“Embassy Caravan” in Philippines Demand World Bank Out of Climate Funds
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and JSAPMDD conducted an "Embassy Caravan" on October 13 demanding that the World Bank not be allowed to manage the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
Before riding in a convoy of seven jeepneys, the rallyists were first blessed by Running Priest Fr. Robert Reyes inside the compound of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The caravan then proceeded to the US embassy before heading to the three other embassies located in Makati City.
Around 150 demonstrators stopped and held a program at the at the embassies of Mexico, Norway and South Africa as the three countries are the co-chairs of the Transitional Committee of the UNFCCC tasked to design the Green Climate Fund (GCF). A letter expressing the group's opposition to any role of the World Bank in the GCF was given to the three offices.
During the main program, the climate justice activists parodied the popular computer game 'Angy Birds' which involves green pigs stealing the eggs of the birds. In the protest action, the green pigs represent the IFIs, the stolen eggs symbolize the five crucial factors that would address the climate crisis – adaptation, mitigation, technology transfer, capacity-building and finance. The angry birds represent the peoples of the global South who are demanding that the World Bank not have any role in climate finance.
The protestors said that the World Bank cannot be trusted with climate finance not only because of its notorious track record of financing projects harmful to the environment but also because it makes countries more indebted and buries them deeper into poverty.