U2 singer Bono is planting a forest in the middle of Tokyo bay, well, he's helping. And he's calling on Japanese to make their politicians more environmentally-aware. Let's see how he's doing.
Irish rock band U2's lead singer Bono joined elementary school children from international and local Japanese schools on Tuesday to plant trees in a reclaimed land in Tokyo, Japan as part of the city's environmental initiatives project.
[Bono, U2's Lead Singer]:
"I do believe that politicians like Governor Ishihara need to hear from you that this is important to you. It's your money that they are spending."
Bono, who is known for his humanitarian and philanthropic work, led the tree-planting event at "The Sea Forest".
A total of 480,000 trees are due to be planted here, creating an 88 hectare forest floating off Tokyo bay. The city hopes the forest when completed in 2016 will help cool the city down during the hot summer months.
At the tree-planting ceremony, nearly a hundred children sang together with the legendary rock singer. 10 year-old Franklin Singer seemed more excited about the rock star than the environmental message.
[Franklin Singer, Student]:
"I really like listening to his music and I got two autographs and a picture of him with me so it was really really really fun."
Bono plans to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development from Wednesday on.