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Tell President Duterte to acknowledge the urgent situation we are facing by declaring a climate emergency.

Climate Strike in Manila. © Basilio H. Sepe / Greenpeace
Youth Climate advocates and various environmental groups call for a climate justice during the protest in Manila, Philippines. The protest is part of the global Climate Strike urging the world leaders to take action in the climate crisis. (File photo from 2019) © Basilio H. Sepe / Greenpeace

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly for the first time. In his speech, he called on all parties to the Paris Agreement to honor their commitments to fight the climate crisis. 

Reacting to the statement, Greenpeace Country Director Lea Guerrero said: 

“Greenpeace is renewing our calls for President Duterte to declare a Climate Emergency [1] as a policy instrument that would ensure that the administration acts on the climate crisis with the much-needed urgency he has called for in his speech.

“We urge President Duterte to issue an executive order to put climate action at the center of all policy decision-making from local to national level. This will ensure the Philippines’ rapid and just transition to a low-carbon pathway through the phaseout of coal and fossil fuel investments.

“Aside from calling on countries to enhance their commitments to the Paris Agreement, the declaration must also be a call for climate justice and hold big polluters–fossil fuel and cement companies–accountable for their role in driving climate change [2] which has placed millions of Filipinos in vulnerable situations with loss of lives, homes and livelihoods.

“Indeed, Filipinos cannot afford to suffer more. President Duterte must use this opportunity to declare a Climate Emergency that will enable a recovery that will transform our economy and society to tackle the climate crisis and promote positive environmental and health outcomes. Doing so will help build resilience against future shocks, and ensure a society that puts the well-being of people and nature first.”

[1] In December 2019, Greenpeace, supported by climate strikers, launched an open letter calling on President Duterte to declare climate emergency. 

[2] The Philippines awaits the Resolution to the landmark climate change and human rights petition filed in 2015, seeking to hold biggest fossil fuel companies accountable for their contribution to the climate crisis. Read more: https://www.greenpeace.org/philippines/press/10089/groups-imminent-conclusion-of-5-year-climate-change-petition-key-to-securing-filipinos-against-future-crises/ 

Media contact: 

Angeli Cantillana
Communications Campaigner, Greenpeace Southeast Asia – Philippines
[email protected] | +63 998 595 9733