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Earth Day appeals are issued by environmental groups

Environmental groups issue Earth Day appeals
  • By Yang Chengyu, Liu Tzu-hsuan / With staff writer

Yesterday was Earth Day. Four appeals were issued by environmental groups to stop land expropriation and to pursue energy transition with caution.

Ho Tsung-hsun, Taiwan Citizen Participation Association director, stated that environmental groups have submitted 56 proposals this past year, a record number. This reflects the urgent need to address environmental issues. ()At a Taipei news conference, he spoke.

Sun Hsiu Ju, deputy secretary-general of Taiwan Environmental Information Association, said that plastic and climate change are two of the most pressing environmental issues facing this generation. () said.

Photo: Tien Yu-hua, Taipei Times

Last month, UN Environment Programme passed a resolution calling to establish a global plastic pollution treaty in 2024. It would restrict the production and reduce plastic waste.

Chen Hsiencheng, chair of Wild at Heart Legal Defense Association ()Natural gas, which is also an emission of carbon, is Taiwan’s alternative energy plan.

He stated that energy transition would be impossible if too many terminals for liquefied gas are built.

Taiwan Environmental Protection Union president Liu Jyh-jian ()The Executive Yuan should be the competent authorities for any proposed climate change response acts if they are to be effective.

He said that the carbon pricing scheme should be approved and the fee set and collected within one year.

He said that the government should reduce carbon emissions, and set clear goals to reduce emissions to less than 10 per cent by 2025.

Liu also suggested that government create a system for identifying natural carbon sinks as quickly as possible.

Taiwan Water Resources Protection Union director Jennifer Nien ()We urged the government on behalf of water resources to monitor groundwater use by industry and to impose water conservation charges.

Shezidao Self-help Society spokesperson Li Hua-ping ()The government was asked to stop rezoning land and expropriating it.

Li said that the government is forcing residents into development projects under the pretenses of cooperation. They are forced to accept compensation, resettlement and other rights.

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