Today marks the last week of the Climate Walk, we're now on our home stretch to ground-zero in Tacloban.

The walk took a pause from the daily 30-40KM walk and spent the day participating in various local and youth-led activities that were conducted for Catbalogan City's Climate Change Congress which was aimed at garnering greater youth involvement on responding to climate-induced disasters.

On hindsight, the event is an indication of the growing conviction of the many who have been impacted by extreme weather events to rise up to the challenge of a warming climate by building resilience.

However, human-induced climate change is not only a matter that needs to be faced with adaptation, because beyond that it is also a fundamental problem of injustice as recent studies have actually identified the names of the big polluter industries who have benefited from the massive burning of fossil fuels that came at the expense of people, communities and ecosystems who have burned the least and benefited the least from the burning of fossil fuels that causes massive disruption in our climatic systems.

Climate Change Commissioner Yeb Sano leads the pledge of commitment to climate action during the Climate Change Congress in Catbalogan, Samar. Photo by Dee Paje.

Justice demands that those who have been affected be given what is due for their suffering and that those guilty should be made accountable. This is what climate justice is about. This is what makes the Climate Walk persevere towards ground-zero. To remind world leaders that survival is not an option and to challenge them to stop listening to corporate lobbyists of the big polluter industries that go as low as to deny justice by refusing the reality of climate change. 

Thousands of youth pledge their commitment to be climate warriors. Photo by Chuck Baclagon.

Tomorrow, the walk continues and each step is a thrust closer towards meeting justice for our collective survival as a planet.