A group of female university students from The University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo, Japan have been finding out about clean living on Kangaroo Island.
Professor Yoshi Nagata is no stranger to KI. He regularly brings students from his Tokyo university to explore sustainability issues on Kangaroo Island.
This year, seven students and a colleague have joined him here, investigating the theme Action for Climate Empowerment.
Visiting many local attractions, and some lesser known, the students each produced a sustainability project on KI.
On their final evening, the Japanese visitors will share their projects with locals and prepared a delectable Japanese meal for them.
Highlights planned for the visit include talks with Natural Resource Management (NRM) staff, as well as an exciting exploration of KI’s health and well-being with Dr Tim and Trish Leeuwenberg.
The seven students also visited The Islander newspaper and found out about media and environmental reporting on Kangaroo Island.
Also planned was a visit to Petite Provence, an exploration of the Lion’s Opportunity shop, a hands–on experience of farming with Lachie Bell at Bella Vista, a Kingscote coastal walk with Bev Maxwell and Colin Wilson, and a conversation with KI Mayor Peter Clements about his sustainability vision for KI.
Many coffees and teas in reusable cups will be consumed at Chocol’Art & Coffee, while Fred and Fleur Peters plan to share stories about the sustainability themes that local artists explore.
A visit to the RIG (Rebuild Independence Group) project with explanations by David Churchill will precede a beach walk and clean-up at Pennington Bay.
At KICE, students shared their recycling strategies for soft plastics. In turn the Japanese visitors pledged to take home any plastic waste they generated.
As Islanders, it is very affirming to find more and more people from across the globe looking to KI as an exemplar of sustainability,” said study tour coordinators Jennie and Bob Teasdale.
The University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo has a palace on its grounds and one of the university’s former students is the Empress Michiko, whom many of the students had met.