CEBU CITY, Philippines – Coal is one of the major sources of greenhouse gas emissions, one of the biggest culprits behind global warming and climate change. (INFOGRAPHIC: The real cost of coal power)
There is a growing trend across countries, both developed and developing, to shift from coal to clean energy sources. The Philippines, however, is deviating from this trend, having approved 29 additional coal-fired power plants, which will be operational by 2020.
In Cebu City, residents of Barangay Sawang Calero were caught off guard when they first heard of plans to build a coal-fired thermal power plant in their neighborhood earlier this year. But they stood their ground. (READ: #ClimateActionPH: How citizens stopped a coal plant from rising in Cebu City)
A concerned citizen led an online fight to stop the project. The city's environmental committee eventually rejected the proposal on April 27 for "failing to secure social acceptability." (READ: Cebu City council junks coal plant project)
How and why did they fight? What is the significance of the campaign to national and international efforts to cut carbon emissions and combat climate change?
MovePH's Voltaire Tupaz tackles the issue with climate action advocates on Rappler Talk on November 28, Monday, at 11 am.
Joining the discussion from Cebu City are anti-coal plant petitioner Sheida Salazar Henry and Climate Reality Project Philippines Manager, Rodne Galicha.