Rainbow Warrior arrives in Iloilo

Expresses solidarity with Iloilo communities opposing coal and demanding

Feature story - June 7, 2008
Greenpeace today challenged the Arroyo government to heed recent UN warnings and support the Iloilo people’s demand to Quit Coal and commit to a cleaner, safer, future powered by renewable energy. The call was made as the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior docked in Iloilo City for the latest leg of her "Quit Coal – Save the Climate" tour of the Philippines, after sailing using wind power all the way from Manila.

Mike Fincken, captain of Greenpeace flagship SV Rainbow Warrior, and crew arrive at Iloilo port in the Philippines June 7, 2008. The Rainbow Warrior is campaigning in Asia to stop expansion of coal power plants, which contribute to climate change.

Gov. Sally Perez, governor of Antique province in Philippines, poses on deck of Greenpeace flagship SV Rainbow, which arrived at Iloilo port in the Philippines June 7, 2008. Gov Perez is pushing for western Visayas region to become a model of renewable energy development in the country. The Rainbow Warrior is campaigning in Asia to stop expansion of coal power plants, which contribute to climate change.

Gov. Sally Perez, governor of Antique province in Philippines, poses on deck of Greenpeace flagship SV Rainbow, which arrived at Iloilo port in the Philippines June 7, 2008. Gov Perez is pushing for western Visayas region to become a model of renewable energy development in the country. The Rainbow Warrior is campaigning in Asia to stop expansion of coal power plants, which contribute to climate change.

"The Rainbow Warrior arrives in Iloilo City with a message of hope.  Our  ship has been campaigning for the Philippine government to 'Quit Coal'  since it arrived in the country last May 20.  So far we have gathered  significant support from Albay province, congress representatives and  senators in the call to phase out coal to stop climate change.  We  intend to intensify this call in Iloilo City which is home to some of

the country's most active pro-renewable energy groups.  We are  optimistic that the community movement in this city will help strengthen  similar campaigns to end coal dependence in other parts of the country,"  said Rainbow Warrior skipper Mike Fincken.

Greenpeace has been working with Iloilo-based groups, such as RISE  (Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy) and the Catholic church  Social Action Center, to block the construction of the 165MW coal-fired  power plant slated to be built soon within Iloilo City.  Last April,  Greenpeace helped delay the issuance of the project's Environmental

Compliance Certificate (ECC) when Greenpeace activists protested at the  Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  However, the President  and the Department of Energy, whose secretary, Angelo Reyes, is also the  chair of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, are aggressively  pushing for the climate-harmful coal power project.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) from coal-fired power plants is the main driver of  climate change, representing a major portion of the world's greenhouse  gas emissions.  Globally, coal accounts for 72% of carbon dioxide  emissions from the power sector.  In the Philippines eight coal fired  power plants, with a total capacity of 4,177 MW, or about 26.1% of the

country's installed capacity, currently account for as much as 36% of  the emissions from the energy sector.  However, nine more coal-fired  plants are up for construction or expansion, despite the fact that the  government recognizes the Philippines as among the countries most  vulnerable to climate change.

As part of the activities in Iloilo, Greenpeace set up a Climate  Defenders Camp at the Jaro Cathedral grounds in time for World  Environment day  yesterday.  The camp is meant to be a hub for public  awareness campaigns about climate change and its dangerous impacts, and  solutions such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.  It is open to  the public and will run until 17 June 2008.

The Rainbow Warrior is in the Philippines to spearhead the Greenpeace  "Quit Coal Tour" in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The tour aims to  promote an energy revolution to stop climate change, which includes  phasing out the use of climate-damaging coal and a massive uptake of  renewable energy.

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