Climate Change & Regional Economy Symposium – Protect Our Snow and the Future of Winter Sports in Hakuba

Climate Change & Regional Economy Symposium – Protect Our Snow and the Future of Winter Sports in Hakuba

This is the text for the invitation to the Symposium to be held on May 18th 2019. Please join:



Aiming for a mountain resort that truly enriches the community

Date. Saturday May 18, 2019 13:30 ~16:30

Venue: Hakuba Wing 21 Hall Entrance:

Keynote Speakers. Junko Edahiro, an environmental journalist Luke Cartin, the Environmental Sustainability Manager for Park City, Utah P

anelists: Hiroshi Wada, President of Hakuba Resort Development Co., Ltd. Mayumi Fujikawa, Director of NPO Ueda Citizens’ Energy Goro Komatsu, Director of Protect Our Winters Japan

English/Japanese simultaneous translation available *2

Please ride-share as much as possible It is now an indisputable fact that global warming is causing climate change and in our own Hakuba Valley we are witnessing reduced amount of snow from year to year, which has serious consequences for our environment and the local economy. At the same time, our economy currently relies on inbound tourism, which could be negatively affected by geopolitical events or natural disasters. It is important for us to focus on building a solid foundation for the local economy and plan for a sustainable future.
In 2015, the United Nations unanimously agreed on a set of “SDGs” (Sustainable Development Goals) and as a result many initiatives are now taking place globally and all over Japan. In Hakuba, we are blessed with a spectacular natural environment and a unique biological diversity. What can we do today to co-exit with nature and enjoy a prosperous and sustainable living for generations to come? 
We are proud to announce our speakers at the symposium; Ms Junko Edahiro, an environmental journalist who works with many municipalities helping to build sustainable, economically vital local communities, and Mr Luke Cartin, the Environmental Sustainability Manager for Park City, Utah, who used to work for Vail Resort promoting the sustainable operation of ski resorts. They will tell us about many examples of how people in and out of Japan have tackled the issues. We will then discuss what we can do to make Hakuba a mountain resort that truly enriches the community. Whether you are a resident, a business owner, a Hakuba fan or just feel strongly about the cause, please come and join us so together we think about what we can do to make our future brighter. We look forward to seeing you at Hakuba Wing 21! Program (1) Key Note Speaker: Junko Edahiro, an environmental journalist How to create a sustainable and happy community 
(2) Key Note Speaker: Luke Cartin, the Environmental Sustainability Manager for Park City, Utah Examples of sustainable city planning – More than just saving snow, how mountain community can lead and solve the climate crisis 
(3) Panel Discussion How do we make Hakuba’s future brighter? Panelists: Hiroshi Wada, Mayumi Fujikawa, Goro Komatsu Moderator: Junko Edahiro Hosted by Protect Our Winters Japan, Hyakubariki, Renewable Energy Sinshu-net, Hakuba Village Supported by: Nagano Prefecture, Omachi City, Otari Village, Hakuba High School, Tourism Commission of Hakub Hakuba International School Foundation, Na a Village, gano Association for Conserving Environment 

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