Today is the 2nd anniversary of the Japan earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear accident. Over 300,000 people are still displaced from their hometowns, not knowing when they will be able rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Last year I visited with volunteers and media friends to make a film about the change one year ago. Still another year on, little has changed.
Dismantling the nuclear reactors which were destroyed in the tsunami at Fukushima turns out to be harder than expected. Experts have raised questions about safety of existing plants and more than 80% of Japanese people are against nuclear power.
I was shocked to hear that the Advisory Committee for the Nation’s Basic Energy Strategy was reorganised so that now only two expert members out of 15 stand against nuclear energy. Why has Japan chosen to go back to nuclear energy? Political and big business interests are too short term.
Reports show Japan could move to 50% renewable energy by 2020. This would push innovation in green technology, establishing Japan as the global leader in renewable energy. Japan should take this opportunity and would benefit enormously if the country took the lead. This could help Japan reestablish a position of global leadership.
We all need to take responsibility for our decisions and how they affect our lives: what we eat, what we wear and what kind of energy we use. The time for relying on governments or corporations to make the right decisions for us, our health, and the wellbeing of society is over. We need accountable and transparent policy making and new economics.
People Tree has always worked for a sustainable world, creating Fair Trade products which support producers’ lives and protect the environment. For these reasons, we are calling for a shift to more sustainable energy. Please join us and take a step forward in support of these movements!
Thanks to People Tree customers and local support, the Peace + Eco Centre opened in Minami Sanriku, one of the places that was affected the worst by the tsunami. The centre will bring together young people to study and support local communities and sustainability. Sales of the Cherry Blossom necklace and have raised over £4,000 to support the centre.
You can help People Tree support this work in Japan by purchasing a Cherry Blossom Necklace today.
From Safia Minney, Founder and CEO of People Tree