NHK World has a brief video report on its Internet website from the Earth Day held in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park for 2 days from Saturday:
More than 300 NPO and NGO groups in Japan are participating in the event, addressing people to think about environmental issues and to act kindly toward the Earth. Many tents take up the theme of environmental issues, and some people are selling recycled goods.
A group advocating preservation of African gorillas called for a ban on cutting jungles there. The group is appealing for the reuse of rare metals by recovering worn-out cellular phones as part of the effort to hinder reckless mining in Africa.
Some groups are selling cloth and miscellaneous goods that are environmentally conscious. A demonstration referring to the G8 Summit scheduled in July in Hokkaido is also being presented. Environmental matters are high on the agenda of the summit.
NHK: Earth Day Tokyo 2008 demonstration
The five years from 2008 through 2012 represent the First Promise Period of the Kyoto Protocol, and Japan has promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a level 6% lower than the value in 1990. As things stand that target seems unattainable. Yet day by day pressure to take radical action is growing. And we are now beginning to understand how individual action to stem carbon dioxide emissions may help to slow down such potentially catastrophic phenomena as the loss of polar ice.
At Japan's Lake Toya summit in July 2008, climate change is set to dominate proceedings, with participants seeking clear commitments to the environmental cause.
The world is positioning climate change as the greatest challenge of the 21st century, and it was against this backdrop that the NHK Eco 2008 campaign was launched in January 2008.
In programs ranging from major documentary series to one-off specials, NHK is examining the facts in an attempt to reveal exactly where we stand and what actions we can take. The aim, clear and simple, is to engage your attention and share vital information.
To reach as many listeners and viewers as possible, NHK will exploit the full global reach of the network's unrivalled resources. Today's World (BS1), World Documentary (BS2), Eco-Relay (BS2) and Epic Journey (BShi) are just a few of the major presentations from NHK aiming to captivate your imagination and compel you to take action.
We urge you to tune in to NHK Eco 2008. Your future may depend on it.
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