Hummingbird project
  We often feel like we cannot do anything about big problems like global warming. I am sure that many of you have carried on the following movements; frequently turn off the lights at home or in the office whenever you donft really need, try not to drive a car as much as possible, reduce your consumption of meat or shrimp, take along a canteen to avoid using vending machines, take along your own chopsticks or handkerchiefs to avoid using disposable ones, and carry out Candle Night-Summer and Winter Solstice. However, we sometimes have to ask ourselves ewhat good will it be to strive for these movements?f Donft worry, remember the following story of a hummingbird, and then I want you to imagine what is going to happen at the end of this story. Although the hummingbird strove very hard, a forest was burnt down? First other animals laughed at the hummingbird, but each one of them might have started to do ewhat I can dof, and then they finally might have extinguished a fire of the forest. A tiger might have put dirt over on hind legs. An elephant might have poured water with its long trunk. Anybody could imagine the next scene of the hummingbird. Last year was the Year of the Cock, that is, On-dori* in Chinese astrology. Yoko-dori**, Bun-dori*** and Iitoko-dori**** have been flying about in the economic or business community, however, we will do as the hummingbird does. Why donft you tell the story of a hummingbird to your family or friends? Telling this story to someone else is ewhat I can dof. Here is the story of a hummingbird.

One day a forest was burning

Creatures of the forest scrambled to escape from the forest

But a hummingbird named Kurikindi carried a tiny drop using its beak to drop it to put out the fire

Other animals looked at the hummingbird and said,

eWhatfs the use of doing that?f

And they laughed at it

Kuikindi replied by saying,

eI am just doing what I can dof

  *Cock means Ondori and tori(dori) means bird in Japanese
  **Yoko-dori means arrogation in Japanese
  ***Bun-dori means spoliation in Japanese

****Iitoko-dori means a kind of unfair advantage in Japanese


Most scientists all over the world agree that the future of humanity will be in danger if global warming continues at this rate. We must save the earth. In 1997 representatives from the relevant countries and NGOs meant at Kyoto and made a commitment to prevent global warming from progressing. That is the Kyoto Protocol entered into force in February, 2005. Japan made a commitment which Japan would reduce its collective emissions of greenhouse gases by 6% compared to the year 1990. However, emissions have increased by 8% since then in Japan and Japan must reduce them by 14% as of 2005. Some experts consider that it is not enough to reduce them by 6% compared to the year 1990 and Japan needs to reduce them by half current emissions. Even though it is not enough to reduce them by 6%, the Kyoto Protocol must be the first step for global warming countermeasures. Even though the first step is tiny, we need to take our first step. Can we cool down the earth as the hummingbird carried a tiny drop and dropped it on the forest fire? It doesnft seem to have an effect that each of us take actions to cool down the heated earth like ea drop in the bucketf. However, an accumulation of our actions also have caused global warming. What pumps out carbon dioxide emissions? It is said that industry accounts for 40% of carbon dioxide emissions, transportation 20% and household 13%. We also consume commodities made by industry and use the services of transportation directly or indirectly, and therefore if we make a change in everyday life, the change leads to a change of the future of community. Even though our actions are tiny, those lead to cooling down the earth. Why donft you start to carry a tiny drop to drop it?

  Hachidori Project webpage (English)