Target: Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe
Goal: Praise country for utilizing solar energy and creating solar islands
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 shattered the Japanese peoples’ confidence in nuclear energy. The nuclear power plant suffered three meltdowns when a massive earthquake coupled with a tsunami shook the entire nation. People living near the power plant had to be evacuated and the effects of this disaster will be felt for decades. Now the people are looking at other energy options, one of them being solar power. Japan has just completed work on floating solar islands and it should be praised for its ingenuity.
The first solar island opened in 2013, and two companies in Japan have announced plans to open their own in the coming years. The current power plant is a creation of smartphone maker Kyocera, and the solar island is the country’s largest producer of solar energy, coming in a 70 megawatts floating off of the southern coast of Japan. The two solar islands that are being produced will be part of a network of 30 stations, each of which will be able to produce 60 megawatts of solar energy.
Solar power is a relatively cheap and green source of energy, especially for nations that have low resources. Since Japan has so little space, the nation is forced to get its power offshore, hence the floating solar islands. Japan has also made plans to place giant wind turbines on the ocean floor to generate energy. Since the disaster, the Japanese people have moved away from nuclear power and are instead turning their sights toward energy that is less likely to harm themselves or the environment. Sign the petition below to praise Japan for shifting its focus to solar power instead of dirty and dangerous energy.
Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,
Recently, a smartphone maker has created a solar island in your country, generating 70 megawatts of power. This creation is ingenious. Not only is it supplying Japan with power, but the power is clean and safe. Japan once used nuclear power to supply 30 percent of the country’s power, but this percentage is quickly dying down. This is good news, as nuclear power is harmful and dangerous.
I am writing this letter praising your country for the shift in energy consumption. Despite the apparent danger of nuclear power, many countries still insist on using it. The consequences of a nuclear meltdown can be felt decades after the disaster, as can be seen from the nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, and yet many countries still rely on it even when solar energy is cheap and safe. I hope Japan will demonstrate to the world how effective solar energy is as well.
[Your Name Here]
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