Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the calls for action by all countries to preserve the environment, put an end to poverty, and to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The subtropical islands of Okinawa are rich with nature, and it is natural for Okinawans to appreciate and cherish the environment. Okinawa supports this global movement. The local government has created an Okinawa Prefecture SDGs Promotion Policy and is committed to Okinawa becoming an SDG Partner.
Contributing though carbon offset
One of the efforts being made in Okinawa is carbon offset. Although we are trying to reduce the production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, they are still created in our daily lives. To offset the production of carbon dioxide, we are undertaking other activities to reduce carbon emissions. In Okinawa, carbon offset occurs during sports events, festivals, illuminations and seminars.
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau has implemented carbon offset to balance the carbon dioxide emitted during the material processing, manufacture, and transport of their Be.Okinawa eco-bags.
Helping create a beautiful sustainable society in Okinawa
Carbon offset aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted. This is part of SDG 13: Climate action, and SDG 14: Life below water. The installation of solar power, wind power, and forest management is part of SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and SDG 15: Life on Land.
Both Okinawans and visitors to the islands are blessed to experience the beautiful environment, flora and fauna. Our commitment to these sustainable development goals will help keep Okinawa beautiful for future generations, while making progress with global environmental issues.
Let’s take on this challenge together!
Posted on March 12th, 2021
Text by Kei Itaya
Magazine editor, writer, newspaper journalist in Tokyo and NYC for more than 15 years. Returned to her hometown of Okinawa in 2019.