Climate change is happening at a rate that is faster than the blink of an eye. It’s getting worse everyday and a majority of people do not pay enough attention to it. Global warming is happening so fast that it will be irreversible if we do not act fast enough. Arctic ice keeps melting, making the water levels rise, globally. All these add up to an unimaginably scary world in near future.
While the world keeps moving on this way, two super power countries have decided to take big steps into addressing the climate change issue. The two countries Japan and South Korea have made a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050, and become carbon neutral countries.
The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced this decision on Monday 26th of October. Two days later, on October 28, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced the same, being one of the world’s most fossil-fuel reliant economies.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in his first policy address to parliament since taking office last month,“Responding to climate change is no longer a constraint on economic growth.”
Further, he said, “We need to change our thinking to the view that taking assertive measures against climate change will lead to changes in industrial structure and the economy that will bring about great growth.”
The European Union previously set a target of becoming carbon neutral by the same date as Japan and South Korea. However, China, too, announced in September its pledge to become a carbon neutral country by 2060.