Green Legacy Hiroshima – Chile: Seeds for Peace

Each year the seeds of some of the 170 trees that survived the nuclear bomb of 1945 are collected in Hiroshima. These seeds have been sent to almost thirty countries, and since 2012 they have germinated and grown in the Botanical Garden of the Universidad Austral de Chile, in Valdivia. From this initiative, we generated a digital platform with educational activities,

The website provides with educational activities for children ages 6 to 12, as well as teaching guides for their teachers, parents, guardians or tutors to use as a guide to conduct the different workshops. Each activity proposes to teach about peace through nature and propose to use creativity and art as tools to understand historical processes, participate in exercises of empathy and learn more about the human-environment relationship. The activities were designed by jointly with Fauna Diseño and combined with illustrations made by renown Chilean Illustrator Catalina Bu, who created friendly and relatable figures and characters for the different activity sheets.

Green Legacy Hiroshima is a joint initiative of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the NGO ANT-Hiroshima. It is dedicated to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings of trees that survived the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima that occurred on August 6th, 1945, during World War II. The initiative has sent seeds as peace ambassadors to more than thirty countries: Chile was one of the selected countries in 2012, and the seeds were left under the care of the Botanical Garden of the Universidad Austral de Chile. Today, these seeds have turned into small trees and are being taken care of by Mylthon Jiménez-Castillo, scientific director of the Botanical Garden, and Patricio Torres, of the Institute of Environmental and Evolutionary Sciences and their team.

This website will be launched on Thursday August 3rd, 2017 at the National Center for Contemporary Art Cerrillos. For the launch, the Botanical Garden of the Universidad Austral de Valdivia will bring one of the trees that have been growing in their greenhouse, specifically a Ilex rotunda (Kurogane holly or round leaf holly), which will be on display in the Cerrillos Art Center throughout all of August. As part of this peace initiative, the Center will also be offering origami classes to all visitors to jointly create one thousand paper cranes. According to an old Japanese story, whoever makes a thousand cranes of paper–senbazuru–may ask for a wish for good health, long life and prosperity. They became a symbol of peace with the story of Sadako Sasaki and her 1,000 cranes (1943-1955), a girl from Hiroshima who asked these cranes to cure her leukemia as a product of the nuclear radiation.

*A project directed by Fundación Mar Adentro, with the collaboration of Universidad Austral de Chile , UACH Botanical Garden, National Council of Culture and The Arts, Chile and Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos.

A screenshot of the legado verde website, Ilex rotunda displayed alongside a mural created by Chilean illustrator Cata Bu Beatriz Salinas, Director of Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos together with the Embassador of Japan in Chile, Yoshinobu José Hiraishi, and Director of Art, Culture and Education of FMA, Beatriz Bustos O. Amparo I., one of our project coordinators, teaching the students how to make a paper crane The first paper-crane workshop carried out with kids from local schools Beatriz Bustos O. and Madeline H. together with Berline Coimin and María Paz Aldunate, thank you for coming out to the launch! Japanese Embassador and Illustrator Catalina Bu