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Green Legacy Hiroshima-Chile: Digital Educational Platform for Peace

Green Legacy is a online educational platform created by Fundación Mar Adentro in 2017 inspired by the Hiroshima Green Legacy initiative, a joint collaboration between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the NGO ANT-Hiroshima, dedicated to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. 

Illustrations by Catalina Bu

Green Legacy is a online educational platform created by Fundación Mar Adentro in 2017 inspired by the Hiroshima Green Legacy initiative, a joint collaboration between the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the NGO ANT-Hiroshima, dedicated to safeguard and spread worldwide the seeds and saplings Hiroshima’s A-Bomb survivor trees. 

Green Legacy Hiroshima has sent these seeds, evidence of the resilience of nature, as ambassadors of peace to more than 27 countries. Chile was one of the selected countries in 2012 and the seeds were received by the Botanical Garden of the Universidad Austral de Chile where they germinated to become trees that continue to grow until today.

To spread awareness of this educational message on nature and peace, we created legadoverde.cl, an educational platform that contains free downloadable activities for children ages 6 to 12 on peace and the environment that foster creativity, facilitate understanding historical processes, develop empathy and connect at a multidiscipline level with nature. The activities have been visually designed by graphic chilean illustrator Catalina Bu and design studio Fauna. In addition, the website includes guides for teachers aimed at educators, parents and families who would like to teach this activities in each of their contexts.

There are three different workshops: “The unexplored journey of a plant”, which proposes students to imagine, draw and then write the adventure of saving a plant and taking it to a new place–another country or the moon–; “History of a seed” teaches about the basic aspects of growth in the plant world; and “Correspondence for peace”, an activity that addresses empathy and speaks of human resilience.

This website was launched in 2017 at the Cerrillos National Center for Contemporary Art, which activated a small-scale exhibition that presented one of the trees that grows in the Botanical Garden of the Austral University, Ilex rotunda (Chinese holly), and a installation of a thousand paper cranes.

These activities have been replicated in different schools and cultural centers throughout the country, whose experiences are shared and posted in the blog section of the site.

We invite you to visit www.legadoverde.cl to navigate and learn about the transformative power of nature (activities are currently only available in Spanish we hope to have English versions soon!). 

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