Climate Emergency Network (CEN) launched!


ZERI Japan held the Climate Emergency Network (CEN) inaugural meeting at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo on November 18th Wednesday.

Since the event was held in the COVID-19 pandemic, we restricted the number of people, heeded social distance, hand sanitization, temperature measurement, etc., as infection prevention measures, and canceled the convivial party planned for after the meeting.

Even under such circumstances, leaders from various fields took the stage and gave their inspirational words of encouragement.

-We must recognize the climate change occurring on the entire planet as a crisis for humankind and take concrete actions. It is necessary to changes significantly the way economic activities and society should be. We must change Japan and change the world. What should we do about that? What can we do? The requirements that make it possible are actually in place. What is needed is a strong will and action to change.

There were issues raised from various angles, success stories, and suggestions for the future.
We strongly felt that we must do our best as the CEN’s administration office.

General moderator: Yoshiko Ikoma, CEO of Art Dynamics Co., Ltd.

Moderator: Youth Econet Steering Committee, University of the Sacred Heart, 2nd-year student, Amane Sudo

Opening remarks: Mitsuo Takeuchi, Secretary-General of CEN

Background of inauguration: Yusuke Saraya, Chairman of ZERI Japan

Inauguration keynote report: Ryoichi Yamamoto, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo

Congratulatory speeches:
Motoyuki Suzuki, Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo

Yoshimitsu Kobayashi, Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Inc.

Sachihiko Harashina, President of Chiba University of Commerce

Setsuko Miyagawa, Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Kiyomi Shimizu, SDGs Promotion Office Director and Manager of Productivity General Research Center, Japan Productivity Center

“Living in an era of the climate crisis, -In response to Greta’s thoughts-”
Junko Edahiro, Director of the Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society

“To prevent the collapse of sustainability caused by overlapping environmental crises.”
Fumiko Kasuga, Global Hub Director, Japan
Future Earth

“Practical Guide for Climate Emergency Action Plan”
Masayuki Kamegamori, Director of JMA Consultants, Inc.

“Net Zero Fujisawa Plan 2020”
Hiroshi Mizutani, Institute of Social Geochemistry

Congratulatory speeches:
Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo

Shinjiro Koizumi, Minister of the Environment (Video Letter)

Takaaki Kajita, President of the Science Council of Japan, Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo,
2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

Natsuo Yamaguchi, Komeito Party Chief Representative, Member of the House of Councilors

Mitsunori Kamiya, Chairman of the Japan Enterpriser Conference

Shinichi Takemura, Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design

Gunter Pauli, Special Advisor to ZERI Japan

Closing Remarks:
Akiyoshi Nakajima, CEO of Re-Tem Corporation

* Notice of seminar
We will hold an online workshop on
November 27th (Friday) 16: 30-18: 00 on YouTube
Title “Climate Emergency Network (CEN) launched! -The era of a national movement toward a free, inclusive and fair carbon-neutral society-”
Please see here for the detail.
[JST STI for SDGs Channel]