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Japan: Don't burn the planet!

Christian Aid campaigners moved quickly into action on 11 June after news that Japan is planning 'woefully inadequate' cuts in its carbon emissions.

Japan says it aims to cut its emissions by just 8% below 1990 levels by 2020. Its announcement came out of UN talks taking place in Bonn as part of the preparations for the historic summit in Copenhagen this December.

People in the world's poorest countries are facing the impact of global warming right now.

Christian Aid believes that richer countries need to cut emissions by 40% below 1990 levels if climate catastrophe is to be avoided.

Eight's not great!

Campaigners responded by holding a demo outside the Japanese embassy to send its government a clear message.

They met Second Secretary Shinya Kato at the embassy and asked him to press for Japan to increase its target for cutting carbon emissions. 

In the meeting, campaigners explained why countries like Japan are most responsible for causing climate change, and should be demonstrating leadership in the countdown to Copenhagen.

Paul Brannen, Christian Aid's head of campaigns, said: ‘By announcing this woefully inadequate target now, Japan has undermined the hope of a successful global deal and left the world's poorest people to the mercy of ever increasing poverty and the impacts of climate change.’

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