Yumefukuro 3 (Kumamoto)
Description: This workcamp as a part of SCC (Stop Climate Change) project has been organized with NAP (Nobel Apolication of Plant resources) since 2016. NAP is a local NPO to recover natural ecosystem cycles by promoting the regeneration and rebirth of land and amp; sea forests. Its been hosting workcamps since 1992 that has made significant impacts to create a forest on the reclaimed land which was built in the process of clearing the mercury from the bay. This forest bears new lives as a symbol of revival and is an important place to pray for the victims of Minamata Disease, as well as for the world to reflect on the effects of modern industrialization. As well as many other parts of Japan, bamboo trees, that was originally brought from China by human being, have been severely spreading and damaging the other trees and eco-system. There is also a new project to revitalize the marine environment. There is a lot of rubbish on the beaches, but when its clean, there is a lot of sea food such as oysters and sea urchins. Rehabilitation of seaweed forests is taking place since a few years ago.
Type of Work: Volunteers will mainly trim the bamboo trees that can increase the whole amount to fix carbon in the forest and make the bamboo charcoal to be used as fuel instead of oil as carbon offset project. Other work will include practicing the traditional dance and joining the local festival, harvesting paper mulberry trees, citrus fruits, rice and helping to run marine environmental education for middle school students.
Accommodation: Volunteers house (Volunteers will borrow the bathrooms of neighbors that creates nice exchange). Cooked by volunteers. Sleeping bag is needed Moved by the bicycle.
Requirements: Be able to ride a bicycle. High interest in environmental issues and their activities, big motivation to work hard, open mind, cooperation with others. Any experience and skills of the environmental work, Carbon research and Crowd funding are welcomed
Approximate Location: South west in Kyushu islands. People are cheerful and many of man like to drink sake If lucky, you could enjoy parties under cherry flowers
Notes: Other activities: To join the local festival, exchange party, excursion, etc.