August 9, 2014 (blogs.timeout.jp， Translation: 張菀渝）In Minato city, Tokyo, seven young people depicting a black circle around their right eyes stood still in protest before the Australian Embassy.
They are the members of an international movement called “The Future”. On this day, they gathered for a “silent action”.
Their motivation is the Australian Senate’s decision to abolish the Carbon Tax and Minerals Resource Rent Tax, and what the Australian Senate calls the “shackles of environmental regulations” that prevent the economic development; and the Senate’s allowance of large amounts of sediment produced by the expansion work of the coal shipping port to be discarded into the coral reef zone of Great Barrier Reef. Fearing that the Senate’s policies may threaten the health of the marine park and should be censured, “The Future” took action in London, Berlin, and Tokyo simultaneously.
It is not for the first time they take this kind of action in Japan.
March 31, 2014, The Future took a silent action before the entrance of the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center, during a press conference of the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
Sawyer Sea, spokesperson for the movement commented:
“Scientists point out that our future is being threatened with certainty, even if we’ve chosen a prudent word, behind the warning there’s an underlying message: If we take climate as our enemy, the future of human civilization will be as fleeting as petals of cherry blossom. “The Future” urge politicians of the world to listen to the voice of the cherry tree and the message of the scientists.
We want politicians to confront the people who ignore the warnings of climate science, thinking only of their own benefit. We want them to become a true leader who protects our fate of an ephemeral future.”
In order to make more people interested in climate change, and to question politicians who do not show the necessary leadership to avoid climate disaster, this movement is spreading all over the world, with a presence already in London, Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
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