Climate change advocates on Saturday called for bold measures to arrest global warming ahead of the United Nations climate convention.
“The youth are ready. We will not wait for our turn in involving ourselves and taking the lead in the issue of climate justice. The problem of dirty and harmful energy and the crisis of climate is a problem which cuts across generations and countries,” said Arvin Buenaagua of group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan.
Members of various groups marched on Saturday to call on world leaders to enact a bold and meaningful agreement that will protect people and communities.
“We are not 196 countries facing climate change. We are one people, collectively calling on world leaders to keep temperatures from rising past the two-degree Celsius mark. We march because we do not want to live in fear of the next storm, nor the time when rising oceans will swallow up our lands. We march because we know that our collective call can convince COP-21’s leaders to do the right things,” Joel Palma, President and CEO of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines), said.
“The time for responsible climate action has long been overdue. We are one with the people in calling on government leaders to avert climate catastrophe and make the fossil fuel industry liable for the injustices being wrought by their pollution activities. We hope Paris will not let us down,” Anna Abad, Climate Justice Campaigner of Greenpeace Southeast Asia.
“We are marching in the Philippines because it is about our survival. Thousands of Filipinos have lost their lives because of climate change…We are marching because it takes the power of collective action to dismantle the power of corporations, to compel politicians to do the right thing or step aside, to pursue our vision for a better world,” said Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development Coordinator Lidy Nacpil.