The ever increasing and ever intensifying storms that have wreaked havoc on the Philippines in the past decade are clear indications that the world has changed, and living with the spectre of extreme weather events has become a new normal for many people.
Communities are starting to make the connection between extreme weather and climate justice.
As one voice the Philippines would like to sound the alarm for urgent climate action by gathering in various parts of the Philippines with our message that our survival is non-negotiable.
WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE
Our hope is that the Paris summit will send a signal that the age of fossil fuels is coming to an end. We already know that we can’t count on our politicians to send this signal alone: they’re still too much in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry to do everything we need. The most we can hope for out of the new climate treaty is clear targets, real money, and a strong framework to carry action forward.
But the treaty is only half the battle. The Paris moment will be defined not by what happens in the negotiating halls, but in the streets of Paris and around the world. Politicians aren’t the only ones with power. If enough people agree that it’s time for the world to move in a new direction, and push together, the world will begin to move.
This is our moment. The opportunity is before us. Together, as a global movement, we can make Paris about people and power, not polluters and politicians. This is also your moment.
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