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[People] The Burning and Flooding of the Planet | by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Burning and Flooding of the Planet
Fr. Shay Cullen

Anyone watching on television the images of burning forests, the raging floods destroying lands and villages, massive landslides burying homes and people have no reason to deny the truth. The latest UN report on the climate crises by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) signed by 159 nations once again informs us that we human are responsible for this terrible crisis.

We humans are bringing disasters upon ourselves by tolerating and allowing through corrupt politicians the coal, oil and gas energy companies to promote their extraction and continual burning of fossil fuel. By financially supporting the election campaigns of friendly politicians, they are getting massive government subsidies to continue to produce and burn coal, oil and gas.

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[Campaign] Call for volunteers: Strike with us! – Youth Strike for Climate Philippines

[VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY]

The Youth Strike for Climate Philippines is a national, youth-led movement and network of youth-led actions and organizations aiming to empower young people to take action in addressing the effects of Climate Change by taking part in demonstrations on the streets to demand action from the government. We believe that we must be at the forefront of the on-going global struggle against the climate crisis for the survival of our planet.

On the 29th of November, the whole country will once again join the #ClimateStrike. We are 100% organized and run by young climate activists and environmental advocates. Now, we are looking for new volunteers to join this global movement!

Register now to become a volunteer-member thru this link: http://bit.do/CallForVolunteersClimateStrikePH

Everyone is welcome! Joins us now.

*This volunteer opportunity is only for Metro Manila. Others who want to volunteer may send us a message for them to be linked in the strike organizers in their area.

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#ClimateCrisis

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[In the news] Philippines tops list of countries facing climate risk -PhilStar.com

The Philippines has topped the list of countries facing the highest risk of climate change hazards, according to the latest Global Peace Index (GPI) released by Australia-based independent think tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).

Citing data from the Index for Risk Management, the IEP said the Philippines scored the highest in terms of risk of multiple climate change hazards such as floods, cyclones and droughts.

It noted that 47 percent of the population live in areas with high exposure to climate hazards.

Following the Philippines in terms of risk due to multiple hazards are Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the Philippines ranked seventh in terms of risk to single natural hazard, after Vietnam, Somalia, Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesi

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[Video] Bataan: Life in Ashes -350 Pilipinas

 

350.org is an international climate justice organization encouraging citizens to action with the belief that publicizing the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will pressure world leaders to address climate change and to reduce levels from 400 parts per million to 350 parts per million.

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[Statement] Groups criticize the decision of the Philippine government not to participate in international climate talks

File photo by March for Climate justice

June 6, 2019

We strongly criticize the arrogant, self-righteous, myopic and misplaced decision of the Philippine government not to participate in international climate talks.

We have been diligently following and engaging in the climate negotiations for the last 12 years, as civil society organizations and peoples movements from developing countries. We are keenly aware and have been hugely disappointed at the outcomes and how governments have behaved and the positions they have taken. But we have not come close to deciding to stop coming to these very critical international processes.

To hear the Duterte government completely abandon its responsibility to fight for the interests and well-being of the people of the Philippines in the international arena in the face of a global crisis requiring urgent global solutions, is deeply disturbing.

First, it does so with the arrogant self-righteous assumption that it is already doing fine with its climate change policies and therefore it’s the failure of other countries and the process itself. President Duterte has no moral authority to call the talks “more hot air” as his government is also extremely short on policy and action against climate change.

Second, his position that it may not matter in the long run due to other global issues including threats of war reveals a very shallow and myopic understanding of the climate crisis. It is irresponsible and callously ignoring the impacts our people are already experiencing, the already certain worsening of the situation, and the irreversibility of much of the changes global warming is generating.

Third, consistent with this myopia, the Philippine government fails to understand that its duty to fight for the rights and welfare of its people is not only about its own climate policy, it is about exacting actions from rich, industrialized countries who bear a huge responsibility for the climate crisis. The climate talks is an important arena to stand up to the governments of these countries and demand that they fulfill their obligations under the climate convention – to cut their greenhouse gas emissions swiftly and deeply, and provide adequate, additional and public climate finance for developing countries.

Fourth, while we are all in support of stopping wasteful government spending, this is very misplaced. We know for a fact there has not been much financial support for the Philippine delegation to the climate talks in the past many years, and even less so in recent years. More importantly, what are a few air tickets compared to the hundreds of millions we lose to corrupt government officials who this administration is failing or refusing to run after. The hypocrisy is even more blatant in the face of Duterte’s alliance with the Marcoses who robbed the country of tens of billions of pesos.

We urge officials in the Duterte administration who have an infinitely better understanding of the climate crisis and genuine compassion for our people, to stop this dangerous decision.

Signed:
Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development
Philippine Movement for Climate Justice
Alyansa Tigil Mina
SANLAKAS
Oriang Women’s Movement

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[Press Release] “Yes, we don’t wait, we act now but we demand for major emitters to pay” – PMCJ

“Yes, we don’t wait, we act now but we demand for major emitters to pay” – PMCJ

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Response to Aquino’s 4-minute speech at the UN Climate Summit

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) likened the four minute speech of PNoy in the UN Climate Summit as the movie titled, “tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (weighed but found wanting).”

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In response to the urgency of the climate crisis, it is true that everyone should act now without waiting for others to act but along with it, vulnerable countries should demand what is long due to them.

“Justice delayed is justice denied to those millions of people and communities, who, despite of their neglible contribution to the climate crisis bears the brunt of the climate impacts. President Aquino should have demanded developed countries to commit under their obligations to the United Nation Convention for ambitious, deep and drastic emissions cuts. The wrong framework is letting major emitters to continue polluting and just pledge less cuts. Aquino owes it to his kababayans to demand on their behalf. ” Gerry Arances, National Coordinator of PMCJ said.

Also in his speech PNoy claimed that the Philippines are continuing steps towards low emission development strategy and are transitioning to less traditional technologies. He also mentioned about policies being in place such as the the Renewable Energy Act of 2008.

“If this is really a genuine plan, then how come the P-Noy government has approved twenty-six (26) new coal plant projects comprising of forty-five (45) coal plants and they are expected to go online by 2020? This is 10,000MW more electricity from coal and will lock the country more to coal dependence for the next 25-50 years which will increase absurdly to 80-90% of coal in the country’s energy and power mix.” Arances exclaimed.

Arances added that “Policies that would mitigate risks to climate impacts on the ground such as the Republic Act 9729 or the Climate Change of 2009 have yet to provide Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP), a plan crucial in lessening risk to climate impacts in the ground. The Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Peoples Survival Fund (PSF) is still not finalized while the Mining Act of 1995 still exists that allows large-scale mining and export oriented management of natural resources. Isn’t this is the exact opposite of the “low emission development strategy” that P-Noy is claiming in his speech. Yes, we don’t wait but we should act accordingly and appropriately to what the people truly needs and not what the corporations want!” Arances emphasized.

PNoy said that his government is not waiting but maximizing resources through harnessing weather forecasting technologies made available, developing hazard-mapping, implementing a re-greening program, tagging public expenditures on climate and engaging sectors on disaster risk financing and insurance policy framework.

“While these policies and actions are commendable, these are not enough considering what the people and communities have went through disaster after disaster. He failed in this arena miserably. There is no harmonize plan on rehabilitation and appropriate adaptation measures to speak of in all climate-affected areas not just in Yolanda. People’s participation is also missing in the picture. The government should start resilience-building and at the same time plan the rehabilitation together with the people before another storm hits us. We also call government to veer away from climate smart false solutions that corporations are peddling to us. What we need is to mobilize public finances here through PSF and demand more financing including technology transfer from developed countries. It is their obligation to pay us,” Arances said.

President Aquino in his speech ended with “…Let the first concrete commitment we make be a change in mindset. From one of over-arguing over the division of work to one that is doing the maximum we can. Always asking what more we can do.”

“President Aquino still has two years to correct the path and make the necessary change of mindset. A change that will mean veering away from coal and fossil fuel addiction of his administration, coupled with a people and ecologically-centric disaster risk reduction & management plan, adaptation & rehabilitation plans, including his development plans.” Arances added.

“This has to go hand in hand with the move to compel developed countries to fulfil their commitments and obligations for emissions cuts and climate finance for adaption needs of vulnerable countries and communities, and for a radical change of production and consumption of energy and commodities especially by corporations and elites.” Arances concluded.

PMCJ asserts that P-Noy should now “walk his talk” after his speech in the climate summit.

PRESS RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 24, 2014

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