The climate crisis is a global emergency that is drastically affecting the planet. It’s devastating effects have now rapidly worsened and already cost lives and destruction in every corner of the world. Extreme flooding events, rapid glacier melting, soaring global temperature, and sea level rise are one of the climate crisis’s repercussions that are already felt in every country, especially in the Philippines—tagged as the most vulnerable country to climate change. Almost every aspect of our lives, from our food security, shelter, and social systems are projected to be at risk if the global temperature continues to rise.
We, Youth For Climate Hope and other allied organizations in Negros Occidental stand unwavering along with other countries striking for #GlobalDayOfAction. We demand accountability from corporations that continue to poison our skies, seas, and soil. We demand our government to take the climate crisis seriously, and condemn the decision of sending officials that do not represent our interests. We demand that the world leaders in this year’s COP 26 make the decisions necessary for our planet’s survival— to make sure that in the just transition to net zero, no country, no individual is left behind.
The youth of Negros has always been clear with their stand— that the island remains to be fossil-free, safe for environmental defenders, and should be utilizing renewable energy as soon as possible. Solid with our ground, we stand with love and hope in our hearts and minds towards a sustainable, and dignified future.