I am currently on a two week trip to Japan with the Japan-American Watershed Stewardship program (JAWS). I am helping to lead 30 high school students from all over the US around Japan to look at watersheds and wetlands. My purpose is to help interpret the watershed issues in the US and Japan, help students synthesize what they see and learn, and prepare them to return to the US to conduct a watershed and culture project in their communities.
I have arrived in Tokyo and am completely jealous of the transportation system here. The picture above shows the Tokyo subway system. Where’s my purple line in DC?!?! We opted to plow down a perfectly good forest in the Anacostia Watershed to make way for a “green” highway. This certainly sheds light on our reliance on car transportation and how unsustainable it is. Anyway, I’ll keep everyone posted on my travels here.
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