Dr. Jun Ui
Dr. Ui, a Japanese chemist, has spent his scientific career documenting pollution and its impact on human beings. He was one of the first scientists to document the mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan, and subsequently supported a movement for the victims. In Okinawa he is campaigning against an airport runway that could destroy a unique coral reef. He has also worked on a survey of riverwater quality, and studied and promoted the role of citizen's initiatives related to environment. Dr. Ui has also initiated and organised free environmental lectures for all citizens at the University of Tokyo.
He is presently the president of the Asian Environmental Society.
Xiao Zhang Zhuang Village
For 20 years the village people of Zhang Zhuang have been practising sustainable agriculture. By developing irrigation and drainage systems, and planting trees to reduce soil erosion, they have succeeded in raising the soil fertility. In addition they have initiated an aquaculture industry, are utilizing marsh gas instead of domestic fuel and have reduced population pressure on the environment by successful family planning.
Through sustainable development, this village will ensure a future for its rural economy and future generations.