What's next for PH after climate change summit?
MANILA, Philippines – Rappler talks to world-renowned environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa.
The Ramon Magsaysay Awardee will share his thoughts on what steps the Philippines – the 3rd most vulnerable country in the world – should take after the UN Climate Summit 2014, the biggest gathering of world leaders on climate change.
The summit in New York had a packed agenda, tackling the urgent global consequences of climate change, and the issues developing nations like the Philippines are lobbying for, such as climate finance and technology transfer.
On September 23, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III addressed his counterparts at the summit, citing the needs of the country as it stands on the front lines of climate change. “We have never lacked to resolve... transitioning towards less traditional sources of energy. What we lack is the access to technology, financing investment that will allow us to accelerate our strategy."
Earlier, during the People's Climate March in New York, Filipino activists and domestic workers also made their voices heard called on Aquino to walk the talk on climate change, criticizing his administration for approving more coal plants. "The Philippines is one of the governments that have done good things. They created the Climate Change Commission but this will be undermined by other things they are doing like expanding the dirty energy industry in the Philippines," said Lidy Nacpil of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.
Environmental governance expert Antonio La Vina also said in a piece for Rappler that the Philippines should start addressing climate change issues in its backyard before making demands of other countries.
What should the Philippine government – and the millions of Filipinos whose lives and livelihood are at stake – do post-UN summit?
Watch the interview with Oposa on live on Rappler at 8 pm Friday, September 26. – Rappler.com