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October 28, 2016

German Edition of Weizsäcker–Ikeda Dialogue Released


German edition of Weizsäcker–Ikeda dialogue

FREIBURG, Germany: Publishing house Herder has released the German edition of Knowing Our Worth: Conversations on Energy and Sustainability, a dialogue between German environmentalist Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Daisaku Ikeda. Herder, a publisher of scholarly books, has previously released Soka Gakkai related books in German such as The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.

Their dialogue on building a sustainable global society was originally serialized in Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine, and in the Japanese edition of The Journal of Oriental Studies, a biannual journal of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), in eight installments from December 2011 to May 2014. The dialogue has been reedited for the book, which also includes new material.

A foremost authority on global environmental policy, Dr. Weizsäcker currently serves as co-president of the Club of Rome. He has also served as president of University of Kassel in Germany, director of the UN Center for Science and Technology and as head of the Institute for European Environmental Policy. He is the recipient of the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mr. Ikeda and Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Mr. Ikeda and Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker at the Soka University auditorium (March 21, 2010, Hachioji, Tokyo)

Mr. Ikeda, who is an honorary member of Club of Rome, has also previously published dialogues with founder and first president Aurelio Peccei (Before It’s Too Late) and honorary president Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner (A Dialogue between East and West).

Throughout the dialogue, Dr. Weizsäcker and Mr. Ikeda share common concerns for bringing an end to the voracious consumption of resources by humans and building a sustainable future through transitioning to clean, efficient and renewable energy sources. They concur that understanding the concept of human revolution—a self-directed process of positive inner change that leads to transformation of one's environment—is crucial to overcoming global issues and rejuvenating society.

Dr. Weizsäcker and Mr. Ikeda first met in March 2010 on the campus of Soka University in Hachioji, Tokyo. The idea of collaborating on a dialogue grew out of discussions they held at that time and was continued through written correspondence.

[Adapted from an article in the October 28, 2016, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]