur dioxide and acid rain as well as treatment of municipal refuse. While temporarily worked in the Environmental Information Centre of SEPA (August 1992–August 1993), engaged in computer technology and environment information.
From May 1996 to August 1997, worked for the National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurements where engaged in management of solid waste import. From August 1997 to date, working mainly on environmental education and training at the Center for Environmental Education & Communications of SEPA. Also participated in research/training work in Japan (March–August 1998) to study in the field of environmental education and management.
Participated in compiling "Green Cradle—A Guide to the Environmental Education for High/Elementary Schools".

Zhao Xiangdong
Prof.dr.W.A. Hafkamp
(Professor, Erasmus University, Rotterdam / Holland)

Hafkamp (Wim, 1953) is professor of environmental studies at the Erasmus University. He became an environmental economist, after having studied econometrics at the Tilburg University (study completed in 1977). He took his doctor’s degree at the Free University of Amsterdam on a dissertation on the modelling of the interactions between economic and environmental systems. Since December 2001, he is dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Erasmus University. Prior to that he headed the Erasmus Centre for Sustainable Development and Management of the same university. Hafkamp is (co-)author and editor of numerous publications in scientific and professional journals, edited volumes, etc. He is a member of the Dutch Advisory Council on Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, and the similar council for Transport and Infrastructure, president of the European Association for Environmental Management Education, chairman of the Program Commission of the strategic research program Environment and Economics (until 1-12-01).

Prof.dr.W.A. Hafkamp
Tamio Nakano
(Board member, Japan Environmental Education Forum / Japan )

Born in Tokyo in 1957. Graduated from The University of Tokyo, Faculty of Letters.
When he was a student, climbed up mountains, and traveled solo in about 20 countries in Asia, Latin America and so forth. Turning sharply from his tours in the spiritual world to the mundanity of human life which he aimed to reform, obtained employment with Hakuhodo, Inc., an advertising firm. Around 1990, put his career on hold to go to the United States to study organizational development / transformation, facilitation, deep ecology and so forth. In 1992, returned to his old job to work in human resources development, public relations activities, planning / production of events, social contribution of enterprises, work to link them with NPO / NGO and so forth. In the “NGO Global Village,” a project planned by the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition, where NPOs / NGOs gather together, is responsible for planning through implementation.
As his personal activity, planned / implemented various workshops to re-link men with men and men with nature through citizens' groups from the 1990s. On publishing "Workshop" in January 2001, became involved in the preparation of participation-type sites in various areas such as nationwide social education and environmental education, as a workshop planning producer. One of the directors of the Japan Transpersonal Association, part-time lecturer at Meiji University, Graduate School of Hosei University and Graduate School of Rikkyo University from this school year. Author of 2"Workshop" (Iwanami Shoten) and others.

Tamio Nakano