Global Climate Strike-Philippines, Sept 2019
Climate change is a consequence of the unnatural warming of the surface of our planet since the start of industrialization. Filipinos know first-hand the destructive impacts of climate change... This is a planet-wide emergency.
Climate Justice Now!
Climate change is a consequence of the unnatural warming of the surface of our planet since the start of industrialization. The warming is being caused by the dominant energy and economic systems that are resulting in excessive concentrations of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. This warming is causing the destabilization of the earth's climate systems.
Filipinos know first-hand the destructive impacts of climate change – super-typhoons, rising sea levels, unprecedented droughts, scarcity of freshwater. We have experienced tens of thousands of deaths, and lost homes, livelihoods, agricultural lands.
This is a planet-wide emergency. According to scientists, in order to stop the increase of the earth's temperature at the safest level still possible – below 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – the rich industrialized countries have to reach near zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2030 and all other countries by 2050.
The hope lies in citizens actions. We must mobilize urgently to compel governments and corporations to act with the scale and speed immediately needed to stop their massive pollution of the atmosphere with their greenhouse gas emissions and the damage they are causing to the environment and the earth's natural carbon sinks.
- Stop the expansion of coal of fossil fuel energy and make a swift and just transition to clean and renewable energy systems for people and communities.
- Stop the destruction of the environment and natural capacity of the planet to absorb greenhouse gas emissions; undertake massive ecological restoration.
- Address poverty, inequalities and marginalization that increase vulnerability and risks of people and communities to climate change impacts.
- Empower and build resilience and capacity of communities and families to deal with the consequences of climate change.
- Respect the human rights of environment and climate justice advocates.
- Mobilize the finance necessary for the above; Governments of rich, industrialized countries, in particular, should deliver on their obligations to provide climate finance.