On the eve of the global day of action against coal last week, Filipinos showed their opposition to dirty energy in a series of protest rallies, adding their voices to the growing movement across the world that seeks to end the age of coal to save the world’s climate.
More than 60 events are being organized in 12 countries, some of which are key coal battlegrounds. The Philippines saw community action today in Davao City where protestors belonging to No To Coal Davao and Greenpeace, marched along historic Freedom Park, with a giant banner saying “End the Age of Coal”.
“Filipinos deserve to live in a coal-free environment. We want to be free from worries and fears that dirty fossil fuels like coal bring,” said Beau Baconguis, Program Manager for Greenpeace Southeast Asia. “The Philippines is already bearing the brunt of climate change impacts. It is simply illogical and immoral to pump more carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, which will only bring more destruction to the nation and will jeopardize the health and security of the country.”
All over the world, communities, business groups, and civil society are standing up and taking bold steps to pressure their governments to switch from coal or fossil fuel burning power plants to clean, sustainable, renewable energy.