「親子お台場干潟教室」開催されました

お台場港陽中学校前の砂浜で生き物を探す
お台場港陽中学校前の砂浜で生き物を探す

親子でお台場の砂浜の生き物を観察する環境教室が行われました。
「遊びで来るお台場にこんなに生き物がいるなんて!」
子どもも大人も大いに驚き、楽しみ、学びました。
所は、お台場の港陽中学校の目の前にある砂浜。講座は、7月29日(日)、生き物をたくさん観察できる干潮にあわせて行われました。

黒川信さんによる講義
黒川信さんによる講義

午前、講師の首都大学東京准教授、黒川信さんの指導のもと、砂浜に出て波打ち際の砂を掘りました。すると、細長い貝のマテガイやアサリなどが次々と現れ、子どもたちはおおはしゃぎ。打ち上げられたミズクラゲに恐る恐る触ったり、アナジャコやミミズハゼなど様々な生き物を見つけては、つかまえました。大人も、岩場にカキが張り付いていることに驚いたり、石を転がしてカニをつかまえたりと子ども以上に楽しんでいました。

午後は、採集した生き物を室内でじっくりと観察しながら、黒川講師が解説。「貝にも目がある」、「ミミズにも赤い血が流れている」など、動物も人間も「形が違うだけで、同じ仲間」と指摘し、「どんな生き物も海の水と同じものが体の中にあるから生きていける」と
海の重要性を説きました。

そして、ビーカーを使った実験で貝が海水を浄化することを証明。そうした貝が育つためには、アマモなどの海草が必要であることを説明して、埋め立てによって失われたアマモを人間の手で復活させる必要性を説きました。

子どもたちからは「貝はどうやって卵を産むの?」など好奇心旺盛に様々な質問が寄せられ、また、大人からは「アマモを増やすには?」など具体策を考える質問が相次ぎました。

「お台場は汚いイメージだったんで、こんなに生き物がいてびっくりした」「小学生なのに、大学レベルの講義が受けられてよかった。もっとこんな出張教室を。」など、終了後の感想から、身近な自然と触れ合う機会の大切さがうかがえました。

Board Members

〈Chairperson〉
TAKANO Takako

Chairperson: TAKANO Takako
Chairperson: TAKANO Takako

Ecoplus is supported by a joy of joint work with various groups and individuals as well as your encouragement. Please join us and tell us your new project ideas!
〈Vice Chairperson〉
SUYAMA Yoshihisa
Associate Professor, Tohoku University
My research field is forest ecology. I do research to analyze forest plants’ ecology with DNA technology in both forests and the laboratory. I am also the official cameraman of ECOPLUS. I would like to keep steady and balanced involvement while contributing my specialties to ECOPLUS.

〈Director〉
OHMAE Junichi Digital media Consultant
Eighteen years have passed since starting the Yap Island Project with Takano. Thanks to many people’s support, we have been managed to continue. Our activities have expanded from environmental education to sustainability. We have always tried to be authentic. We prefer adopting the wisdom of our ancestors, who lived rooted in their communities, into modern life, rather than organizing big events that follow trends. Let’s enjoy real learning in order to connect cities and villages.
〈Director〉
KASAHARA Kimiko  Editor
I work in publication of many kinds of books. When Takano published a book a long time ago, I was an editor. I participated in a TAPPO program in Tochikubo, I realized the power of ECOPLUS. Its appeal is in the field. ECOPLUS members, please participate in programs.

〈Director〉
Gregory Michel
Urban and Community Forestry Educator
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
I work with youth in Syracuse, NY, doing environmental and service learning projects. I came across ECOPLUS when I was a graduate student in Tokyo. “People, Nature and Cultural Diversity” was the slogan that caught my attention. As a volunteer for Eco-Club and in working with World School Network I learned that there is wisdom in all of us and in all of our communities. We just have to be curious enough to find it and industrious enough to live by it. Hope to see some of you in 2009.
〈Director〉
MIYOSHI Masayoshi
Visiting Professor, Cyber University

〈Director〉
WATANABE Michio
Director, Business Management Division
International Development Center of Japan

In the last 20 years, I have worked as a consultant in developing countries primarily in technical cooperation projects or development studies in Japan’s ODA (Official Development Assistance). Recently, many Asian and African countries have attained high economic growth, but on the other hand, it appears that deterioration of the global environment has not been stopped. We need to maintain the environment on which our lives depend and at the same time poverty alleviation and improvement of living standards in developing countries may also be sought for. I would like to think about the ways and act to attain these goals with the members of Ecoplus which is rooted in Shiozawa and its people who have abundant traditional local knowledge and experiences.
〈Auditor〉
OGAWA Yoshiaki Businessman
I am a business person, but long before the recent world recession, I have been against the ideas such as, ”rich people are winners,” ”Japanese politics are pressured by the economic world,” ”American rule is a universal standard”. The supreme study of human beings must be a philosophy of seeking nature and happiness. I hope ECOPLUS seeks and presents this philosophy.