IBON International supports the Climate Walk led by Philippine climate change envoy Naderev Saño as they embark on a 40-day journey to pay homage to communities impacted by the climate crisis in the Philippines and all over the world, and to demand climate justice.
The Climate Walk started from “Kilometer Zero” at the Rizal Park (Luneta) in Manila on October 1 and is expected to arrive on November 8 at the “Ground Zero” of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Tacloban City after traveling nearly 1,000 kilometers.
One year after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan affecting nearly 10 million people across 36 provinces and claiming almost 20,000 lives, the Philippine government remains negligent in bringing relief and rehabilitation to the vast number of communities affected. Despite the pouring of foreign and local cash donations amounting to nearly PHP 122 million (some USD 2.8 million) and the PHP 100 billion (some USD 2.3 billion) assistance allocated by the Philippine Congress, only a small percentage of this has been used for the survivors. Many people remain living in bunk houses and tent cities with no sustainable livelihood.
IBON International reiterates its call for all governments to uphold genuine sustainable development for the people, especially those most susceptible to climate change impacts. Advanced capitalist countries such as the U.S. and E.U. must put a stop to fossil fuel industries and plunder of natural resources rendering the people already mired in poverty even more vulnerable.
Developed countries must take the lead in cutting emissions and provide finance and technology to developing countries suffering from the worsening impacts of climate change further intensified by the destruction of economies brought about by neoliberal globalization.
We demand all countries to push for a new genuine Peoples’ Climate Protocol grounded in climate justice, human rights, and social equity in 2015.
We uphold mass actions by the people, such as the ongoing Climate Walk in the Philippines, as a significant contribution to amplify global calls for a meaningful international response to the challenges of climate change.
We salute the people organizing themselves for resilience and justice.
We call on everyone to continue the legacy of the 400,000 strong Peoples’ Climate March and join the growing movement for climate justice. ###