Tag: Climate Justice
COP27 and the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in the Philippines’ are taking place this November. Philippine CSOs call on the Philippine government to seriously address the interconnected chronic economic and environmental crises magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. They push for adoption of the priority recommendations on sustainable use of the environment and the right to development including the passing of urgent legislation such as the People’s Green New Deal.
“Sec. Dominguez takes pride in the Sustainable Finance Roadmap and even declares concern about the marginalized sectors vulnerability in climate and ecological disasters. But the construction of large destructive dams and the continuance of chemical-intensive farming through GMOs defeats the purpose of climate action,” she further added.
“We need decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe”. This is United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ message to world leaders in a preparatory roundtable discussion for the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP26). In the 76th UN General Debate on October 6, 2021, leaders from different Pacific nations echoed his call and warned that setbacks in fighting the triple planetary crisis will jeopardize the world as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
While the government ensures the adoption of sustainable consumption and production (SCP, through SDG 12) and climate action (SDG 13) to preserve our finite natural resources and combat environmental destruction, it seems to be untrue to its goals: destructive mining operations proliferate, lands are being converted for commercial use, the agricultural sector is dominated by agribusiness and agrochemical corporations, and pollution seems to be endless. These aggravate the health and life hazards brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.