K. International School students helping to thin our forests

Grade 7 students at K. International School Tokyo took part recently in an overnight excursion to Fujinomiya in Shizuoka. The purpose of the excursion was to take action towards solving the problem of overpopulation of trees and unmaintained planted forests which they had learned about in class.

Working with members from an NPO, Mori-no Yomigaeri, which was introduced to the school by a number of parents, the students performed tasks to help maintain the forest and actually cut down some trees.
Prior to the excursion, some of the students thought that cutting down trees would be harmful to the environment; however, through their firsthand experience they gained knowledge about the nature of tree growth and contributed to thinning the forest in order to grow healthier trees.