The Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines strongly condemns the terror-tagging and intimidation of our land and environmental defenders in Calaca, Batangas. We call for the immediate release of #Calaca6.
We demand from the Duterte administration to focus on addressing serious gaps in their COVID-19 pandemic response and working towards a greener and better normal, instead of prioritizing militaristic responses such as the Anti-Terror Act of 2020.
As climate activists, we must call to #JunkTerrorBillNow! The Philippines is already known to be the most dangerous country in the world for environment defenders, the Anti-Terrorism Bill will only make it easier to encroach upon the rights of our environment defenders and anyone who shows dissent against the government.
The environmental struggle cannot be separated from the different struggles happening today. There can be no climate or environmental justice without social justice. Let us continue to stand united in the face of the challenges of our times and reclaim our democratic spaces so we can all take part in building a system that puts people over profit and defends our environment defenders; a society where climate justice is the new normal.
Workers are the foundation of the future national industries of the Philippines, they, along with the youth, are at the forefront of the battle for our future; we must continue struggling together for climate and social justice.
Today, we raise our voices to appeal for rational actions to avoid even more disastrous effects of climate change by changing our current profit-driven economic system to a more sustainable one that caters the needs of the people and the environment.