This photo shows an submerged housing area in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, western Japan Monday, July 9, 2018. People prepared for risky search and cleanup efforts in southwestern Japan on Monday, where several days of heavy rainfall had set off flooding and landslides in a widespread area. (Kyodo News via AP)

Community Leaders declare Climate Emergency Communities from Greater Manila Area

“Ten years ago, in the aftermath of Typhoons Pepeng and Ondoy, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) initiated consultations and assembled which led to the creation of the Peoples’ Urgent Demands,” said PMCJ National Coordinator Ian Rivera. “This is a comprehensive list of necessary actions needed by marginalized sectors such as farmers, fisherfolk, women, indigenous peoples, and the urban poor, covering various climate-related issues.”

Groups to DENR: Suspend Coal-Fired Power Plant Operations in Limay, Bataan now

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue a total suspension of the operations of the coal-fired power plants owned by San Miguel Corporation and Petron in Limay, Bataan after several reports revealed the environmental and health violations committed by the said establishments.

Climate Justice Group condemns Department of Energy affinity with Conference of Polluters

While countries in the world are in COP 22 in Morocco debating how not to breach the 1.5 degree C average temperature increase limit for a livable climate, the Philippines’ Department of Energy is playing host to the upcoming Philippine Coal Business and Policy Forum and International Coal Trans this November 16-17, 2016. This has not been the first time the Department of Energy endorsed an event focused on the coal industry. In the year 2014, DoE has actively participated in the Coal Business and Policy Forum.

Climate Justice Group urges World Bank to stop investing in Coal Plants

Not everyone may think that the Philippines is one country that is living in a precarious unavoidable situation due to climate change. The past decade had been a harrowing experience of the country being successively battered by extreme weather events, strong typhoons now beyond the scale of normal, droughts that are becoming extraordinary due to magnitude and prolongation. Many of those victims have still not recovered their normal lives. The loss and damage are extremely unbearable.

Climate Justice Group Welcomes DENR Review on Coal Plants but Bats to Include a More Comprehensive Energy Review

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) welcomes the recent pronouncement of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to conduct a review of all the permits and operations of the existing coal-fired power plants. This came as a reaction to the news quoting Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Regina Paz “Gina” Lopez that the review is necessary to check and assure that the plants pose no danger to the environment. The group believes that if done, it will definitely alleviate the long standing miseries the communities been subjected to like the various social, environmental and health impacts brought about by these dirty and harmful power plants. However, the group warns that the review is not a simple process and hopes that it will not redound to mere lip service.