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How to fight against climate change living in Japan

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By Chiara Terzuolo

There is a saying: A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

Unfortunately, at the moment most lawmakers, captains of industry and governments worldwide are not really thinking of planting the seeds for a sustainable society that will continue after they themselves pass on.

Despite warnings of a 5 to 10-year deadline to avoid worldwide climate change disaster, reactions are still too slow. Japan’s Cabinet is making plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero in the second half of the 21st century, a glacial pace that indicates we all need to pull together and save our home by pushing for more significant changes.

Besides petitions, supporting lawsuits, and pushing officials in your country/region to make changes in laws and crack down on those who don’t follow them, the best way to affect change is to hit businesses where it hurts: profits. By changing your consumption habits and those of your friends and family, we can reduce the market for resource-draining goods and services, helping to lighten our carbon footprints.

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

It is tough (although certainly not impossible) to go single-use plastic-free, but there are other types of plastics that are easier to turn down than others: plastic bags, plastic bottles/cups, straws and cutlery, including chopsticks.

The Problem: According to Simon Denyer of the Washington Post, each average person in Japan uses around 300 or 400 plastic bags a year. That is about one every single day for a year, or 40 billion annually for the entire nation! A study done by the Union of Kansai Governments found that there are three million plastic bags floating in Osaka Bay alone.

If you then think beyond bags to all the onigiri wrappers, plastic bottles, bento boxes, and wet tissues that usually constitute a single meal from a convenience store, the sheer amount of waste for just minutes of use is staggering and indefensible.

The Solution: Get yourself a sturdy metal canteen or reusable mug, dig out a pair of chopsticks and a couple of eco-bags from your cupboards and stuff them in your bag or backpack. With this basic, cheap kit you can easily refuse single-use plastic when on the go, and you may even be surprised by just how often you will find yourself saying “no thanks” to the stuff. I promise that within a month pulling out reusables will become a habit and won’t take up brain space or time.

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Hilarious. The writer starts with some (5 to 10-year deadline to avoid worldwide climate change disaster) doom porn and their solution this so called "crises"?

The Solution: Get yourself a sturdy metal canteen or reusable mug, dig out a pair of chopsticks and a couple of eco-bags from your cupboards and stuff them in your bag or backpack.

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I've read the deadlines before. Scientists were saying we had five years to go back in 2016. Good grief stop trying to scare people.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Al Gore told us Tokyo would be half flooded by now back in 2005.

What happened to that doomsday prediction?

The waterline is the same now as it was 50 years ago.

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Plastics and climate change are unrelated issues unless the writer wants to posit that plastic bottles are better because they are lighter than other options such as glass so less energy is required to transport them in trucks.

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I didn't realize people were still believing this absurd conspiracy theory. I guess the tinfoil hats are still on.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

With the climate change fanatics predicting sea level rises world wide of 60---70 metres everyione would be well advised to obtain a boat of some kind and if unable to do that then at least get in a stock of life jackets and for those who cannot swim--learn!

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

A climate change denying plie on. Who's have thought, eh?

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Damn, deniers are on full swing today.

And still with the same debunked argument and information.

Thankfully, a majority of people and communities are making efforts to fight the crisis.

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Damn, deniers are on full swing today.

How can you not see that it makes more sense to listen to the ramblings of an American political party with a vested financial interest in the status quo than it does to listen to climate change scientists? Get with the program.

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No such thing, all the past doomsayer predictions from the climate change cultists over the past decades have resulted in nothing, in fact some of those that claimed oceans would rise actually purchased a house near the beach.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Climate Change Bollox. Co2 is plant food & a basic building block for life not a poison. It's purely a tax grabbing racket all while the naive sheeple are happily being fleeced to fatten the elite pockets

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Damn, deniers are on full swing today.

And still with the same debunked argument and information.

Thankfully, a majority of people and communities are making efforts to fight the crisis.

I don't deny climate change;

I just don't care.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Al Gore told us Tokyo would be half flooded by now back in 2005.

What happened to that doomsday prediction?

He's a fraud.

The political reality is, even if you could get most people to believe the Earth will get warmer over the next century due to human activity, they're not willing to harm their livelihoods and comfort today to deal with it. Certainly, China, the world's biggest C02 emitter, isn't going to reduce their emissions.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Tokyo is rather wet at the moment... Maybe Gore was right.  :)

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