Farming Life and Ancient Lakes

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Ranger Reporter Christina takes flight, landing in Japan for COP10.

It’s Christina again! I can’t believe I’m telling you this, but it’s true, I’m in Japan! The flight was very long and boring but we have finally arrived. I’ve already experienced all kinds of neat and new things. The climate here is very different; warmer and more humid. I wonder what kind of neat creatures enjoy this climate?

airplane, over, arial, Japan

We stayed at a farmer’s house yesterday, I learned so much! The way farmers farm here is very sustainable. That means they’ve been doing it for a very long time and will keep doing it in the future in a way that doesn’t harm the earth too much. They have something called “Kabata” meaning life with water. They have a well-type system with giant fish, carp that they use for their drinking water. The carp keep the water clean.

There was different kinds of neat species in the wetlands by the lake that we saw. Some were endangered! Because this is one of the oldest lakes in the world (over 1 million years old!) they have over 60 species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world! They have found over 1200 species in this lake. Unfortunately they also have many species that are invasive. Invasive species means that they didn’t originally come from that region and they are harming the biodiversity. Some of these invasive species like the Bluegill and Large Mouth Bass come from Canada! That made me feel sad.

On this excursion there were many delegates from all over the world. There were 21 people from 12 different countries! It is really important for people from all over the world to talk about biodiversity related issues to share ideas on how to solve problems. Thats why this conference in Japan is so important, so people from all over the world can work to protect biodiversity, together!

Read more about Christina and follow her adventure here!

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