Hold True to the Promise of a Carbon-Neutral Japan by 2050

Target: Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan

Goal: Support Japan’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 with tangible action and environmental improvements.

Japan recently announced that they aim to become carbon neutral by 2050. In the past, environmental groups have criticized Japan for slow progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Now, in his first policy speech since taking office, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said that his administration will “put the maximum effort to realize the green society by setting a virtuous cycle in the economy and the environment.”

Greenpeace applauded Prime Minister Suga’s commitment to carbon neutrality but stated that they also hope to see policies and actions that reflect the verbal commitment. Greenpeace added that the public prioritization of carbon neutrality is “precisely the kind of action the world needs.”

Previously, Japan’s politicians spoke about carbon neutrality as a vague possibility for the latter half of the century, not wanting to commit to a solid date. Prime Minister Suga’s goal of 2050 reflects his belief that “responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth.” He also said, “We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about great growth.”

Japan is now on track with the European Union, which has set the goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, and slightly ahead of China, which has set the goal of being carbon neutral by 2060. Sign this petition to applaud Prime Minister Suga’s commitment to a carbon-neutral Japan by 2050 and urge him to create policies that hold Japan to this goal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Suga,

Your recent announcement to make Japan carbon neutral by 2050 is an amazing step in the right direction. Climate change has undoubtedly been exacerbated by humans and politicians’ recognition of this–and their accountability in doing as much as possible to curtail environmental damage caused by carbon emissions–is a major stepping stone toward a more sustainable world.

I applaud you for your prioritization of the environment and I urge you to push for actionable policy that supports your commitment to carbon neutrality.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Norbert Weber




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One Comment

  1. No es suficiente el 2050!!!!!! Debe ser un país neutro de carbón el 2025!!!! El planeta no soporta más!!!

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