Protesters demand “Climate Justice’ for those who have done least to cause the climate crisis but most impacted and least able to deal with its consequences

Actions held in more than 125 cities and towns across Asia to ‘Sound the Alarm on the Climate Emergency’

PRESS RELEASE
January 18, 2021

Protesters demand “Climate Justice’ for those who have done least to cause the climate crisis but most impacted and least able to deal with its consequences

Rallies were held in more than 125 cities and towns in seven Asian countries last Friday, January 15, to give voice to ordinary people’s demands to governments and corporations to address the climate crisis urgently.

Video compilation of protest actions

“This decade is our last chance to prevent run-away climate catastrophe and stabilize global temperature rise to the safest level still possible – below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The actions and decisions that policymakers will take within this decade will define the future of the people and the planet, said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), which organized the rallies. 

Nacpil said the rallies, held in the streets and some held online, marked the efforts of Asian peoples movements to remind governments of the climate emergency and the urgent need to do their fair shares in bold, ambitious climate actions.

Sound-the-Alarm rallies were held in 100 cities in 19 states in India, including nine all-women rallies in three cities and a rally in Kullu in the Himalayas. Rallies and online actions were also held in Lahore and Karachi in Pakistan; 14 cities and provinces in the Philippines; 7 cities and provinces in Indonesia; Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Tokyo, Japan.

Actions held in more than 125 cities and towns across Asia to ‘Sound the Alarm on the Climate Emergency’

“These citizens' actions last January 15 – at the start of 2021, and a new decade –  launched our Sound the Alarm campaign. We will keep raising our demands throughout 2021,” said Nacpil.

“We also timed the kick-off to happen in the days leading to the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. The United States has the biggest share of accumulated GHG emissions in the atmosphere and its emissions continue to increase.  We call on President Biden to go beyond recommitting the United States to the Paris Agreement. We urge him to deliver on a concrete and ambitious plan to fulfill the United States’ full fair-share of climate action,” said Nacpil. 

Added Nacpil: “Climate fairshare of the United States does not only include domestic action to reach zero emissions way before 2050. In  view of its huge historical contribution to climate change, it has an obligation to provide climate finance to enable climate actions in countries of the Global South. The United States is one of our key targets in our Sound the Alarm campaign.”