On the opening day of the G20 Summit, environmental NGOs gathered in Osaka city to demand Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, take effective measures against climate change and urgently phase-out coal.
The G20 leaders appeared in the middle of Osaka on the day of G20 Summit opening! @AbeShinzo still finances coal and the other leaders demand Japan phase-out coal! To be a true climate leader PM Abe should take effective measures against climate change! #NoCoalJapan pic.twitter.com/D7fjbjNzGI
— Friends of the Earth Japan (English) (@FoEJapan_en) June 28, 2019
Leading up to the G20, civil society organizations and community groups who are affected by Japanese coal financing stood up and demanded Japan to stop financing dirty energies.
Oriang @ Japan embassy in Manila – part of many APMDD-led Asia-wide coordinated actions today vs #G20 and Japan. #JapanStopFundingCoal #G20StopFossilFuelSubsidies pic.twitter.com/oly95H6Ml2
— APMDD (@AsianPeoplesMvt) June 26, 2019
You know it's a #climateemergency when even Pokemons are taking to the streets to protest fossil fuel finance.#Pikachu #NoCoalJapan #G20 @g20org @AbeShinzo
→ https://t.co/G88Sqh8kDv pic.twitter.com/hBZSxZuHlk
— 350 dot org (@350) June 25, 2019
Despite Paris Agreement and the impact that the climate crisis, Japan still pushes coal power export to developing countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Bangladesh.
Building coal power plants will accelerate climate change and the continuation of investing in dirty fossil fuels is incompatible with Paris 1.5 degree goal. Moreover, people and communities are being forced to relocate without compensations or sufficient consultations. People are losing their livelihood and farmers are being criminalized.
Japan must stop financing dirty, destructive project now!
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