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Three Gold Sponsors of the the Tokyo Games are involved in dirty coal investment and rainforest destruction. This is making the global climate emergency worse.

Sponsors consider the Games as a great opportunity to put the capital on the path towards sustainability and the Organising Committee says that it aims for a carbon-neutral event. But while athletes will compete for medals made of recycled metal and stand on recycled plastic podiums, these efforts do not even come close to the action needed to address the climate emergency.

Gold Sponsors

Three of the Gold Sponsors are major backers of coal in the world — lending and underwriting for coal developers. These sponsors SMBC, Mizuho and Tokio Marine continue to fund a massive fleet of coal-fired power stations in Japan and abroad. This is a catastrophe for the planet — worsening deadly air pollution and driving climate change to devastating levels. These same sponsors are funding the destruction of tropical rainforests, eliminating the best natural carbon sinks in the world.

Rainforest destruction

In a flagrant breach of the Games commitment to sustainability, wood from threatened South-East Asian rainforests has been used to build Olympic venues including the national stadium. Much of the wood was supplied by a company funded by Gold Sponsors SMBC and Mizuho and sourced from a notorious logging and palm oil company that is stealing community land and destroying rainforests in Indonesia. Not only that, some of this wood came from rainforests that were converted to coal mines. Given links between biomass and tropical deforestation, the Tokyo Games' reliance on biomass as part of their 'renewable energy' solution might very well be furthering deforestation.

Rainforest destruction

In a flagrant breach of the Games commitment to sustainability, wood from threatened South-East Asian rainforests has been used to build Olympic venues including the national stadium. Much of the wood was supplied by a company funded by Gold Sponsors SMBC and Mizuho and sourced from a notorious logging and palm oil company that is stealing community land and destroying rainforests in Indonesia. Not only that, some of this wood came from rainforests that were converted to coal mines. Given links between biomass and tropical deforestation, the Tokyo Games' reliance on biomass as part of their 'renewable energy' solution might very well be furthering deforestation.

Timber is being cleared from orangutan habitat in Borneo, and supplied to the Tokyo Olympics with financing from SMBC.

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