[Press Release] Youth group calls for environment policy change not charter change -Y4R

Youth for Rights launches Green Mask Campaign
Calls for Environment Policy Change not Charter Change!

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A youth rights defenders group called on President Rodrigo Duterte to prioritize changes in environment policies rather than changing the constitution.

Youth for Rights (Y4R), a group of young human rights and environmental rights defenders added its voice to the growing number of groups resisting the charter change project of the Duterte administration. In a forum dubbed “A.S.K. for your right to environment” held in Quezon City in July 14, 2018, the youth group expressed their concern over the proposal of the Cha-cha proponents to amend the provisions on Foreign ownership of businesses to 100% in the guise of federalism and the promises of development.

“The agenda to change the constitution, together with development aggression, that favor businesses over people will surely bring about more danger to our environment, affecting the next generation,“ Youth for Rights said.

“Green bills like the Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB) are still pending enactment and mining operations continue to damage our natural resources and affect the lives of the people specially the indigenous peoples and rural communities. We demand the repeal of the mining act of 1995 and the enactment of AMMB and not CHA-CHA!” the group added.

The group also launched their education-action campaign dubbed as “Green Mask campaign” which aims to encourage millennials like them to A.S.K. for their right to environment. According to the group A.S.K. stands for A for Aral, S for Sama-sama and K for kilos para sa karapatan sa kalikasan.

“We the young people still maintain our potential as one of the drivers of change in society. We are the voice of the generation that will inherit the damages brought about by greed and disregard of the environment, the more reason for us to defend and assert our right to environment and urge the public for the urgent need to take action now,” Teod Cortez Bulan, Y4R Marikina said.

“The campaign is a series of education-information activities, networking with youth groups in schools and communities and creative actions,” Bulan added.

“We also get our inspiration from Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” which says that we should listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”

The youth group ended the forum with their version of the famous Bboom Bboom dance by Momoland, “this symbolizes our resistance with the government’s plan to change the Constitution. We are dancing Bboom Bboom with a green twist and not CHA-CHA,” the group concluded.

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