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CBCP joins the call for a climate emergency to be declared

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), which represents social issues, has endorsed the demand that the government declares a climate emergency.

They urge the government to take action to address the effects of climate change, according to Fr. Antonio Labiao, executive secretary of Caritas Philippines.

“We are calling for a swift transition to a low-carbon economy, the protection of natural habitats and ecosystems, and the adoption of just, pro-people, and sustainable economic development practices across all sectors,” Labiao said in a statement on Thursday in conjunction with the commemoration of Earth Day on April 22.

The Catholic priest continued, “We invite everyone to join us in calling out our leaders and raising our voices for the dignity of our common home and for our future generations.”

The CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health Care (ECHE) and the CBCP-Office on Women, the Council of the Laity of the Philippines, social action hubs of dioceses and vicariates, Caritas offices, and Catholic schools also supported the appeal.

On Thursday, a number of climate activists marched to the Mendiola Peace Arch to urge President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to issue a climate emergency proclamation.

The groups argued that there is an urgent need to address the ongoing climate catastrophe because the effects of climate change are becoming more and more obvious through extreme weather, sea level rise, and the loss of biodiversity.

According to Yolanda Esguerra, a member of the Rights of Nature (RoN) PH Steering Committee, “We are declaring that we are now in a state of climate emergency and we commit to doing sustained and bold actions to help slow down environmental deterioration, with sustained regenerative actions to restore ecological balance.”

Additionally, the organizations urged the government to “take the lead in fulfilling its mandate to protect the well-being of both nature and people, by ensuring that a clear and comprehensive plan containing strategic and urgent actions are put in place to address climate change impacts.”

Every citizen ought to act. Globally, climate change is turning into an existential problem. Pope Francis urges a change in lifestyle toward the environment. Our top priority should be taking immediate action to address the climate emergency, according to John Din of the Columban Missionaries and National Coordinator of the Laudato Si Movement.

Initiating the Citizen’s Declaration of Climate Emergency, a year-long campaign to mobilize Filipinos in addressing the climate crisis, the RoN PH collaborated with other civil society organizations. The campaign highlighted the accountability and responsibility of government leaders and duty-bearers to address the crisis while also doing their part to protect the environment.

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