Hiroshima is dear to my heart as I represented AIESEC there many years ago as part of the New Zealand delegation to a Global Youth Village sponsored by the Japanese government.
To memorialise the bombing of Hiroshima, 72 years ago to the day, I would like to encourage you to get involved in an initiative that I am passionate about. A year ago to the day, I made my mind up to establish a connection with the Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) initiative. It aims to distribute seeds of trees which survived the atomic bombing there worldwide as symbols of hope and resilience.
I was determined to introduce GLH to my home country of New Zealand as it has had a resolute nuclear-free zone status since 1984 (1). So I worked with my relative Douglas Field who had connections with Rotary Club and Dunedin Botanic Gardens. His efforts paved the way for discussions I had with Green Legacy Hiroshima representatives in Hiroshima and at the New Zealand Embassy in Tokyo before heading to Dunedin to present the initiative there.
I am moved to announce that, as of today, at precisely this moment, New Zealand, in the city of Dunedin, has officially joined the growing number of countries that are determined to bring about a nuclear free world (2). To quote the words of the Mayor of Dunedin, “Green Legacy Hiroshima is really a show of hope, willing for the whole world to take note and stand, united, against such atrocities for the betterment and peace of our planet now and for future generations.”
(2) https://www.facebook.com/DunedinMayor/posts/813811655442841 / https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/otago-daily-times/20170807/281711204738644 / https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/green-legacy-hiroshima-gives-gingko-seed-to-dunedin/ar-AApvRbj / https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/hiroshima-gingko-tree-seeds-planted-dunedin / http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/336588/green-legacy-hiroshima-gives-gingko-seed-to-dunedin / https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/hiroshima-gingko-seed-its-way / https://www.facebook.com/dunedincitycouncil/posts/1492522617460078 / http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=261bdee5-909e-486f-bf0b-378d9b79d31f