Greenpeace unveils photo exhibit on devastation, survival and hope in the midst of climate change

Press release - January 20, 2015
Manila, Philippines – Greenpeace Philippines, together with the Honorable Senator Grace Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, today launched a photo exhibit at the Philippine Senate entitled Pagbangon: Stories of Survival. The 21-piece photo exhibit aims to highlight the devastation caused by climate change, a grim reality that the Philippines now faces.

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“Climate change impacts are increasingly being felt by millions of Filipinos from all demographics. They are now being forced to live and adapt to the onslaught of extreme weather events that continue to hit the country, claiming thousands of lives, damaging infrastructure and hindering our economic growth,” said Climate Change Commissioner Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño. “Beyond resilience, Filipinos must develop a new mindset about the environment, particularly on the worsening of the climate, largely due to our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. We have no recourse but to change the status quo and learn to embrace new ideas and solutions that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, for a more sustainable future to be enjoyed by all Filipinos.”

On display are photos and testimonials of storm survivors from typhoon-ravaged areas of Dolores, Eastern Samar, Tacloban, Leyte and Compostela Valley, Davao. It also features stories of survival and hope complemented by the Filipino’s strength and resiliency, calling for a sustainable future powered by renewable energy.

“In the recent visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, he talked about the challenges of climate change and the need to protect the environment. Let this be a reminder to the public and to our political leaders to preserve and harness the natural resources that the country is blessed with for the present and future generations,” said Amalie Obusan, Country Director of Greenpeace Philippines. 

 

The Pope’s desire to be one with the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, which was the focus of his papal visit in the Philippines, highlights the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change having been battered by super typhoons year on year, killing thousands and displacing millions of Filipino people.

As the country faces the ‘new normal’ that is climate change, Greenpeace also urges world leaders to heed the Pope’s call for a “moral imperative” to ensure social justice and respect for human dignity. 

“The climate injustice brought about by big polluters that are responsible for perpetuating finite and dirty fossil fuels need to stop now to avert calamitous climate change and make way for a transition to sustainable and renewable energy sources, thereby fortifying the resolve and demands of impacted countries and communities for climate justice,” Obusan added.

The Greenpeace photo exhibit Pagbangon: Stories of Survival also features photos taken by the Climate Walk Volunteers and the Office of Civil Defense. The exhibit is a partnership with Greenpeace Philippines, Ateneo School of Government and the Department of National Defense and will be on display from January 20 to 28 at the Session Hall Lobby of the Philippine Senate, GSIS Headquarters Building, Financial Center, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City.

For more information:

Therese Salvador
Media Campaigner
Greenpeace Philippines
Email:    Mobile: 0917-8228734

Sofia Santiago
Media Liason
Office of Senator Grace Poe
Email:
Mobile: 0917-8902700

For photos, contact:

Grace Duran
Regional Images Officer
Greenpeace Southeast Asia
Email:
Mobile: 0917-6345126

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