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Shift from dirty to clean energy now! — AMRSP, eco groups

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MANILA, Aug. 25, 2015 – As one of its objectives for the environment, various religious congregations of the country along with concerned partner groups have vowed to fight for the transformation of Philippine and global energy systems – with an emphasis on clean and renewable energy – in the spirit of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.

Shift away

In a collective statement, the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP), Caritas Philippines, and climate justice movements nationwide renew the call for a “shift away from dirty energy that is harmful to people, communities, and the environment.”

Meeting at a recent Pope-inspired climate conference, they reiterate that these activities harm the environment, causing global warming and climate change.

READ: Climate crisis also spiritual – religious, eco-groups 

Renewable, clean energy

Collating their various inputs, they promise to push for a “swift and just transition to democratic, public and community renewable and clean energy.”

Moreover, the eco warriors strive to do their part in upholding people’s rights to energy in keeping with their dignity and well-being, and in stopping excessive and wasteful energy consumption, particularly by corporations and elite groups.

READ: Church official hits looming Semirara coal mine reopening 

Stop mining

More specifically, the eco groups advocate the following:

  • End of coal mining in the Philippines, stop the building of new coal power plants, phase out of all existing coal power plants and other dirty energy projects as soon as possible, replacing them with public and community-owned and -managed renewable and clean energy
  • Call for divestment from fossil fuel and other dirty energy industries
  • Stop privatization and promote democratic control and management of energy
  • Repeal EPIRA
  • Stop public subsidies and public loan financing of dirty energy projects
  • Rehabilitate Agos-Pulangui, a hydro power plant in Bukidnon, and other natural and renewable energy generating plants

Partners

Besides AMRSP and Caritas Philippines, the other convenors of the three-day national climate conference held at the Asilo de San Vicente de Paúl from July 29 to 31 were:

  • Philippine chapter of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM)
  • Fellowship of the Care of Creation Association Incorporated (FCCAI), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
  • Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
  • Philippine Misereor Partnership (PMPI)
  • Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
  • Medical Action Group (MAG)
  • FIND
  • Bulig Visayas
  • Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development.

Joining them were social workers, Church volunteers, educators, representatives of different dioceses, religious congregations, and other climate justice advocates. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)


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