Japan receives satirical ‘Fossil of the Day’ award from environmental group

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An international environmental NGO presented Japan with its satirical “Fossil of the Day” award at the COP27 climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The Climate Action Network awards the prize each day during the meeting to countries that it says are “doing the most for the least” to curb global warming.

The group said on Wednesday that Japan was “the world’s largest public funder of oil, gas and coal projects”, and that its financial flow was going “in the wrong direction”.

Tsuchida Michiyo, a member of a Japanese environmental NGO, expressed regret over the absence of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio from the COP27 meeting.

Tsuchida said Japan is the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, and she wants the Japanese government to be aware that climate change issues threaten the lives and livelihoods of many people.

A Japanese official said the government acknowledged that Japan had been chosen as the winner, but would not comment on any specific activity by private groups.

The official said Japan appears to have been praised by other countries for its role in addressing environmental issues, and added that the government would work to deliver results in dealing with “loss and damage” caused by climate change.

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