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4 Nov 2021

Gaea Katreena Cabico, Philstar.com

Philippines: Young activists ask world leaders to take concrete action on climate change

"Young Filipino activists want world leaders to not just listen, but also act vs climate change", 3 November 2021


Young people ... are the least responsible for human-induced climate change, yet they are the most vulnerable to its impacts. Climate change threatens the survival of the young people in the global south—lower income nations facing the brunt of a warming planet—with strong typhoons, floods and extreme heat adversely affecting their communities. Even though they are the most affected, they are the least represented...

The Philippines sent a 19-person delegation to Glasgow to fight for the nation’s interests in the summit, billed as the world’s last chance to avoid catastrophic global warming. The team was dominated by finance and foreign affairs departments.

The delegation has been criticized for the absence of officials from the Climate Change Commission, civil society groups and youth climate activists... Finance chief Carlos Dominguez, who serves as the government’s chief negotiator, said at least six members of the delegation are below 30 years old. He added three members of the team are in their early 30s...

On the first day of COP26, ... young climate activists submitted a global youth statement to COP26 president Alok Sharma and the UN climate change agency. The document lists down their top policy demands, which include need for effective climate plans, real representation at COP, policies that promote transition to renewable energy sources and for rich nation deliver on their decade-old climate finance pledge...

Like Thunberg, Filipino climate activists are also tired of “blah, blah, blah.” They want world leaders to match rhetoric with action... They will continue to demand world leaders to slash emissions and rich nations to provide compensation for the damages they caused. Once they return home, they will carry on with conducting climate education and reaching out to impacted communities to help them build resilience...