One of the activities under the Love, 52 youth and elections campaign, led by youth organizations
The groups are calling on presidential candidates to protect communities and ensure that the country’s next generation will not experience the worst impacts of the climate crisis and to stand for inclusive, transparent and inspired models of governance.
QUEZON CITY, Philippines, 22 April 2022 — Filipino youth on Thursday renewed their call for presidential aspirants to ensure climate justice and climate action is the next administration’s top agenda. The call came in the aftermath of Typhoon Agaton and ahead of Earth Day, as Greenpeace and youth partners delivered ‘love letters’ from Filipinos across the country to 2022 presidential candidates’ headquarters in Metro Manila.
This was one of the activities under the Love, 52 youth and elections campaign, led by youth organizations from various sectors, together with Greenpeace. The groups are calling on presidential candidates to protect communities and ensure that the country’s next generation will not experience the worst impacts of the climate crisis. The groups are also calling on candidates to stand for inclusive, transparent and inspired models of governance that are fully accountable to people, and which protect and strengthen democratic processes and institutions.
“This election poses a gross lack of discourse on the climate crisis — at a time when scientists around the world are standing up for climate justice,” said Love, 52 youth partner Cris Jamil Hertez, from the Better Normal Youth Movement. “Meanwhile, typhoons continue to claim lives, homes, and livelihood. We can’t keep playing catch-up with our climate; our future leaders must listen to the youth.”
“Our generation and future ones have the most to lose if our next leaders still choose to sit idly by,” said Love, 52 youth partner Carmela Adelantar, from the National Society of Parliamentarians, Inc. “They need to hold the world’s biggest polluters accountable for the crisis we’re facing, and come up with coherent plans that will at least help us stay alive beyond the next decade.”
“We no longer have time to wait. The next administration must place climate action as top priority agenda,” said Greenpeace campaigner Joanna Sustento. “The climate crisis is not just about the environment–it’s about food, water, lives, health, and the economy. They also need to ensure that democratic processes and institutions are protected and strengthened.”
Greenpeace believes that there needs to be stronger climate action at home. In particular, the Philippine government must:
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