Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), convened in 2019, is an alliance of youth organizations, individuals, and student councils that advocates for immediate global climate action led by the youth. We believe the youth should now lead the ongoing global struggle against climate crisis for the survival of our planet. YACAP is the counterpart of Fridays for Future in the Philippines.
Points of Unity:
- Climate Justice
We recognize that the ongoing climate crisis, if not averted, will lead to global catastrophe and must be urgently addressed. It is therefore imperative to demand justice from corporations and governments whose accountability stems from their willful ignorance of the climate crisis and their continued use of environment-damaging chemicals and carbon emissions.
- Urgency of Climate Action
Based on scientific data, the world is trying to survive a deadline. The ticking time bomb that is the climate crisis must be defused as soon as possible. The alliance recognizes the urgency of climate action and espouses within its ranks the need for informing and organizing the youth to lead the global action against the climate crisis.
- Defend our Environmental Defenders
Environmental defenders around the world constantly suffer from human rights violations. In 2018, the Philippines was declared the most dangerous country for environment defenders because of the number of killings. Our call for climate justice must include justice for those in the front lines of environmental defense.
- Youth-led Collective Action
As a youth alliance, we aim to unite the broadest sector of the youth. The youth, after all, will inherit the world, but a dead planet was not what we had in mind. We must collectively sound the alarm and demand justice for the Earth. In our collective action, the Filipino youth stands united in the inter-generational, multi-sectoral struggle for the survival of our species.
- System Change
We recognize that the wasteful profit-oriented global system is the main factor in the ongoing climate crisis. Since its birth, coal-powered industries have constantly heated up the atmosphere leading to disastrous changes in the climate. With maximum profit as the goal, the reigning system encourages corporations and governments to plunder the environment and generate massive amounts of waste. To prevent further degradation, there must be a system-wide scale of change and action.