The Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF)
in cooperation with the Kanagawa Prefectural Marine Science High School in Yokosuka (Japan) has created a Japanese-language version of “The Other CO2
Problem,” a clay animation video originally coordinated by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).
The greenhouse gases emitted by our society not only cause global warming, but also increase the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our oceans, leading to a lowering of the seawater’s pH and therefore moving towards acidity. This impact of CO2 absorption by the ocean is known as ocean acidification. Ocean warming as well as ocean acidification are issues of increasing global importance, and have been mentioned in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome document in 2012 as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015. However, despite the increased global concern about ocean acidification it has only recently been raised as an issue in Japan.
To help address this situation, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF), in cooperation with the Kanagawa Prefectural Marine Science High School in Yokosuka, Japan, has created a Japanese-language version of a video called “The Other CO2 Problem.” This clay animation video, originally coordinated by PML with students at the Ridgeway School in Plymouth, UK, demonstrates the devastating impacts of ocean acidification, an issue that has been referred to as “the other carbon dioxide problem” or global warming’s “evil twin.” This version has been watched nearly 13,000 times on You Tube, had more than 15,000 DVDs distributed worldwide and has been translated in five languages. It has also been shown at high-level climate change meetings such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP) and the United Nations Ocean Conference.
Seven students at the Kanagawa Prefectural Marine Science High School participated in the Japanese dubbing of the film, with assistance from their teachers and researchers at OPRI-SPF. This translated video will serve as a starting point for learning about ocean acidification in Japan.
Dr. Carol Turley, Senior Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory and original project leader, comments: “How wonderful to see this new Japanese version of the animation as it has travelled the globe. It was first made 10 years ago by children in England and they had great fun researching the issue of ocean acidification, making the creatures, and writing the script. What better way to celebrate the 10th Birthday of The Other CO2 Problem!”
Dr. Atsushi Sunami, President of OPRI-SPF, comments: “It is with great joy that we release the Japanese-language version of “The Other CO2 Problem.” Our staff had a fantastic time working with the students and teachers, and were reminded of the importance of involving various stakeholders, especially the youth, in combatting the ocean acidification issue. International cooperation is also key to tackling this issue, and we look forward to further collaboration with PML in the future.”