Today, people from various parts of the globe will be holding dozens of actions on the eve of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate talks in Paris to express the ever-growing consensus that a systemic shift through ambitious commitments to collective climate action is the only way to avert a looming global climate catastrophe.

These global people-led actions, including today’s March for Climate Justice Pilipinas and several others happening all over the country, have acquired an even greater importance following the banning of the civil society march in Paris during the climate negotiations. The big march and other related actions organized by civil society aim to ventillate the civil society’s and the global climate justice movements’ counter-narratives and demands to be heard during the Paris climate talks. That people’s massive protests will be severely curtailed in COP 21 means that it will be up to actions outside of Paris and before the start of the Conference to ensure that the alternative voices are not silenced in the name of security and other alibi.

This is all the more important given the critical nature of the coming climate negotiations, which many view as humanity’s last chance to prevent irreversible climate change and where decisions will be taken which could mean the life or death for the planet and humanity.

The polluters and the perpetrators, including the governments and leaders of the developed world, the bankers, heads of giant corporations who represent interests that bear the brunt of responsibility for the climate crisis, continue to deny their culpability. They obstruct just and durable solutions to the global crisis, as their insatiable drive for super-profits and greed continue to fuel the burning of our planet. We are here to expose their lies. For too long they have played deaf to the clamor for accountability. We are here to hold them accountable and force their hands to act, and with urgency--- not only in the name of climate justice, but for our very own survival.

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC), a broad coalition of peoples movements, political blocs and NGOs, called on the Aquino administration to do more than its proposed Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs). As the Chairperson of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, the Philippines must be at the forefront in demanding global targets from developed countries, and not just voluntary INDCs.

The Philippine government just submitted its INDC to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) with the intent to undertake GHG (CO2e) carbon emissions reduction of about 70% by 2030 relative to its BAU scenario of 2000-2030. Reduction of CO2e emissions will come from energy, transport, waste, forestry and industry sectors. The mitigation contribution is conditioned on the extent of financial resources, including technology development & transfer, and capacity building, that will be made available to the Philippines.

Likewise, in signifying to unconditionally cut down 10% of its carbon emmissions but with pledges of 70% conditional mitigation efforts, PNoy should guarantee that the climate finance it is asking for in return for its commitments will not be misused.

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Almost two years after Yolanda , the world’s strongest typhoon to make landfall in recent memory and created the world’s biggest displacement and mass evacuation in 2013----the efforts to recover and rebuild people’s lives  continued to move at a snail pace, and still failing to reach and assist millions of the impoverished and needy victims and survivors—as they  are largely left to fend for themselves, with the promised government resources and assistance, either hardly reaching or largely excluding them.

Almost two years after Yolanda, and the last year of the Aquino administration---a failed and flawed reconstruction program that failed to reach the majority poor and needy and failed to live up to its promise of “building back better” is the cursed legacy that this government will leave behind to the millions of Yolanda survivors who continue to fight for their survival, their human rights and for justice.

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