“Climate crisis” ⛈🌪 first officially used day

According to the Asahi Shimbun Digital dated June 12, 2020, the Ministry of the Environment issued a “Climate Crisis Declaration” saying that global warming is expected to make heavy rain disasters more frequent and intensified in the future. and there was an article that the word “climate crisis” was specified for the first time in the 2020 Environmental White Paper decided by the Cabinet on the same day.

On the 12th, the Ministry of the Environment issued a “Climate Crisis Declaration”, saying that global warming is expected to make heavy rain disasters more frequent and intensified in the future. For the first time in the 2020 Environmental White Paper, which was approved by the Cabinet on the same day, the term “climate crisis” was specified.

A series of meteorological disasters such as a large-scale wildfire in Australia, a record heat wave in Europe, and great damage caused by typhoon No.19 are occurring one after another. These appear to be related to global warming, and the white paper emphasized them as “climate crisis.”


Source; Asahi Shimbun Digital

Looking around the world, the word climate crisis was already in use, but the most shocking thing was the article on BioScience in January 2020. It was approved by more than 11,000 scientists around the world and stated that “the climate crisis has arrived.” However, in the original text, the expression is not climate crisis, but more urgent climate emergency.

World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency

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Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

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Source; BioScience

Six months after that, the Japanese government finally officially used the word “climate crisis”. According to 2017 data, Japan has the fifth highest carbon dioxide emission rate in the world, and the fourth highest per capita emission rate after the United States, South Korea and Russia.

Source: Japan Center for Climate Change Actions

In addition, COP25 held in Spain in 2019, it was announced that Japan was the country most affected by climate change in 2018. The amount of damage is about 3,892 billion yen( about 35.8 billion dollars ).

Japan is the most affected country, but it is criticized for escapism-while young people voiced the “climate crisis”

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Global warming is no longer a future story, but a “climate crisis” that is there now. At COP25, the German environmental NGO “Germanwatch” held a press conference, and in 2018, announced the ranking of countries that were greatly affected by meteorological disasters. Japan was the most affected country. The reason for the selection is that the heavy rain disaster in western Japan, the intense heat, and the damage caused by typhoon No. 21 and the total damage caused by these disasters amounted to at least about 35.8 billion dollars (about 3.892 trillion yen).

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Source: YAHOO! JAPAN News

Japan, which emits a lot of carbon dioxide and is spreading the climate crisis. Also, until now, many developing countries with geographical handicaps have suffered damage, so it felt like a fire on the opposite bank, but at last Japan has become the most damaged in the world. As people all over the world think, honestly, I think it’s a problem that I haven’t been aware of it even though Japan has been a perpetrator and a victim. As an individual and as an activity of IRORI Lab, I strongly want to make an effort to improve the climate crisis as much as possible.