Greenpeace statement on the promulgation of the Writ of Kalikasan

Press release - April 15, 2010
The Supreme Court yesterday promulgated the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases which includes the writ of kalikasan.

Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Francis dela Cruz said:

"Greenpeace welcomes the issuance by the Supreme Court of the Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases and the writ of kalikasan as a mechanism for redress of public grievances against environmental transgressions.

"The new rules strengthen the role of the courts as arbiters of environmental justice and sends positive signals to the environmental movement to continue their vigilance in stopping and preventing environmental offenses.

"As an important affirmation of our constitutional right to enjoy a healthy environment, the writ of kalikasan clarifies the justiciability of cases pertaining to actions by individuals or corporations that are detrimental to environmental and public health and well-being.

"The writ of kalikasan comes at a most opportune time when there is a heightened level of environmental awareness among communities, perhaps due to our experiences of devastating climate change impacts. Greenpeace looks forward to the prospect of communities and public interest groups being able to bring their concerns to the courts and getting low-cost and timely measures to protect the environment."

Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organization that acts to change attitudes and behavior, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace.

Other contacts: For more information: Francis dela Cruz, Campaigner, +63 917 854 2103, Lea Guerrero, Regional Communications Manager, +63 908 885 1140,