Climate & Environment
Some six thousand farmers*, including Lumads, from North Cotabato and their families marched to the Cotabato provincial high-way last week and staged a rally to ask the government for sacks of rice and emergency funds that should already have been released after the province was declared to be in a state of calamity as a result of slow and prolonged drought.
As member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), the United Nations’ specialised aviation agency, gather in Utrecht to discuss ways to ‘offset’ emissions from the airline industry, 79 environmental NGOs from five continents, including Focus on the Global South, are demanding that it adopts a serious plan to reduce emissions.
The UP Asian Center, in collaboration with NGOs and civil society organizations, will hold a public conversation, “Capitalism v. Climate: System Change, Yes, But How Do We Proceed?,” featuring as lead speaker, Dr. Manuel ‘Butch’ Montes of the South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. It will be held on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., 2/F, Seminar Room, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The event is free and open to the public; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Overview of Dr. Montes' Talk
Statement of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice
Photos by Joseph Purugganan
Close to 120 years ago, at the end of the Spanish-American war, through the Treaty of Paris, the Philippines was sold to the Americans for a few thousand dollars despite the Filipino revolutionary movement gaining ground against the colonizers.