UK-JP 2020: Climate Change & Climate Action
In the 2020 edition of the UK-Japan Student Conference, we addressed climate change — the most urgent existential problem humanity faces today. We fostered an intercultural understanding of the sources of climate change and local drivers in both countries.
Japan has been at the forefront of innovation and policy with the Kyoto protocol. Meanwhile, the adoption of climate-mitigating behaviours in the UK is rapidly accelerating, and the government recently declared a “climate emergency.” Both countries have made commitments to reduce their carbon emissions and are part of the Paris Climate Agreement, yet many argue these policies are insufficient. The conference will raise awareness about the roots of the problem, policies being currently implemented, viable alternatives to them, and more broadly, explore effective ways of addressing climate change on all levels: individual, group, state, and worldwide.