Alien encounter escalates at ADB Climate meeting

To call on GMA to go to Copenhagen

Feature story - June 17, 2009
“Aliens” have escalated their “contact” today at an ongoing high level dialogue on climate and clean energy at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in central Metro Manila.

Policemen push away "Darth Vader" one of the Greenpeace volunteers dressed up as peaceful aliens from "the galaxy far far away" tried to participate at an on-going high-level dialogue on Climate Change and Clean Energy at the ADB headquarters. With placards saying "Take me to your Leader" and "Don't fail us Now. Stop Climate Change," the environmental activists call the attention of President Macapagal Arroyo to take bold leadership to stop global warming.

Now carrying translated messages which said "Take me to your leader!," the contingent of peaceful aliens which now include more life forms, even some from "a galaxy far, far away," have now asserted their rights as registered participants to attend the international meeting, and meet with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a key speaker in the event.

Similar to yesterday's "first contact," the aliens said that they wanted to determine the actions humans are taking to save their planet from climate change, and confirm if indeed humans are actually set on supporting the fossil fuel coal, the single greatest cause of climate change. Among the aliens were members of the Intergalactic Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

"It's significant that these aliens have chosen the Philippines as their first point of landing, seeing as our country will be among the worst devastated should climate change impacts continue. They are now asking to seek audience with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with the message 'Don't fail us now. Stop Climate Change!" said Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner Amalie Obusan, who helped facilitate the entry of the "interplanetary" delegates.

"Greenpeace supports this call. Bold leadership is needed to stop global warming and all heads of government must work together to protect the people and the planet. Greenpeace is calling on President Arroyo to personally attend the United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen this December 2009. The negotiations that will be concluded will determine the climate of our future and the fate of millions of Filipinos already at risk to climate change.  We hope that President Arroyo does not disappoint us," she added.

The Philippines is among the countries most vulnerable climate change with rising sea levels, more frequent cyclones and other devastating effects.  In 2006 the Philippines was identified as the as world's top climate change victim in 2006 in the international report 'Global Climate Risk Index 2006' due to weather-related disasters, and is listed among the top 10 most vulnerable countries from 1998 to 2007.

Greenpeace has also delivered a letter to President Arroyo, with specific demands to enable developing countries deviate from business as usual and leapfrog into the sustainable low carbon development path toward the energy revolution.

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