Four Critical Years: Act Now! Protect Our Environment and Future.

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Four Critical Years: Act Now! Protect Our Environment and Future.

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発信者:ATO4NEN 宛先:Yoshihide Suga(Prime Minister , Japan)

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Four Critical Years: Act Now! Protect Our Future
Please join our petition to the Japanese government to protect our environment and future.


Do you feel a sense of crisis about the increasing number of extreme weather events and natural disasters? Do you feel a sense of unease about the future of the planet? Although much seems normal, at this very moment the planet’s temperature is relentlessly rising. The future that scientists have long warned of, one in which the lives of humans and other creatures will be drastically upended, is just around the corner.


Have you heard of the “climate clock”? To avoid many of global warming’s most catastrophic effects, the Earth’s average temperature rise must be limited to 1.5 degrees. The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted into the atmosphere is the chief cause of global warming. Imagine a clock that is counting down to the time when too much CO2 will be in the atmosphere to limit warming to 1.5 degrees. The hands of the clock show that we have seven years to go. However, models indicate that by 2025 it will be extremely difficult to uphold the target of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees unless we steadily reduce CO2 emissions every year beginning now. In other words, we have four critical years.


Although the crisis is right before our eyes, so are the solutions.


On top of recovering from the coronavirus pandemic, many developed countries are now turning toward "Green New Deal" policies which create jobs and economic opportunities partly through converting energy infrastructure to renewable energy in a bid to halt global warming. In the United States and China, where emissions are high, the shift to renewable energy such as solar power and wind power is progressing rapidly, and investment in renewable energy is also a vital component in Europe for recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. It has already been shown that not only can energy policy be altered without hurting the economy, but rather that economic benefits can accrue through changes to energy policy.


What is the situation in Japan? The central government is currently reviewing the "Strategic Energy Plan". This focuses on energy sources and use for 2030 and beyond, guided by questions such as “how to reduce dangerous nuclear power plants and coal-fired power generation that emits a large amount of CO2?” and “how to promote energy saving and renewable energy”? These discussions are being held by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, but there are many participants in these talks from industries that profit from nuclear and coal power, and the energy transition that needs to happen as soon as possible is being postponed, contrary to the international trend. At this rate, our future and that of the younger generations could be sacrificed for the short-term financial benefit of a handful of companies.


Therefore, in the "Four Critical Years: Act Now! Protect Our Future" campaign, we will petition the government for an energy policy that reflects the calls of the younger generations and all citizens who are demanding a beautiful and safe environment. The louder our collective voice is, the more likely it is that our future will be protected.


Please join us. This is a first step to protect the future and the dear environment that we depend on, so that we may live safely and with peace of mind in the times ahead.


< Link to full petition text for submission >

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