Eco-School Districts in Kyoto City

Background to the creation of Eco-School Districts (Eco-Gakku) Kyoto City is an inland city located in the center of Japan and has a population of approximately 1.42 million. Kyoto City was the ancient capital of Japan for over 1,200 years, and today, it has become a tourist city, attracting 50 million visitors a year. The 

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Tokyo to require solar panels on new small, medium-sized buildings including houses

By Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tokyo is the central city of Japan with a population of approximately 14 million people who emit greenhouse gases (GHG) equivalent, or about 62 million tons of CO2 per year. In order to fulfill its responsibility as a megacity and play its part in tackling the climate crisis to limit temperature 

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Manga from City of Kitakyushu to promote the SDGs

By Kitakyushu City Japanese Manga (comic) is now recognized as one of the world’s proudest Japanese cultures and is popular in many countries around the world. The City of Kitakyushu believes that through the Manga, it is possible to communicate its international environmental improvement initiatives to a wider audience in an easy-to-understand way. Last year, 

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Zero Carbon Conference for Students held for the first time -High school and university students learn and interact with each other across countries-

By Nagano Prefecture Cooperation between Nagano Prefecture, Japan and Region of North Karelia, Finland The Zero Carbon Conference for Students was held online for four days from February 22 to 25, 2022. The conference was organized by the Nagano Prefectural Government, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, North Karelia Municipal Education and 

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Itabashi Ward and Tokyo Metropolitan Government launched “e-Ride Tokyo”, a battery sharing project for EV motorcycles

Itabashi Ward and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government held a launching ceremony of battery sharing for EV motorcycles. Itabashi Ward is located in the northwestern part of Tokyo’s 23 wards, with lowlands in the north and plateaus in the south. Itabashi Ward had been highlighted as a transportation hub, and public transportations like railroads, subways, and 

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ESD Okayama Award 2021 Winners contribute to Community Resilience

The ESD Okayama Award has been held since 2015 by Okayama City and the ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee, with the aim of honoring good practices of ESD in Japan and abroad, thereby enhancing the activities of the organizations that implement the projects, and contributing to the spread of ESD. After the final selection, Okayama 

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Three new members inducted into the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame

On Monday 15th November, three more members will be inducted into the Kyoto Earth Hall of Fame; Tsuchiya Haruki from Japan, Manuel Pulgar Vidal from Peru, and Kristine Tompkins from the USA. The Earth Hall of Fame honors individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the conservation of the global environment. The award 

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Collaborating for change: Yokohama shares innovative solutions to advance the SDGs

  By Isabelle Ward Achieving the SDGs will not only help mitigate the climate crisis, it will bring positive economic and social change. However, the UN Summit in 2019 and SDG High Level Political Forum in 2020 both stressed that we are behind in terms of meeting the SDG targets. Effective knowledge sharing between cities 

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How to achieve a 1.5°C lifestyle? Japanese cities have unique tools to offer

We are in the middle of a planetary crisis due to climate change. The Paris Agreement,  set in 2015, strives to combat climate change and limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C compared to pre-industrialization levels. If the 1.5 °C target is to be met, we need to drastically change our lifestyles.  To promote 

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Itabashi Ward revitalises its small scale urban agriculture tradition

Small scale urban agriculture in Japan has a long history but is increasingly being diversified beyond just providing freshly grown products. It is offering farming experiences for residents, green space for communities, conserving local biodiversity and, in disaster prone Tokyo, safe evacuation space. In Itabashi it also presents a way for residents to rediscover, and 

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