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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.

In their 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 people.

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 economics.

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]

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