Kicking Off COP25 Madrid – A System Change to Overcome the Climate Crisis
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be held in Madrid, Spain for two weeks from December 2nd to December 13th. This article is a summarization of both this conference’s notable points as well as the perspectives of civil society.
The 2019 Scorecard on Insurance Underwriting for Coal Projects: Tokio Marine, MS&AD, and SOMPO got the lowest score
Unfriend Coal Campaign published the ranking of 30 leading insurers worldwide for efforts for climate change and divestment from coal. It shows that insurers with the policy to end/limit insurance underwriting for coal projects such as Allianz, AXA, Swiss Re, Munich Re, Chubb, QBE, etc. rank relatively high, on the other hand, Japanese major non-life insurance companies that do not have such policies: Tokio Marine, MS & AD, and SOMPO rank at the bottom.
350.org launches petition urging Japanese banks to rule out funding Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant in Vietnam
Over 22,000 signatures have been collected from 49 countries and submitted to Japan’s major banking groups to stop funding new coal plants and to desist from financing Vung Ang 2, a coal-fired power plant in Central Vietnam.
As Tokyo 2020 and IOC Officials Meet, NGOs Issue Statement on Measures to Better Protect Public Health and Safety
On the eve of a critical Tokyo 2020 Olympics coordination meeting on October 30-November 1, 27 NGOs from 14 countries issued a statement urging the Japanese government and Tokyo 2020 corporate sponsors to stop fueling the climate crisis with their support for one of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions, coal-fired power plants.
NGOs call on JBIC not to finance the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant in Vietnam ~Stop exporting pollution with public money~
A letter signed by 30 organizations from various countries was submitted to the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) – a Japanese public financial institution demanding that they should not finance the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power plant and all other new coal projects. Communities in the Vung Ang area already suffer from severe pollution from existing power plants and factories.