Japan to make Climate Change the priority over the economy.
Japan’s PM Taro Aso want to counter Climate change in spite of economic downturn. As the business daily Nikkei said citing unnamed government sources. Aso want to order a stimulus package that will focus on reducing and even eliminating greenhouse gases. This was unveiled at a meeting last Wednesday at a panel of his global warming advisory.
Meanwhile in the US, President B. Obama promised to lead the World on Climate Changes, wish is good news however as some G20 developing nations leaders did point out at the last summit in November and on at the summit in Davos at the World Economic Forum in February 2009, that the US will have to cash up 20 year on the leader in matters of Environment such as Japan, Germany, Sweden and Denmark and this in an Recession that seems more like a depression.
The Japanese Government is rightfully concerned about the eminent future since the scientific consensus is that the increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases due to human activity has caused most of the warming observed since the start of the industrial era and the observed warming cannot be satisfactorily explained by natural causes alone.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon also called for a "Green New Deal" at a UN climate conference last December in Poland. Where Japan has reiterated its previous pledge to reduce carbon emissions up to 80 percent by 2050. This PM Aso reiterated in Davos again.
The meeting last Wednesday here in Tokyo focused on finding ways to reduce green house gases to 15% below what they where in 1990 by 2020 for Japan. This initiative may require a 20-fold increase in tapping solar power and a 40 percent boost in the use of next-generation environmentally friendly cars percent, it added.
One of the problems is the enforcement of existing laws and regulations already in place. Such as the ban on burning plastic in Japan wish is defied by Farmers especially and a great concern. Moreover, the pollution of the sea and reduction in the fish stocks as well as the decreasing Earth Oxygen levels.
Aso seems serious, as some of his predecessors where as well and he seems to be more then aware from the sound of his speeches and actions that we are running out of time. And that the Economy is actually the least of our worries when faces with environmental catastrophism as they may be eminent with in one generation if not countered with drastic measures.
His speech is promising and lets hope we do not lose focus on what does really matter here. For the sake of our descendant.
Leaders of the G8 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States -- agreed at their summit last year to cut carbon emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050. Wish is not enough any longer. We will have to do much better.