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12th Ceremony & Symposium

The 12th Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO Commendation Ceremony was held on Nov.15th, 2021.

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The Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO Commendation Ceremony & The Earth Forum Kyoto

Date : Monday, November 15th, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Venue : Kyoto International Conference Center, Room D (Takaragaike, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City)
Program :
 > Opening
 > Award ceremony
 > Commemorative speech



Tsuchiya Haruki (Born in 1943, Japan)
(President of Kyoto Eco Energy Institute, President of Research Institute for Systems Technology)

In 1980, he announced the idea of an "energy cultivating civilization", he advocated for a shift from the "hunting type" of human that digs for fossil fuels and nuclear materials from underground, to the "cultivation type" of human that uses the sun, wind power, hydropower, biomass, etc. on the ground, much like agriculture.

He established and managed the Research Institute for Systems Technology, analyzed the cost reduction of photovoltaic power generation by applying the learning curve, predicted future costs (1989-2000), and conducted research which indicated the great potential of domestically produced renewable energy. He took part in the workshop named"最終用途重視型エネルギーワークショップ" at Princeton University and the University of Sao Paulo, and cooperated in the preparation of the Second IPCC Report (1995).

He served as an advisor to the "Global Warming Countermeasures Research Team" of the National Institute for Environmental Studies and researched and advocated energy policies such as zero carbon dioxide emissions through efficiency improvements and renewable energy, creating the "2050 Energy Scenario for a Decarbonized Society” together with WWF Japan.



Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Born in 1962, Peru)
(WWF Climate Energy Leader, Former Minister of the Environment for Peru,Chair of COP20)

At a university in Peru, he teaches environmental law and the management of natural resources. When he was the Minister of the Environment for Peru, as the chairman of COP20 in Lima he stated that non-state actors should be involved in international negotiations, which laid the foundations for the big swell of activities of non-state actors in present climate change countermeasures, and greatly contributed to the subsequent development of international negotiations on environmental conservation.

Since 2016, as a WWF climate energy leader, he has been making efforts to developy momentum and steady progress in climate change countermeasures in collaboration with nations, companies, and civic organizations. In addition, he has been broadly active in various organizations, such as chairing the Green Bond Evaluation Council for the French sovereign green bond.


Kristine Tompkins (Born in 1950, U.S.A)
(Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc.)

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins is the president and co-founder of Tompkins Conservation, an American conservationist, and former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. For nearly thirty years, she has committed to protecting and restoring wild beauty and biodiversity by creating national parks, restoring wildlife, inspiring activism, and fostering economic vitality as a result of conservation.

Having protected approximately 14.7 million acres of parklands in Chile and Argentina through Tompkins Conservation and its partners, Kristine and her late husband Douglas Tompkins are considered some of the most successful national park-oriented philanthropists in history. Through Tompkins Conservation and its partners, she has helped to create or expand 15 national parks, including two marine national parks, in Chile and Argentina, and works to bring back species that have gone locally extinct, such as the jaguar, red-and-green macaw, and giant river otters in Northeast Argentina, and Darwin’s rheas and extremely endangered huemul deer in Chile. As president of Tompkins Conservation, she works closely with strategic partners Rewilding Argentina and Rewilding Chile.

Kristine also serves in various positions of global leadership in conservation, including as Chair of National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places campaign. She was the first conservationist to be awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. In 2018 she was named the United Nations’ Global Patron for Protected Areas. Her 2020 TED Talk, "Let's Make the World Wild Again," has over two million views.

The Earth Forum Kyoto

Date : Monday, November 15th, 2021 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Venue : Kyoto International Conference Center, Room D (Takaragaike, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City)
Program :
 > Commemorative Lecture
 ・Tsuchiya Haruki
・Manuel Pulgar Vidal (Video Message)
 ・Kristine Tompkins (Video Message)


 > Talk session involving high school students in Kyoto and Tsuchiya Haruki(the inductee)

High school students in Kyoto have participated in three study sessions with several climate change experts to deepen their understanding of the issues involved, and created video messages to theEarth Hall of Fame inductees. Five of these students will appear on stage.

 > Panel Discussion


Dr. Hamanaka Hironori(Chair of ICLEI Japan, Senior Advisor of The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES))

Mr. Hamanaka joined the Ministry of Health and Welfare in 1969, transferred to the EnvironmentalAgency in 1971. During his public service, he was involved in a number of government-level negotiations,including for the Kyoto Protocol. In 2007, he became the chair of the Institute for GlobalEnvironmental Strategies (IGES) and became a special research advisor to that organization in 2017.He has served in current position since 2021. Since 2005, he has also been the chair of ICLEI Japan.



Mr. Marty Pomphrey(General Manager, Patagonia International Inc., Japan Branch)

Mr. Pomphrey began his professional career as a market analyst at Nike Japan. Since 2007, after serving as vice president at Fossil Japan, he was involved in a number of business development projects as a consultant and entrepreneur. He took office as the General Manager of Patagonia International Inc., Japan Branch in 2019.



Ms. Miyake Kaori (Co-representative of the Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP))

executive officer in charge of environmental and social initiatives at AEON Co., Ltd.In 1991, Ms. Miyake joined JUSCO Co., Ltd. (now AEON Co., Ltd.), and became the head of its Branding Department in 2007. Since 2017, she has variously been responsible for AEON’s environmentaland social initiatives, public and investor relations, and other duties. She has served in hercurrent position since 2021. In 2019, she also became a co-representative of the Japan ClimateLeaders’ Partnership (JCLP).


Dr. Abe Kenichi (Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)

As a specialist in environmental anthropology and correlated regional research, Dr. Abe hasconducted practical research concerning relationships between humans and nature, primarily inAsia. He has also served as a coordinator with UNESCO for the session on Water and CulturalDiversity on the World Water Forum since 2003, and taken part in the establishment of the GloballyImportant Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) program of the Food and Agriculture Organizationof the United Nations (FAO).

Exhibitions from Younger Generation

At the venue of The 12th Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO Commendation Ceremony, we display some works of younger generation. You can see all contents below.


(1)Elementary school students in Kyoto expressed their vision toward Zero-Carbon Society.

Challenge sheet( External link )


(2) High school students in Kyoto participated in study sessions with experts of climate change. You can see how they feel and face with climate issues here.

Assojavascript:ciated Event

“KYOTO SMART CITY EXPO 2021” an international event, creates opportunities to make innovation happen, is held in cooperation with The 12th Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO.



  • The 12th Inductees’ perspective on Smart Cities and Environment etc.
  • Smart City and the future of humans “Unraveling the future of Smart City from a global perspective”. The 10th inductee of the Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO, Yamaori Tetsuo join the session.

The Earth Hall of Fame KYOTO Application Enquiry Office

To apply to participate in the Ceremony & Symposium, please tell us your full name, home address, phone number, by Email.

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