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[Statement] Climate Justice group calls for a People’s NDC – Equitable and Just but Ambitious -PMCJ

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Climate Justice group calls for a People’s NDC – Equitable and Just but Ambitious

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A 75% mitigation target to reduce the country’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) from the previous 70% had recently been advanced by the Climate Change Commission in the latest version of the NDC as part of the country’s contribution to global climate change efforts. While this increase in ambition is indeed a welcome change, the failure to deliver the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) on the December 31 deadline stymies the Philippine Government leadership in challenging other countries to be ambitious in their share towards fulfilling the global effort against the climate catastrophe.

The current NDC stirs more questions than provide the blueprint towards Philippine resiliency, sustainable and equitable growth, and the drive to rally rich countries including developing countries to be clear and ambitious in their targets. Submitted only on the 29th of January 2021, the overall targets lack backup from the targets of mitigation per sector. Forestry, for example, which is undoubtedly an integral element in any climate change mitigation strategy, was not included. Transport and the Energy Sector, the sectors that contribute the most in increasing the GHG emissions are equivocal in its targets while agriculture, which remains not to commit to mitigation targets continue to accommodate GHG emitting crop production for exports reneging on the priorities for food self-sufficiency and production for domestic consumption. The updated Policies and Measures (PAMS) list did not contain any significantly different changes raised during the December 29 consultation, in which this poses as a constant concern as National Government agencies continue to lack in engagement with civil society groups and vulnerable sectors–an action that must be fulfilled under the mandatory policies of RA 9729.

While the proposed increase in ambition, as presented in the January 29 document, signifies that National Government seems to be willing to commit a larger amount of effort towards ensuring the country’s global commitment to stabilize the climate, it is alarming that the country’s unconditional target had only modestly increased from a questionable 2% to 2.33%–which almost makes the change negligible. An unambitious unconditional target of any country, like the Philippines, with a known potential of domestic mitigation capacity will hamper the global realization of the Paris Agreement. These lack of scientific basis, miniscule changes to the country’s unconditional targets then bring up the question of the Philippines leadership in demanding climate justice to rich polluter countries and rally the international community to become ambitious of its targets. Can the Philippine government substantiate the basis of the unconditional commitment? Is this how the government values the importance of domestic mitigation targets in a country that is most vulnerable to climate change? How can the climate vulnerable sectors be sure that the National Government is committed to ensuring that the country will be relieved from both the current and future climate impacts

Finally, while the NDC is also an important negotiating instrument for technology, finance and ambitious targets, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice Climate Justice calls on to the President Duterte Government, the Climate Change Commission, the Department of Finance to avoid the mistakes of a NDC submission that is hasty, ill prepared, and lacking the needed consultative process particularly with the CSOs and vulnerable sectors. An NDC that lacks the scientific basis will fail us in achieving climate justice and the much-needed reparation for the Philippines based on equity and fairness which is important in achieving just transition and a modern economy for the workers and the toiling people.

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[Statement] We demand climate justice now!

We demand climate justice now!

The international climate negotiation is not the only arena of our struggles for climate justice. But it is a critical one which now more than ever requires much stronger concerted efforts  — to counter moves by powerful governments, international institutions and global corporations that will bring more harm to people and planet, and to fight for global measures that will stave off catastrophic climate change and enable people to deal with present and future impacts.

To pave the way for more powerful collective campaigning – several organizations worked together on a call for a  “Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice” that is directed at all governments and the international climate talks and effectively combines “inside” and “outside” actions.

The call serves as an appeal and invitation to work together in advancing the demands outlined. These demands are expressed only in general terms in the Call but certainly should be expanded and substantiated based on unities already reached by clim ate justice movements and updated to address current developments. We urge you to join the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice and sign on to the call as an expression of your commitment!  Please contact: DemandClimateJustice@gmail.com

We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world – a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites. In the years ahead, our solidarity and collective action is extremely crucial.  Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing.

Climate change is more than multiplying the sufferings of people already burdened by the global injustices of hunger, dispossession and violation of human rights. It is a crisis that also threatens to wipe out vast populations and profoundly change life on Earth. We must act with clarity, cohesion and courage if we are to stabilize the Earth’s climate system and secure a just and sustainable world.

Like other global crises, climate change arises principally from historically unequal economic and social structures, from practices and policies promoted by rich, industrialized countries, and from systems of production and consumption that sacrifice the needs of the many to the interests of a few. The affected peoples of the world bear little responsibility for the climate crisis yet suffer its worst effects and are deprived of the means to respond.

Addressing these challenges requires profound social transformation in all countries and at all levels – local, national and global.  It requires a rapid shift to systems and methods of production and consumption that are compatible with the limits of the planet and are aimed at meeting the needs of peoples rather than the relentless pursuit of profit.

Part of the process of profound social transformation is fighting for and achieving immediate concrete results in terms of drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions and enabling people to deal with the impacts of the climate crisis.
It is in this light that we are engaged in the fight for an international climate architecture that is rooted in science, equity and justice.

Rather than honoring their historical responsibilities and legal commitments, governments of rich industrialized countries have been trying to reverse Climate Convention principles and dismantle existing agreements. This effort started with the so-called Copenhagen Accord, was advanced by the Cancun outcomes, and was further served by the adoption of the Durban Platform.  Among other things, they are seeking to impose a domestic “pledge and review” system, deregulate multilateral climate rules and promote false solutions such as the expansion of carbon markets. Their efforts must be met with intensified resistance.

As part of a broader struggle to achieve climate justice, reparations for climate debt and a profound global transformation – we demand from all governments that if international negotiations are to mean anything, they must deliver outcomes that will:

Prevent catastrophic climate change and ensure just and fair sharing of drastic emissions reductions. Limit temperature rise to well below 1.5º C and bring it down to 1º C as fast as possible; Rich industrialized countries to fulfil their existing legally binding commitments and undertake drastic emissions cuts without offsets in line with their fair share of the global carbon budget that takes into account historical per capita emissions; Offsets and other loopholes must be removed; The US must commit to comparable targets, based on its historical responsibility;

Stop false solutions. Stop the implementation and pursuit of false solutions such as carbon trading, market-based approaches to forests, soil and water, large-scale geo-engineering and techno-fixes, nuclear energy, mega hydro dams, agro-fuels, and clean coal;

Ensure adequate and appropriate finance on the basis of countries’  responsibility for climate debt and obligation to make reparations to all affected peoples. Rich, industrialized countries to cover the full costs of enabling peoples of developing countries and other affected communities to deal with the impacts of climate change (including past, present and future losses) as well as the costs of enabling developing countries to shift to equitable, post carbon sustainable systems; Climate finance must not be in the form of debt-creating instruments and should be channelled through a democratic and accountable global fund that is independent of other international financial institutions and upholds the principles of direct access and country-determined, participatory decisions on the use of funds.

Ensure appropriate technology transfers without intellectual property barriers. Developed countries must ensure free sharing of safe, appropriate and ecologically and socially sound technologies; Advance the transformation to equitable, democratic, post-carbon systems.

Take decisive steps towards the profound transformation of the system based on equity, science and the rights of peoples to live well in harmony with and respect for Mother Earth. Transform social and economic structures and technologies and re-orient policies to move away from profit-driven, growth oriented, high-carbon, elite-dominated exploitative systems and instead ensure a just transition to people- driven, equitable, and democratic post carbon sustainable development.

We call on governments to end years of delay and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations.

We urge all movements, peoples’ organizations, civil society groups and all concerned citizens to come together in a Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice!

Signatories as of December 2011

Africa Trade Network
African Water Network (AWN)
Alternatives Asia
Asia/Pacific Network on Food Sovereignty (APNFS) Asia/Pacific Forum on Women Law and Development Asian Reigonal Exchanges for New Alernatives (ARENA) Focus on the Global South
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Ibon Foundation, Inc.
International Campaign on Climate Refugees’ Rights International Forum on Globalization (IFG) International Lawyers.org
Jubilee South – Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development
LDC Watch International
Migrant Forum Asia (MFA)
Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Social Watch International
South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE) South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy Third World Network (TWN)
World Council of Churches

Jubilee Australia AUSTRALIA Council of Canadians, CANADA Polaris Institute CANADA
FERN Belgium
11.11.11 Belgium
Campagna per la Riforma della Banca Mondiale ITALY
Fair Watch ITALY Legambiente Onlus, ITALY
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland (EWNI) Ecologistas En Accion, SPAIN
Solidarity Sweden Latin America, Sweden
Global Justice Now, Swedish Solidarity Network, Sweden
World Development Movement, UK Jubilee Debt Campaign, UK
Jubilee Scotland, UK
Nord-Sud XXI
Friends of the Earth USA
Global Justice Ecology Project Media Program, USA Jubilee USA Network
Sustainable Energy and Economic Network – IPS, USA Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), USA Center for Earth Jurisprudence,  Orlando, Florida, USA Biofuelwatch, USA
Groupe de Recherche et d’Action pour la Promotion de
l’Agriculture et de Développement (GRAPAD)
ADISCO Burundi
Association Pour le Marketing Social au Tchad
Democratic Republic of Congo
Ligue Pour Le Droit De La Congolaise (LDFC)

Organisation de Bienfaisance et de Développement

Eritrean Movement for Democracy and Human Rights

Worldview – The Gambia


Centre du Commerce international pour le Developpement

Guinea Bissau
AFARD Guinea Bissau

Ivory Coast
FNDP of Cóte d’Ivoire


Association Bien Etre Familial & Developpment Durble (ABEFDD)

Association Marocaine pour l’Environnement et la Santé (AMES) Forum Civil Démocratique Marocain
Association Marocaine pour les Nouvelles Technologies de
l’Information et de la Communication (AMTIC)
Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches en Sciences Sociales (CERSS)

Association Nigerienne des Scouts de l Environnement

Centre for 21st century issues (C21st)) Nigeria

Republic of Central Africa
Groupe d’Action de Paix et de Formation pour la Transformation

Union pour la Solidarité et l’Entraide (USE)

Sierra Leone
Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone

Somali Organisation for Community Development Activities

South Africa
Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC) Amandla Magazine
Center for Civil Society, University of Kawazulu Natal, Durban
CJN! Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Democratic Left Front South Africa
Economic Justice Network of the fellowship of Christian Councils
Trust for Community Outreach and Education (TCOE) South Africa
Masizakhe Youth Development Club, Gugulethu, Cape Town
Zwartkops Conservancy, Port Elizabeth


FASE Solidarity and Education – Brazil
Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático
Solon Foundation – Bolivia

ASIA and the Pacific
Sanayee Development Organization
Aid Accountability Group
Bangladesh Krishok Federation
Coastal Livelihood, Ecology and Adaptation Network
Equity and Justice Working Group
HumanityWatch Jatiyo Sramik Jote Nabodhara
Online Knowledge Society
Resource Integration Centre Right to Food Movement Solidarity Workshop
Unnayan Onneshan
Green Zhejiang
Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha Beyond Copenhagen Coalition Himalaya Niti Abhiyan – HNA
Indian Social Action Forum – iNSAF
National Forum of Forest People and Forest Workers
Binkai Indonesia
GEMA ALAM Nusa Tenggara Barat
Insitute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) Indonesia
Konsorsium pendukung Sitem Hutan Kerakyatan
KRuHA Water Coalition Indonesia
Peduli Nanggroe Atjeh
Sawit Watch
Solidaritas Perempuam (SP) Indonesia
WALHI (Friends of the Earth) Indonesia
Energy and Climate Policy Institute (ECPI) Korea
United in Volunteering Association
Consumers Association of Penang
Friends of the Earth Malaysia
Monitoring Sustainability of Globalization
Maldives NGO Federation (MNF)
All Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFA) All Nepal Women Association (ANWA) Campaign for Climate Justice Network Nepal Jagaran Nepal
NGO Federation of Nepal
Right to Food Network Nepal

El Salvador
Friends of the Earth El Salvador
Plate-forme haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement

Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)

Anjaman Mozareen Punjab
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum
Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee

Sri Lanka
Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform
National Fisheries Solidarity Movement of Sri Lanka

Action for Nurturing Children and Environment
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) Aniban ng Manggagawa sa Agrikultura Assalam Bangsamoro People’s Association BITS Policy Center
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) Cebu Alliance for Safe Environment Ecological Society of the Philippines EcoWaste Coalition
Faith-based Congress Against Immoral Debts
Farmers Forum – South Cotabato
Freedom from Debt Coalition and its chapters in Socsargen, Iloilo,
Negros, Cebu and Southern Mindanao
Gitib Inc.
Integrated Rural Development Foundation
Kalayaan Philippines
Kalimudan Culture & Arts – Mindanao
Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KPD) Koalisyon Pabahay ng Pilipinas (KPP)
Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng mga Maralita ng Lunsod (KPML) – National and NCR
Miriam PEACE
Pagkakaisa ng Kababaihan para sa Kalayaan (KAISA KA)
Partido Lakas ng Masa Partido ng Manggagawa Partnership for Clean Air
Peoples Movement on Climate Change
Philippine Network of Rural Development Institutes
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement
Sagip Sierra Madre
Tambuyog Development Center Task Force Food Sovereignty WomanHealth Philippines

Al-Jawf Women Organization for Development Dar Al-Salam Organization (Peace House) Human Rights Information and Training Center
New Zealand
Climate Justice Aotearoa, New Zealand

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[Photo blog] Pay Your Climate Debt, Climate Justice Now!- Life in a box

Pay Your Climate Debt, Climate Justice Now!– Life in a box
by Rommel Yamzon

Climate change impacts are already affecting people and the planet. The biggest impacts will be on the lives and livelihoods of the poor countries.  The culprits are the rich and the developed countries including the United States. Transnational corporations are “exerting undue influence” on the political process in these key nations to delay international action on climate change.

The production and use of fossil fuel is at the heart of the problem –particularly the emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and gas. The World Bank continues its fossil fuel financing binge, evading environmental standards and worsening poverty and pollution.

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Movement on Climate Justice (PMCJ) and Jubilee South-Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD), headed a protest rally on Friday November 25, 2011, demanding the US to make a deep and drastic emissions cuts as a step towards a real climate solution. They also condemned America’s type of bullying to governments of south countries in pushing its agenda to make the World Bank the permanent trustee of the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

See more photos @ rommelyamzon.blogspot.com