Philippines joins the mass rally of activists to boost world movement against coal

Press release - June 29, 2013
Davao City— On the eve of the global day of action against coal, Filipinos showed their opposition to dirty energy in a series of protest rallies, adding their voices to the growing movement across the world that seeks to end the age of coal to save the world’s climate.

More than 60 events are being organized in 12 countries*, some of which are key coal battlegrounds. The Philippines saw community action today in Davao City where belonging to No To Coal Davao and Greenpeace, marched along historic Freedom Park, with a giant banner saying “End the Age of Coal”.

“Filipinos deserve to live in a coal-free environment. We want to be free from worries and fears that dirty fossil fuels like coal bring,” said Beau Baconguis, Program Manager for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “The Philippines is already bearing the brunt of climate change impacts. It is simply illogical and immoral to pump more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, which will only bring more destruction to the nation and will jeopardize the health and security of the country.”

All over the world, communities, business groups, and civil society are standing up and taking bold steps to pressure their governments to switch from coal to clean, sustainable, renewable energy.

 

Greenpeace says the aggressive development of coal-fired power plants in the country is almost criminal and contradicts the spirit of the Renewable Energy Law and other environmental laws that seek to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

The share of renewable energy in the total power generation continues to dwindle as the share for coal steadily increases year on year. In fact, there are 26 coal-fired power plant project proposals in the offing, 14 of which are already committed and 12 are indicative. “If all are constructed and become operational, it will surely edge out renewable energy technologies altogether, and lock us to dirty energy in the next three to four decades,” Baconguis stressed.

Anti- coal communities organized different activities to protest against dirty energy and to make way for a new age powered by clean, renewable energy. Cebu saw a flotilla of boats protesting near the KEPCO coal plant in Naga City, while in Zamboanga, an End the Age of Coal forum was held at the Western Mindanao State University. More mass public actions are set to take place in Bataan, Zambales, and Sarangani on June 29, the official global day of coal action.

“We will not allow the government's short sighted vision bind us into a dirty energy future, which we are already paying a heavy price tag for its impacts,” said Dr. Jean Lindo of No To Coal Davao. “It’s time to take action and end the discussion: let’s end the age of coal!”

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Notes to the editor:

http://www.endtheageofcoal.org

Participants to the global day action against coal: BATAAN Nuclear-Free Bataan Movement, Coal-Free Mariveles Movement, Kilusan Bataan PALAWAN Palawan Alliance for Clean Energy ZAMBALES Defend Zambales, Free Central Luzon CEBU Freedom from Debt Coalition, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice, Sanlakas, Philippine Earth Justice Center,Cebu Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Environment, Youth for Rights DAVAO No to Coal Davao SARANGANI Parish Social Action Catholic Youth Ministry, Notre Dame of Maasim Incorporated, Maasim People’s Coalition on Climate Change, Sta. Cruz Parishioners ZAMBOANGA Ateneo de Zamboanga, Western Mindanao State University AKBAYAN GREENPEACE SOUTHEAST ASIA

For more information, please contact:

Beau Baconguis, Program Manager, , +639178715257

Therese Salvador, Media Campaigner, , +63917-8228734

*The 67+ anti-coal events happening in 12 countries: Turkey, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Romania, South Africa, Australia, India, Burma, Indonesia, Philippines and USA

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