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[Press Release] Green Groups Urge the Government to Adopt Two Policy Measures to Protect PH from Becoming a Global Dumpsite

(Groups vow to keep up the pressure against dumping of foreign wastes in PH)

19 September 2019, Quezon City. As the authorities grapple with the repacking of over 5,000 tons of illegal waste cargoes stranded in Misamis Oriental for re-export to South Korea, environmental health and justice groups vow to keep up the pressure to prevent the recurrence of foreign waste dumping via the country’s seaports.

Emboldened by the impending entry into force of the Basel Ban Amendment on December 5, 2019, the EcoWaste Coalition and Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines jointly urged the government to adopt two critical policy measures that will ensure the protection of the country’s people and the environment against the adverse impacts of foreign waste importation often in the guise of recycling.

The Basel Ban Amendment, adopted on September 22, 1995, will soon become an international law after Croatia’s ratification on September 6, 2019. It prohibits the export of hazardous wastes for all reasons, including recycling, from rich countries belonging to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), European Union (EU) and Liechtenstein to developing countries. The Philippines has yet to ratify the said amendment to the Basel Convention

“The advantage of ratifying the Basel Ban Amendment is that it prohibits hazardous waste imports outright if a country has ratified it,” said Greenpeace campaigner Abigail Aguilar. “However, despite its imminent entry into force, the Philippines is still not exempted from receiving toxic waste from developed countries at it has not yet submitted its own instrument of ratification. We may, in fact, be at greater risk of being the world’s dumping ground and destination of choice without this treaty to protect us. The Philippine government should therefore expedite the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment. There should be no cause for delay.”

“As the Basel Ban Amendment is limited only to hazardous waste shipments coming from rich countries, we deem it essential for the Philippines to impose a national ban on waste importation that will cover all wastes, including household and plastic wastes, from all countries,” said Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Ratifying the Basel Ban Amendment and further prohibiting the export of all wastes to the Philippines will be our best legal protection against waste trafficking that has outraged the whole nation with the seizure of thousands of tons of illegal waste consignments from Canada, Hong Kong and South Korea,” she added.

As President Rodrigo Duterte has verbally ordered the ban on foreign waste imports last May 6, both the EcoWaste Coalition and Greenpeace see no justification for further delaying the country’s ratification of the 24-year old Basel Ban Amendment.

The groups also noted that a cost-benefit study commissioned by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has concluded that the Philippines has the capacity to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment based on net positive assessment.

According to international law experts, parties that are waste exporters can keep exporting if they do not ratify the Basel Ban Amendment — but only to countries that have not ratified the amendment.

With the entry into force of the Basel Ban Amendment, Canada now cannot ship hazardous waste to China, Indonesia or Malaysia because they have ratified the amendment.

However, Canada can export hazardous waste to the Philippines, subject to prior informed consent, because neither country has ratified the amendment. Under Article 4.1 (c) of the Basel Convention, Canada cannot export to parties that do not consent.

“Together with our allies in the government, the environmental health and justice movement and the broader civil society, we vow to remain vigilant against global waste trade,” the groups asserted.

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Reference:

http://www.basel.int/Implementation/LegalMatters/BanAmendment/Overview/tabid/1484/Default.aspx

http://basel.int/TheConvention/Overview/TextoftheConvention/tabid/1275/Default.aspx

Joint Press Release from the EcoWaste Coalition and Greenpeace
Media Contacts:
Abigail Aguilar, Greenpeace Southeast Asia-Philippines, 0998-5892551
Aileen Lucero, EcoWaste Coalition, 0917-8369592

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[Petition] Trapped in a Russian jail – Avaaz.org

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Dear friends,

Ana Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia’s biggest global partners. Let’s reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 — sign now by clicking below:

SIGN THE PETITION
Ana Paula is a 31-year old from Brazil who wanted to peacefully protest Russia’s plans to drill the Arctic. Now she, along with her 29 crewmates from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is locked in a Russian jail with no release in sight. But we can throw her and the rest of her crew a lifeline. http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSItwcb&v=30328

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The Greenpeace staff, some in solitary confinement, are now facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth’s most beautiful and fragile places. Many western governments have already spoken out, but now Ana Paula and Greenpeace are asking the Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry.

Together we can call on some of Russia’s strongest trade and political partners — Brazil, India, South Africa and the EU — to call for the release of the Arctic 30. Let’s reach 1 million to free Ana Paula and her friends. Once we hit that mark, Avaaz will project their faces in key public places to keep this story at the top of the news:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSItwcb&v=30328

This is what Ana Paula’s sister said about her: “In many ways, my sister is a typical Brazilian — talkative, friendly, and full of life. But she’s also simply extraordinary, passionate about nature since she was little, and never hesitating to stand up for it even at great personal risk.”

Now Ana Paula and her crewmates could lose 15 years of their lives, all for trying to hang a banner on a Gazprom oil rig, the first of its kind in the Arctic. This is an aggressive backlash against defenders of our environment — stopping oil drilling in the Arctic is about protecting the last great wilderness on earth, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean up.

Greenpeace has hired great lawyers who point out that the 30 were arrested in international waters, making Russia the one violating the international Law of the Sea. But being on the right side of the law may not be enough to regain their freedom, and their dreadful fate may be sealed soon unless the international community lets Russia know that this is a scandal that’s not going to go away.

Avaaz has a particularly powerful voice in many of these countries with huge memberships — 5 million in Brazil alone! If we all weigh in now and build a one million strong petition, Avaazers in Brazil, South Africa, India, and the EU can ramp up the pressure. Sign now to help build 1 million people to help free the Arctic 30:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_the_arctic_30_loc/?bSItwcb&v=30328

These Arctic 30 were brave enough to confront the oil industry in one of the last untouched places on earth. They are being silenced and intimidated by the oil industry for their bravery. Our community has stood strong for campaigners across the world — now let’s free these 30.

With hope and determination,

Jamie, Alex, Emma, Lisa, Ricken, Marie, Julien, Diego and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION

Russia accuses Greenpeace crew of ‘piracy’ in Arctic (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24222392

Dutch sue Russia to recover ‘pirate’ Greenpeace crew (France24)
http://www.france24.com/en/20131004-netherlands-russia-greenpeace-oil-arctic-piracy-justice

What Russia’s Treatment of Greenpeace Activists Reveals About its Arctic Policy (The Atlantic)
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/10/what-russia-s-treatment-of-greenpeace-activists-reveals-about-its-arctic-policy/280352/

Legal analysis by International law professor Prof. Dr. Stefan Kirchner
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/173374193/Comment-on-the-institution-of-arbitration-proceedings-between-the-Kingdom-of-the-Netherlands-and-the-Russian-Federation-concerning-the-case-of-the-shi

Black Ice: Russia’s ongoing oil spill crisis (Report, Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/arctic-impacts/The-dangers-of-Ar…

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[Blog/Appeal] Open letter to Pres Putin -Free the Arctic 30 and members of the Pussy Riot Rock band By Jose Mario De Vega

Free the Arctic 30 and members of the Pussy Riot Rock band

October 13, 2013

Hon. Vladimir Putin
President
Russian Federation

Dear Sir:

I am writing to you as a humanist and as a fellow citizen of the world. I certainly believe that this open letter coming from a lowly lecturer of Philosophy from Southeast Asia will not go unnoticed, because indeed, a noble intention and a humanistic endeavor will always bear fruit!

Mario De Vega

I also vehemently believe Sir that the right thing to do under the circumstance is to directly write to you, because it is only by appealing to your reason that you will unleash your humanity and compassion.

Sir, as an obnoxious and man of truth, I admit that straightforwardly that I am not a great fan of yours. In fact, I am utterly critical of your administration and wary of your regime.

Yet, having said that and despite the fact that I do not have a high regard to your political leadership and bureaucratic machination, let me also state for purposes of the records, personally and formally that with regard to the handling of the Syrian question, you have proven your mettle, sense of purpose and inner worth at the world stage.

Sir, needless to state, the world owes you and your government a lot, because of your political acumen, careful deliberation and diplomatic tact, you and your country has averted the possible eruption of World War III.

On that utterly important universal note, Sir, let me state directly that I thank you and Russia, on behalf of all humanity for all your efforts and contribution in averting a world-wide catastrophe and mass misery on a global scale.

Sir, the main purpose of this letter is not to blow your horns or to inflate your ego, but rather to ask you in a very humble manner the dropping of the dubious and flimsy charges against the Greenpeace activists which are currently in your territory and custody.

The antecedents and facts of this case is not in dispute, nonetheless for your reference and information, please do allow me to quote from the statement of the Greenpeace themselves:

“On September 18, a small group of Greenpeace International activists approached the Gazprom Prirazlomnaya oil platform, in the Pechora Sea off the Russian coast, to engage in a peaceful protest of Arctic oil drilling. Two activists were detained and held overnight on a Russian Coast Guard vessel.

“The following day, September 19, the Russian Coast Guard illegally boarded the Greenpeace International ship Arctic Sunrise while in international waters. All 30 members of the crew were held under armed guard for 5 days as the ship was towed to the port of Murmansk. Upon arrival, the activists were taken from the ship and held by authorities on land.

“On September 26th, 28 of our activists, along with a photographer and videographer who were documenting the action, appeared at a preliminary court hearing in Murmansk, where most of them were remanded in custody for two months, facing investigation for possible piracy. We are demanding the immediate release of all activists, our ship, and an end to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic for good.”

Mr. President, I implored you to show your humanity and sensitivity to the call and wishes of the people of the world; please release those individuals which are now known universally as the ARCTIC 30.

Sir, “the crew of the Arctic Sunrise were protesting at the Prirazalomnaya for purely unselfish reasons. As the ice is retreating, oil companies are moving north to drill for the fuels that are causing the ice to melt. The Arctic 30 were acting out of a deeply held conviction that this is a risky enterprise, when an oil spill would be catastrophic for the entire region. They should not be charged with such a serious crime as piracy for taking peaceful, safe action to protest the dangerous industrialization of the Arctic.

“Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Nobel peace prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel have joined hundreds of thousands of people across the globe calling for the release of the Arctic 30.”

Mr. President, needless to state, I am also writing to you personally to add my voice and show my solidarity to those people in detention at your country.

Sir, in the name of humanity, please released them unconditionally and immediately.

Sir, if I may remind you, during the height of the Syrian crisis, when the imperialistic and militaristic US government are hell vent on militarily intervening on the said country without just cause and again bypassing and disrespecting once again the United Nation Security Council; you did not let the historical moment and the momentous event to unfold without doing anything.

You stood your ground, raise your voice in a diplomatic tone, yet in a very firm manner and make it known all over the world your clear stand and reasonable position on Syria.

Not only that, Sir, you earn my respect and admiration when you personally went beyond what is normal and typical and that is when you yourself wrote an open letter addressed to the American people.

I certainly believe without the slightest element of doubt that that crucial time is your greatest moment at the world stage.

Now, Mr. President, Sir, I humbly beseech you to please exhibit and show again your humanity and statesmanship. Please show your humanitarian consideration and executive compassion to those environmental activists being detain at your jail.

Mr. President, to quote from the letter for you of the Executive of the Greenpeace International, Mr. Kumi Naidoo:

“Their fate is a matter of global concern. Therefore, I would come to you with an offer. I am willing to move my life to Russia for the duration of this affair. I would offer myself as a guarantor for the good conduct of the Greenpeace activists, were they to be released on bail. They, we, Greenpeace, do not believe ourselves to be above the law. We are willing to face the consequences of what we did, as long as those consequences are within a nation’s criminal code as any reasonable person understands that code to be.

“It is clear from your own statements that you do not regard the activists as pirates, although that is the charge levelled against them. You, in common with millions around the world, know that in being accused of piracy they are charged with a crime that did not happen, that our activists are accused of an imaginary offence. Indeed, you have previously said that you have admiration for groups like Greenpeace, and that our protests inspire sympathy in you. Were our friends to be released on bail, I offer myself as security against the promise that the twenty-eight Greenpeace International activists will answer for their peaceful protest according to the criminal code of Russia.

“The law, as we both know, does not apply the offence of piracy to the actions of peaceful protesters. I therefore ask you to use any avenues of action open to you as President of the Russian Federation to request that the excessive charges of piracy against the detainees are dropped, and that any charges brought are consistent with international and Russian law. I also respectfully ask that the two independent freelancers, who are not Greenpeace members, be immediately freed.”

Hence, please release them, Sir! There only fault, if you can call it so is the very fact that they are being truthful and so passionate on their mission of protecting and saving the environment for our future generation, because to paraphrase a time honored saying: We do not inherit this earth from our ancestors; we are merely borrowing it from our children.

Lastly, Sir, besides the Arctic 30 activists, I am also pleading to you personally to pardon and release from prison all the members of the Pussy Riot Rock band!

Sir, if ever they have committed an offense or a crime, it is my firm view that by virtue of the time that they have already spent in jail; it is about time that you show your leniency and compassion to those girls.

Their families had already suffered enough and I believe Sir, the time now is right and ripe for you to free them.

Sir, please do something; lift your finger and grant them their liberty.

The world is watching Sir, please do the right thing! SHOW YOUR COMPASSION FOR HUMANITY!

Respectfully yours,

Jose Mario Dolor De Vega

Philosophy lecturer
College of Arts and Letters
Polytechnic University of the Philippines

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[In the news] President Noynoy Aquino accused of breaking promise to environmental groups | Sun.Star

President Noynoy Aquino accused of breaking promise to environmental groups | Sun.Star.

April 22, 2012

MANILA — Weak enforcement of environmental laws and endorsement of polluting fossil fuels as additional energy source mark the first two years of President Benigno Aquino III, an environmental group said on Sunday.

Greenpeace, which released the statement in time for the Earth Day celebration, said Aquino’s poor performance only showed how he has reneged on previous commitments to advance green goals.

To recall, then Senator Aquino stated that the country must shift to clean energy and technologies in response to the Green Electoral Initiative survey of Greenpeace and toxic watchdog Eco-Waste Coalition.

But for Von Hernandez, executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, the President’s commitments have either remained in the realm of rhetoric, or have been undermined by contradicting policies or actions of the National Government.

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[Blog/from the web] Electric power consumers coalition bares root cause of Mindanao brownouts -www.cityofwaterfalls-iligancity.com

Electric power consumers coalition bares root cause of Mindanao brownouts

By: Dave Tauli
Mindanao Coalition of Power Consumers
April 3, 2012

SENATOR Sergio Osmeña III is barking up the wrong tree, and has the facts wrong on the Mindanao crisis. This is a big problem for Mindanao power consumers because it seems that Sen. Osmeña is expressing the prevailing viewpoint in the President Aquino government. Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Office, for example, has been saying the same things as Sen. Osmeña.

With the P-Noy government having the same perverse perspective as Senator Osmeña, we cannot expect the government to implement the correct solutions that would speedily terminate the blackouts without excessively increasing the power rates in Mindanao.

The Manila Standard headline article (copied below) states:
“Senator Sergio Osmeña III, chairman of the Senate committee on energy, blamed the executives and lawmakers in Mindanao and the environmentalist group Greenpeace for the island’s power woes characterized by crippling eight-hour daily power outages.”

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[People] Subic Coal Plant Getting Permits by Stealth? by Fr. Shay Cullen

Subic Coal Plant Getting Permits by Stealth?

Wherever there is a coal-fired power plant, people get sick and die and the environment is damaged beyond repair. Coal is the dirtiest and most toxic form of power generation.

The people of Zambales, Bataan and Olongapo City vehemently oppose the proposed coal plant to be built on scenic Subic Bay and are asking what dirty coal deals have been made between the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and “The Power Company“, made up of Aboitiz Power Corporation, RP Energy, and the Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation (TCC) and the higher Philippine government officials who have allowed this to go forward?

The toxic fumes of the electricity-generating coal plant will cause many diseases especially among the children and the elderly. Despite the campaign of President Aquino for a transparent, clean nation, environment and good government, a dirty deal from the past administration is still going ahead in the SBMA and will bring shame and hurt to the President.

The three main provisions of the original Memorandum of Understanding set up under the corrupt Arroyo Administration have not been honored or implemented by the proponents of the coal plant. The agreement started out as a joint-partnership agreement between the SBMA, the Aboitiz Power Corporation, RP Energy, and the Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation (TCC), call them “The Power Company”. The government was to have a role as partner to monitor compliance with safety and health standards, but that has been eliminated.

The government is just a lessor of the public land for a measly give-away pittance, no more than US$3.50 a sq meter to be paid over 50 years. This is grossly detrimental to the public interest, it is worth vastly more than that and it smells of a corrupt sweetheart deal. The present SBMA board must rescind it.

The people will get nothing from the profits or the lease but will, in effect, pay for the plant which will damage them and their environment. The rich families will get richer and the poor will get very sick.

Another provision of the Memorandum of Understanding agreement was that “The Company” would assist local communities off-set any damage to the environment and reduce the health risk with “state of the art” technology. But no written commitment as to what would have been signed. Such health problems has been clearly forecast and acknowledged. A third provision agreed upon was that low-cost electricity would be supplied to the local communities and the SBMA. None of these will happen. The plant will sell all its power to the national grid.

As soon as the “The Company” got the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) issued by higher authorities under strange and questionable circumstances, “The Company” failed to sign any binding contract with the SBMA. They failed to show any evidence of meeting the strict ECC standards. Inexplicably, they mysteriously got the final permit first. The SBMA officials issued a Permit to Operate (PTO) before the other necessary permits were issued. The requirements for a PTO apparently were waivered. Besides, all safety and design requirements needed to qualify for a Permit to Operate were allegedly not complied with.

Also the original project application stated that it would be a 300 Megawatt coal plant and now they are trying to get an extension of the ECC to double the project to 600 Megawatt plant. The ECC is only good for a 300 MW, it can’t cover a 600 MW. “The Company” must start again and follow the requirements to qualify for an ECC for a 600 MW. The ECC for a 300MW plant is null and void since they will build a 600 MW plant, a project with double the hazards to health and the environment.

The proponents of the coal plants are trying to push for “Clean coal”, “Green coal, Safe coal”, There is no such thing as clean coal and don’t believe the profit-hungry companies that tell you there is. All over the world, they are into coal plants for the money, big profits and all to be paid for by the tax payers.

Perhaps the government officials behind this coal plant are the saintly exceptions and will never take a single dollar in exchange for a signature. If they are indeed true and honest people of integrity with the best interests of the Filipino people at heart, they will join the protesting people and oppose the project and allow the alternative renewable energy projects to go ahead instead.

(Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times,
in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.)
http://www.preda.org/en/news/fr-shays-articles/subic-coal-plant-getting-permits-by-stealth/

 

[In the news] Groups protest ADB funding for e-tricycles – GMA News

Groups protest ADB funding for e-tricycles
GMA News
January 31, 2012

 Civil society and green groups groups are blocking the way for electric tricycles, saying the $101-million loan funds for the technology were diverted from the more urgent solar generation project.

This was the latest blow to efforts to make the Philippines greener and less dependent on fossil fuels, said environmental groups, who have protested the government’s move to reduce the allocation capacity for renewable energy.

Flawed financing scheme

Greenpeace Southeast Asia and the Freedom From Debt Coalition (FFDC) on Friday hit the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) for diverting the loan without consultation with stakeholders. They also demanded that the Trust Fund Committee of the Washington DC-based Clean Technology Fund to “reject the ADB’s proposal”.

“Subsidies for E-trikes are not needed, especially not for a project like this with a flawed design. Financing for renewable energy and feed-in-tariffs are. The ADB has no business diverting money away from country priorities,” said Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Francis de la Cruz in a statement.

“There have been zero consultations on the fund diversion with the renewable energy industry in the country. This is outrageous,” de la Cruz said.

E-trikes: The bigger picture

The ADB has started to pilot the e-trike project as early as 2010 to solve the nation’s growing transportation demands in a way that is both cost-conscious and environmentally responsible. The project, which was first tried out in Metro Manila, will roll out this year.

According to the ADB, electric vehicles are highly efficient, using up to 75 percent of their energy to power the vehicle versus only 20 percent used in most internal combustion engines. The e-trike produces no noise and zero tailpipe emissions and can be charged at night during off-peak electricity hours.

But green groups were not impressed by the plan. They criticized the eTrikes project of the ADB for the absence of disposal, after-sales services and replacement programs in the project design. The ADB intends to utilize new electric vehicle technologies, particularly lithium ion batteries, in its eTrikes. Greenpeace and FDC said lithium-ion batteries were recalled in the US recently for safety and maintenance issues.

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[In the news] ‘No to coal ash dumping in Balili lot’ – Cebu Daily News

‘No to coal ash dumping in Balili lot’
January 29, 2012

 AN ENVIRONMENTALISTS’ group yesterday reiterated its opposition on coal ash dumping at the Balili beach property in Naga City, south Cebu.

Mark Dia, country representative of Greenpeace Philippines, said coal-ash endangers the environment and the people.
Coal ash is a highly toxic material. That is a given. No one would refute that,” Dia said.

He requested the Cebu provincial government, which owns the Balili beach property, to consider the environment in its aim for development.

“Please think of the environment when you make a decision,” said Dia when asked about his message to the province.
Dia said they are happy that three Greenpeace activists were cleared by court on acusations of unlawfully entering the Balili beach property.

“We are happy. They just bear witness to the environmental crime in dumping coal-ash at the Balili beach,” he said.
He said they will continue opposing the plan of the Capitol to dump coal-ash in the area.

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[Press Release] Activism not a crime – Greenpeace

Activism not a crime
Naga MTC upholds activists’ rights in coal-ash protest case

 Greenpeace today welcomed the decision of the Naga Municipal Trial Court (MTC) to acquit activists charged with trespass during a December 2009 action to document toxic coal ash from the Naga coal-fired power plant that had been dumped in a public area in Barangay Tinaan. Greenpeace carried out the peaceful protest to call attention to the threats posed by coal ash to the health of residents and the environment.

“Activism is not a crime. And we are very glad that the judiciary recognizes this. But we repeat our call to the provincial government to get its act together. Coal ash – a toxic by-product of the coal-firing process from the power plant – was dumped in an area posing a threat to the health and livelihoods of the Barangay Tinaan community. The risks have also increased as more coal ash continues to be produced by the coal plant and threatens other areas in Cebu, and there are still no clear plans for proper disposal.” said Mark Dia, Country Representative of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
Results of tests conducted by Greenpeace in 2005 from ash samples taken from the Naga and Toledo coal-fired power plants in Cebu revealed the insidious presence of mercury, which is a deadly neurotoxin; arsenic, which is a known carcinogen; as well as other hazardous substances such as lead and chromium.[1]

“The provincial authorities wasted time and taxpayers’ money for over two years by trying to criminalize activists who simply exercised freedom of expression, taking action that they themselves should have taken to protect the community” added Amalie Obusan, one of the activists charged in the case.

Greenpeace campaigns for the only long-term solution to this problem – to phase out the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, one of the most polluting energy sources – and to rapidly develop the Philippines’ abundant renewable energy sources. Developing and using renewable energy is the smart choice for the economy and for the climate. Fossil fuel prices are rising and will rise much more steeply once all the social and environmental costs are factored in.

“Coal, as well as other fossil fuels will run out and it is recognised gllobally that we cannot keep pumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere at the current rate for much longer without suffering ever more dangerous climate impacts. Renewable energy never runs out and is clean and sustainable,” added Dia.

Coal-fired power plants have also been identified as the single biggest source of carbon emissions, largely responsible for climate change. The loss of thousands of lives and economic ruin brought about by recent extreme weather events, such as Sendong, Ondoy and Pepeng, are either aggravated by or can arguably be traced to climate change and the havoc it wreaks on the planet. Greenpeace is thus advocating an “Energy Revolution” (ER) – a transformation in the way energy is used, produced and distributed – as a key solution to mitigate climate change. This entails a massive shift to renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Greenpeace has identified a target of 50% RE in the Philippines’ energy mix by 2020 as not only achievable but imperative for avoiding dangerous climate change, for energy security and for sustainable economic growth.

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Press release – January 27, 2012

Note to Editors:

[1] Greenpeace Southeast Asia. Bringing Calamities to Communities. 2005

Contacts:

Mark Dia, Country Representative +63 917 843 0549, +63 2 3321807 loc 111, mark.dia@greenpeace.org

JP Agcaoili, Media Campaigner, +63 917 631 2750, +63 2 3321807 loc 108, jp.agcaoili@greenpeace.org

[In the news] Greenpeace and Google hit back vs. SOPA ‘censorship’ –

Greenpeace and Google hit back vs. SOPA ‘censorship’
GMAnews.com
January 18, 2012

  Environemental watchdog Greenpeace’s Philippine website went dark Wednesday afternoon in protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect-IP Act (PIPA), two pending US bills that the group says threaten to “censor the Internet.”

“If SOPA/PIPA become law, sites like Greenpeace.org could go dark simply because one of our corporate targets files a claim that its intellectual property rights have been violated. No proof required, no court hearing. Don’t let corporate interests censor the Internet,” it said in its darkened site.

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[In the news] Militant students unfurl ‘Oust Corona’ banner at SC grounds – SunStar.com.ph

Militant students unfurl ‘Oust Corona’ banner at SC grounds
SunStar.com.ph
January 18, 2012

  MANILA— The youth impeachment monitoring group #i-monitor and Kabataan Party-list unfurled banners at the Supreme Court grounds on Wednesday calling for the ouster of Chief Justice Renato Corona and the immediate prosecution of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

These banners were placed at College of Arts and Sciences of the University of the Philippines-Manila, which is directly adjacent to the SC main building.

“This is a call to the Chief Justice to wake up from his illusions of massive support. Even the SC’s neighboring academic institution wants him out,” said Terry Ridon, convenor of #i-monitor.

Read full article @ www.sunstar.com.ph

[Statement] ASEAN Summit issues are ASEAN Peoples’ concerns: Uphold, assert and protect ASEAN Peoples’ human rights- PAHRA

ASEAN SUMMIT ISSUES ARE ASEAN PEOPLES’ CONCERNS:
UPHOLD, ASSERT AND PROTECT ASEAN PEOPLES’ HUMAN RIGHTS

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) believes that issues discussed in ASEAN Summits are the concerns of the ASEAN peoples individually and collectively as members of ASEAN.  It is for this reason that civil society organizations coming from the member countries engage ASEAN both on the national and regional levels as issues emerging from the three pillars of ASEAN cannot be insulated, much less severed from human rights concerns. Peoples’ experiences of gross human rights violations in the economic, civil, cultural, political and social arenas in the regional level which are consequent, directly and indirectly, of ASEAN policies must be discussed and resolved on the same level.  It should not to be solely the concern of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).  Human rights are to permeate the framework and workings of the three pillars of ASEAN.

Last November 18, Indonesian and Filipino activists for climate justice wanted to engage the ASEAN Summit so that the ASEAN leaders address resolutely the negative impact of actions taken since the ASEAN Joint Statement on Climate Change to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) up until before the recently concluded Summit.  Seven activists, 3 Indonesians and 4 Filipinos,  have been arrested and detained.

Unfortunately, the Indonesian government, with the acquiescence of the Summit leaders, has chosen to replicate its action against the Climate Justice activists as it did to a Greenpeace campaigner just last October 2011.  Greenpeace intended, after gathering growing evidences and in solidarity with Indonesian environmental activists, to expose the truth about Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), an Indonesian company. APP has been said to be still destroying huge tracts of rainforest and extraordinarily practicing greenwash.  Instead of implementing the avowed ASEAN “transparent manner” (ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on Joint Response to Climate Change, Ha Noi, 9 April 2010), the Indonesian government deported the Greenpeace personnel.

Deforestation has led to health problems and depletion of food sources as in several ASEAN countries.  In many ASEAN members, foreign corporations are given liberal terms of entry and operation that exacerbate deforestation, such as mining in the Philippines, affecting severely peasants’ lives and indigenous peoples’ ancestral lands as well as their full development.

PAHRA strongly calls on ASEAN:

·   to uphold the peoples’ right to information as to the real impact of climate change, such as deforestation;

·   to protect the rights to free expression and to peaceful assembly;

·   to refrain from or to halt arrest, detention, filing of charges and/or deportation of solidarity groups of human rights defenders which peaceably engage ASEAN and its members in the national and regional levels.

Max M. de Mesa
Chairperson
November 21, 2011

[In the web] Greenpeace activist and supporters call for an end to nuclear power

Source: www.daylife.com

 

A Greenpeace volunteer hangs paper birds before a candlelight vigil at the Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani shrine in Quezon City suburban Manila on April 11, 2011. Volunteers hoisted a thousand paper birds to express solidarity with victims of the earthquake, tsunami and the unfolding nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, a month after the deadly quake-tsunami hit the region.

Greenpeace activist and supporters call for an end to nuclear power during a candlelight vigil in Bantayog Ng Mga Bayani shrine in Quezon City suburban Manila on April 11, 2011. Volunteers hoisted a thousand paper birds to express solidarity with victims of the earthquake, tsunami and the unfolding nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, a month after the deadly quake-tsunami hit the region.

AP Photo – Greenpeace activists and other environmentalists light candles amidst hundreds of paper cranes at the Heroes’ Monument in solidarity to the Japanese disaster victims at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines, Monday, April 11, 2011. The protesters are calling for an end to nuclear power around the world.