Taro Aso, Manga Hero Cutting CO2 Emissions
Image from Nikkei, the major financial daily here in Japan. This ad was sponsored by WWF Japan and Avaaz.org to highlight the options for Prime Minister Taro Aso. He is supposed to decide Japan's CO2 emission targets in June. They range from an increase of four percent (suggested by the industry) to reductions up to 25 percent.
Turns out 63% of the public, when asked, will support deep cuts. "Can Taro Aso be a hero," the ad asks. Wouldn't it be great if he really came forward on this issue? More over at Treehugger.
Japan's international reputation and economic future are at stake as Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso prepares to announce Japan's 2020 climate targets in the next few weeks. His decision will be critical to progress at global climate negotiations -- currently taking place in Bonn, Germany -- as countries like the USA and China are deliberating about their own ambition levels.
Avaaz.org, working with partner organizations in Japan and around the world, is running a campaign to call on Prime Minister Aso to set strong, science-based 2020 climate emissions targets. The campaign includes a public opinion survey showing widespread Japanese support for strong targets and an ad campaign calling on Prime Minister Aso to be a hero.