As women who primarily carry both the privilege and burden of social reproduction and care for the human family and ecology, and participate as well in activities that drive societies and economic production, we express our deep concern at the debates and discussions assessing the last two decades since the first Earth Summit and the solutions being forwarded to address the conditions of crises we are caught in today.

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) commemorated the 40th day of the devastation wrought by typhoon Sendong (International codename: Washi) to various areas in the Mindanao and Visayas.

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Lidy Nacpil, FDC Vice PresidentMANILA, Philippines – The Transitional Committee of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its third meeting this week, in Geneva Switzerland.  Two key concerns raised by civil society observers who were given a chance to take the floor and deliver statements were on the role of the World Bank in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the GCF’s engagement with the private sector.

One of the major decisions of the Cancun meeting of the Conference on Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC last December 2010 was to establish the GCF. Hundreds of billions of dollars in climate finance are needed by developing countries annually to cover the cost of climate adaptation and mitigation programs. The Climate Convention points to the obligation of developed countries to provide this finance because of their historical responsibility for causing the climate crisis. The GCF is the international institutions that will be responsible for the management and disbursement of this climate finance. The Transitional Committee was formed to prepare the proposed design of the GCF, to be approved in the next COP which will be held in Durban, South Africa in December 2011.

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radiationThe tragedy that struck the Japanese people after the unfortunate meltdown of a power plant in Fukushima, following a giant earthquake and tsunami, may have silenced nuclear energy prophets in the Philippines. But, until when? Remember, as Mark and Kimi Cojuangco said, they merely shelved their proposals to revive nuclear power plants in the country.   

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nuclear-explosionMANILA, Philippines – The Freedom from Debt Coalition today asked President Benigno S. Aquino III to drop all options of tapping nuclear power as a solution to the country’s power generation problems.

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