May 27, 2022
President and Mrs. Ikeda Express Condolences on the Passing of Dr. Hazel Henderson
Daisaku Ikeda and his wife, Kaneko, have sent a letter expressing their heartfelt condolences to colleagues and family of Hazel Henderson, a world-renowned futurist, evolutionary economist, environmental activist and consultant on sustainable development, who passed away on May 22 at the age of 89.
message, President and Mrs. Ikeda described Dr. Henderson as woman of
indomitable spirit and ceaseless action, a most remarkable human being who offered
proof of the limitless possibilities that exist within each individual and all
Dr. Henderson came to prominence in the 1960s as a homemaker and young mother in New York, where she had moved from her native
Britain, when she began campaigning for restrictions on air pollution in the
city. After founding an environmental group to lobby for this cause and
succeeding in bringing about pollution regulations, she taught herself
economics and became a life-long campaigner for environmental justice, gender equality and green
President Ikeda and Dr. Henderson first met in 1998 and went on to collaborate on the publication of the book-length dialogue, Planetary Citizenship: Your Values, Beliefs and Actions Can Shape a Sustainable World.
[Listen to a podcast of President Ikeda’s essay about Hazel Henderson.]
[Adapted from an
article in the May 27, 2022, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]