The Asahi Glass Foundation established the Round Table Conference on Global Environmental Issues consisting of members of the Board of Directors and Councillors of the Foundation in December 2006. The Conference held discussions during the next three year period on issues confronting the human race, bringing together the expertise of the members representing different fields.
As the final report of the Conference, presenting a new vision for society in the 21st century, the book titled Conditions for Survival - Toward a Solar Energy-Based Society Full of Vibrant Life was published in May 2010. The book was presented to libraries across the country as well as to individuals who had requested a copy. The English version of the report was published in November 2010 and the text can now be downloaded from the Foundation's website.
Symposium "Conditions for Survival" ( 7 July 2011)
The report received considerable interest domestically as well as internationally, and to provide an opportunity for even more people to think about the new vision for society, the Foundation held the Symposium "Conditions for Survival". In the first session, three Blue Planet Prize Laureates who contributed articles in the report were invited to give a talk and they shared their views on global environmental issues.
In the second session, first, Prof. Ma Xiaojun of the Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, who played a leading role in publishing the Chinese version of Conditions for Survival gave a talk on the Chinese perspective on global environmental issues. It was followed by a panel discussion, coordinated by Professor Emeritus Akio Morishima of Nagoya University, discussing "New Ideas for a New Age" with the four speakers.
You can watch video and slids of lectures at the Symposium.
Speeches are original (without translation)
Mr. Lester R. Brown
Dr. Norman Myers
Dr. Emil Salim
Chairman, The Advisory Council to the President; Member of the Senate Board, The University of Indonesia
Revitalizing the Web of Life － The Ecological Approach Towards Restoring Life on our Only One Earth
Professor MA Xiao jun
Professor MA Xiao jun (Professor, Institute of International Strategic Studies, Party School of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China)
China's Green Development Strategy from a Energy Industry View
Panel Discussion Conditions for Survival: New Ideas for a New Age
Here is a list of publications related to "Conditions for Survival"