“It is worse, much worse, than you think.”

The opening of David Wallace Wells’ 2019 book, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” is indicative of the doomsday rhetoric that has defined environmental discourse in recent years.

Climate concerns have made an impression on the public consciousness in Japan, too. From the founding of the Japan Climate Initiative in 2018 — featuring more than 100 Japanese companies, local governments, research institutions and NGOs — to the growing presence of climate advocacy groups such as Kiko Network and Fridays for Future.