MANILA, Nov. 28 (Mabuhay) – In the lead-up to the historic climate summit next week in Paris, thousands turned up on the streets of Metro Manila on Saturday as part of a weekend of action across the globe to demand results from the meeting in France.
A statement from “Climate Justice Pilipinas” on Saturday said some 15,000 advocates representing climate-impacted communities, religious groups, youth, labor unions, anti-coal and renewable energy campaigners, and other concerned citizens stage marches on Metro Manila’s streets to join the global climate march.
The marchers called for “climate justice in behalf of vulnerable nations like the Philippines, and to demand a strong, fair and ambitious global climate agreement ahead of the international UN climate talks that will start on Monday,” the statement said.
They blamed climate change for a spike in the number of destructive typhoons and extreme weather conditions that have devastated the country, it added.
Communities across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are holding a week of actions for climate justice from November 23 to 30, with 20,000 people expected to join, the statement said.
Also, it said that the Philippines has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.
The Global Climate March representing 60 other major marches, plus more than 2,300 events, in over 150 countries on the eve of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), it said.
On the other hand, a report from Agence France-Presse said that Australia, where Melbourne on Friday kicked off the weekend rallies, some 5,000 people gathered in the northeastern city of Brisbane for a march led by Aboriginal and Pacific islander representatives and youth groups.
“We are walking together because we know what it’s like to protect our country,” said Larissa Baldwin, from an indigenous climate youth network.
Pacific islands are particularly at risk from the fallout of climate change, especially rising sea levels.
“These are people that are calling for a just transition to renewable energy,” Baldwin told AFP.
Under heightened security two weeks after France’s worst terror attack, some 150 heads of state and government will launch on Monday a highly anticipated UN conference tasked with inking a post-2020 195-nation climate rescue pact.(MNS)