Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy

Feature story - November 26, 2006
There really is something rousing with the sight of sizeable crowd of people in neon shirts and in bicycles which resembles that of historic marches that have sparked revolutions throughout history.

A banner that reads 'Don't Melt Away Our Future! Full Power For Renewable Energy!' is displayed at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

At least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.

A mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

A mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

A mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

A mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

A mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace’s: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas.

The same could be said with the 'renewable energy revolution' as a mass of people congregated last November 26, at the University of the Philippines, Diliman for Greenpeace's: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy, organized in partnership with the Firefly Brigade and Solar Generation Pilipinas where at least more than 300 runners and more than 100 bikers participated in the activity which is a part of a series of events carried out by the organization to prop up massive support for clean and renewable energy in order to tackle climate change and for the Philippine Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill.   

The world is in the grip of climate change

In the context of environmental policy, the term "climate change" often pertains to the ongoi ng changes in modern climate, brought about by human activities and its dependence on fossil fuels such as: coal which is emits much more carbon per unit of energy than oil, and natural gas for energy. Bringing about disastrous impacts such as extreme weather which includes: typhoons and droughts, sea level rise and biodiversity loss, which would only get worse if our dependence on coal as an energy source continues.

There now a rises an urgent need for the world to embrace solutions such as renewable energy and energy efficiency, and in recognition of that need the concept of a day that would highlight how we can make a difference, by changing where we get our energy from, how much we use, and how wisely we use it.

The Pilipinas Go Renewable! Bike, Run, and Walk for Clean Energy is an approach that would illustrate how for every kilometer we bike, walk or run, each of us reduces our carbon footprint by 2.002 pounds. Thus showing that the less carbon dioxide we release in the atmosphere the greater is our share in addressing climate change.

Fireflies on bikes?   

H.G. Wells once said: "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race."   

The abovementioned quote gives us an apt description of the Firefly Brigade's work as a citizen's volunteer action group which works for clean air and a habitable, people-friendly environment in our cities by means of lobbying the government to adopt sustainable transport policies.

Youth on fire   

Solar Generation is made up of young people from all over the world taking action against climate change and calling for a clean energy future. Solar Generation, initiated by Greenpeace in 2003, is now active in Germany, France and Switzerland, Australia, Japan, China, Thailand, the Philippines, India, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Belgium, and the US.

In the Philippines, Solar Generation Pilipinas joined the province of Negros Occidental in launching Mabuhay 100 percent Renewable Negros which mandates that 100 percent of Negros' energy needs shall be supplied by renewable energy sources.

Recently Solar Generation Pilipinas is helping Greenpeace in pushing for the massive uptake of renewable energy in the country by asking the Philippine government to source at least 10% of the country's energy needs from renewable sources by the year 2010.

Pedal power!

A simultaneous event called: Pilipinas, Go Renewable! "Bike for Clean Energy" was also organized by the Negros chapter of Solar Generation Pilipinas whereupon more than 12- bikers are pedaled their way towards renewable energy in bike for clean energy. Mayor Gamboa of Sarabia, Negros Occidental was also there to support the event.

Wrapping it up   

Looking back, it was a perfect Sunday morning for the Philippines, hundreds of people did their part in reducing their carbon footprint. The awe inspiring image of a mass of people biking and jogging for clean energy landed on the headlines which would hopefully herald the beginning of a raised awareness to the need for a dramatic shift in the country's energy policies towards renewable energy.

It is our hope that the image of the mass of people that resembled that of the climactic scene in the movie adaptation of Alan Moore's V-for Vendetta would push the policy makers in Congress to pass a strong renewable energy bill who are now standing at the crossroads so as to whether they'd join our fight or continue to stand on the sidelines at the expense of our climate.

The solution for climate change is a renewable energy revolution. It will pave the way for cleaner energy and a safe environment for everyone.  The event raised awareness but it's just the beginning, that what we're hoping is for Filipinos to make simple steps solutions to climate change a habit.

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take action!

Tell the Philippine Government you want 10% of our country’s energy to come from renewable sources such as the sun, wind and modern biomass power by 2010. 10 percent by 2010: Kaya natin ito!

Do the Pilipinas, Go Renewable! pledge

In a way, you have already chosen to act just by learning more about climate change and energy issues. Too often, people try to ignore environmental issues, or pretend the problems will go away on their own. Learning about the issues, and being reminded that we can make a difference, is the beginning of all activism. Greenpeace is keeping track of individuals who are embracing climate change solutions.

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