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Abolish Foreign Military Bases

Peace Boat is very committed to the issue of the abolition of foreign military bases. In Japan, it is a key supporter of US for Okinawa, a peace action network based in Tokyo formed by citizens from US, Japan and elsewhere living in Japan who are concerned about the presence of US bases in Okinawa and the danger that the US Futenma Air Base poses to the people of Okinawa. At the international level, Peace Boat held a conference in Ecuador on the issue in 2009.

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El Sistema Global Campaign

Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working with the Venezuelan youth orchestra system known as ?gEl Sistema,?h inviting young musicians onboard its ship and bringing musical instruments to Venezuela. So far, more than 50 young musicians have traveled with us, and we have delivered more than 300 musical instruments to the El Sistema program. During our visits to Venezuela, Peace Boat participants join cultural exchange programs with the young people of the orchestra, and learn about the achievements of this national music system and the social role that music plays for the youth of Venezuela. El Sistema Global Campaign was formed in 2012 to promote this music education program and its social reach in the countries visited by Peace Boat.

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Galapagos Forest Revitalization Project

Due to rapid development and introduced species brought in by settlers, the precious nature of the Galapagos Islands - the "islands of evolution" - are under threat. Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working together with the Charles Darwin Foundation and photographer Fujiwara Koichi on a project to plant native species such as Scalesia.

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Patagonia Project

In close collaboration with CODEFF, one of Chile's oldest environmental organizations, Peace Boat is working to raise awareness about a controversial hydro-electric project that threatens to do ecological damage to the Aysen region, whose diverse wildlife and other biological and geographical features are already endangered by development and resource exploitation. Peace Boat has lent its voice to the call to register Patagonia as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and helps fundraise for environmental activities in Chile.

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