CCC Joins Youth’s Call for Climate Justice on Global Climate Action Day

September 28, 2020 Monday

The Youth Strike 4 Climate Philippines visited and met with Secretary Emmanuel M. De Guzman of the Climate Change Commission last September 18, 2019 and presented their National Youth Demands in preparation for the 2019 Global Climate Strike. The visit was part of the CCC's commitment to actively collaborate with the youth in addressing the climate crisis.

MANILA, 28 September 2020
— The Climate Change Commission (CCC) joins our young Filipino climate advocates in calling for urgent and bolder actions towards climate justice in observance of the Global Day of Climate Action on September 25.

The Global Day of Climate Action is a worldwide youth-led movement for climate awareness and justice conducted at the time that the United Nations’ General Assembly also takes place. This year’s assembly is virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Philippines, Filipino youth organizations focused on the theme “Para Sa Klimabukasan,” staging innovative climate strikes and movements online. This year’s mobilization recognized the youth who stood by the environment and vulnerable and marginalized communities, as well as honored fallen medical and environmental frontliners who courageously fought COVID-19 and the climate crisis.

The climate body supported the Filipino youth’s call for urgent and decisive climate action from all nations, especially those who are historically responsible to the climate crisis, in order to uphold climate justice, implement environmental and natural resource conservation policies, support the ambition to create a circular economy in cities and communities, and promote youth participation in policymaking processes.

The Commission expressed that it remains committed to advancing climate action and sustaining the fight for the 1.5 warming threshold by ensuring that these will be incorporated in the development of policies and implementation of plans to uphold the country’s best interests in the context of climate justice.

Moreover, the agency encourages national and local leaders, academe, private sector, and civil society to continue empowering the youth in all aspects of climate action by supporting their initiatives, hearing their voices, and working with them towards a more sustainable and resilient future for all.