Wednesday, August 4, 2010

"MUSIC NOT BASES" — US for Okinawa voice appeal for Okinawans & dugong at Fuji Rock Festival

Via Emilie McGlone of US for Okinawa:

From July 29th - August 1st, Jonathan and I participated in the 2010 Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Niigata, Japan.

As representatives of US for OKINAWA, we joined the NGO PangeaSeed at the "Ocean Love" booth at the festival's NGO Village. Various NGOs were represented and the theme this year was "Biodiversity and Nature Conservation." Our booth was near the Avalon stage and focused on the protection of sharks and Okinawan dugong.

We gave 3 stage appeals on behalf of Okinawa. To see a video of the most important appeal in front of 30,000 people on the Green stage, click here.

Electricity used at the NGO Village was produced from bio diesel and solar power to tackle CO2 emission. A Chill out and relaxed hospitality area, including Gypsy Avalon, the NGO Village, was set up to appeal for human rights, environmental and peace causes, Organic Village, the Flea Market and workshops.

It was a great place for Peace Boat, US for OKINAWA, and other NGOs to network, promote activism and use their creativity for a good cause.

I even met Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine and got a photo with him - showing his support for workers' rIghts in collaboration with the other NGOs present at the village. I hope we can join again next year.

To see more photos, click here.

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