Energy / Climate Change

October 31, 2007


Signature Campaign 'The Promise of Kyoto' Asks for National Measures against Global Warming

Keywords: Climate Change Government NGO / Citizen 

In Japan, young people in their twenties to thirties who are concerned about global warming have been promoting a signature campaign, entitled "The Promise of Kyoto," to ask the national government to introduce systems against global warming. They have collected 15,049 signatures as of July 29, 2007.

Under the Kyoto Protocol adopted in 1997, Japan promised to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 6 percent from the 1990 levels, between 2008 and 2012. However, Japan's GHG emissions in 2005 had increased by 8.1 percent. Although anti-global warming measures have been voluntarily taken by individuals and companies throughout the country, they seem to be insufficient to achieve the reduction target.

The Promise of Kyoto was therefore established to request that the national government introduce systems to ensure Japan's achievement of the target within fiscal 2007, before entering the promised period. It plans to request the government by sending over 100,000 signatures to the national diet in the end. On June 20, 2007, about 5,000 signatures were sent to the diet as an interim report.

Posted: 2007/10/31 12:19:57 PM
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