Today, people from various parts of the globe will be holding dozens of actions on the eve of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate talks in Paris to express the ever-growing consensus that a systemic shift through ambitious commitments to collective climate action is the only way to avert a looming global climate catastrophe.
These global people-led actions, including today’s March for Climate Justice Pilipinas and several others happening all over the country, have acquired an even greater importance following the banning of the civil society march in Paris during the climate negotiations. The big march and other related actions organized by civil society aim to ventillate the civil society’s and the global climate justice movements’ counter-narratives and demands to be heard during the Paris climate talks. That people’s massive protests will be severely curtailed in COP 21 means that it will be up to actions outside of Paris and before the start of the Conference to ensure that the alternative voices are not silenced in the name of security and other alibi.
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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), a broad coalition of peoples movements, political blocs and NGOs, called on the Aquino administration to do more than its proposed Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs). As the Chairperson of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, the Philippines must be at the forefront in demanding global targets from developed countries, and not just voluntary INDCs.
The Philippine government just submitted its INDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) with the intent to undertake GHG (CO2e) carbon emissions reduction of about 70% by 2030 relative to its BAU scenario of 2000-2030. Reduction of CO2e emissions will come from energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry sectors. The mitigation contribution is conditioned on the extent of financial resources, including technology development & transfer, and capacity building, that will be made available to the Philippines.
Almost two years after Yolanda , the world’s strongest typhoon to make landfall in recent memory and created the world’s biggest displacement and mass evacuation in 2013----the efforts to recover and rebuild people’s lives continued to move at a snail pace, and still failing to reach and assist millions of the impoverished and needy victims and survivors—as they are largely left to fend for themselves, with the promised government resources and assistance, either hardly reaching or largely excluding them.
Almost two years after Yolanda, and the last year of the Aquino administration---a failed and flawed reconstruction program that failed to reach the majority poor and needy and failed to live up to its promise of “building back better” is the cursed legacy that this government will leave behind to the millions of Yolanda survivors who continue to fight for their survival, their human rights and for justice.
Freedom from Debt Coalition
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines is a nationwide multi-sectoral, non-sectarian and pluralist coalition conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development.