Living Laudato Si’ Philippines commends the visionary move by the provincial government of Albay in declaring a ‘State of Climate Emergency’ on October 24, 2023. This decisive action not only demonstrates Albay’s unwavering commitment but also signifies a groundbreaking pledge to substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The province is steadfastly embracing just transition to low-carbon economy, compelling financial institutions to divest from fossil fuel projects as endorsed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. Albay is proactively addressing the pressing issues of the climate crisis by spearheading efforts in waste reduction, energy conservation, and sustainable transportation, while also advocating for meaningful policy reforms. Atty. Edcel “Grex” Lagman, the governor of Albay vowed to “implement essential climate adaptation and mitigation policies and programs while mobilizing necessary sources for our people’s survival,” no one and nothing is left behind.
Since local government units (LGUs) in the country are progressively recognizing that climate change is an emergency, the declaration of the provincial government of Albay sets a powerful example for other provinces across the nation, making Albay as a true leader in the fight against climate change.
Alongside Albayanos and those who have already declared climate emergency in their respective cities or municipalities, LLS Philippines urges the Philippine government to declare climate emergency on a national level. This form of commitment will strengthen our existing policies in line with the protection of our common home, including the lives of Filipino people.
Now, more than ever, our calls to make rich polluters pay for losses and damages should be intensified and unified in preparation for the upcoming 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) in Dubai. We challenge the leadership of Marcos Jr. to prove that unity is not only a statement but also a bold action in line with the interests of Filipinos, who are one of the most vulnerable against the devastating effects of the climate crisis.
No one should be left behind.
Declare national climate emergency now!