Phl to lead global movement for climate justice

The Philippines will soon lead the charge for climate justice as Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III committed to place the Climate Change Commission (CCC) at the forefront of such.

“We hope to challenge other countries to act with determination and cohesion to reverse this greatest challenge facing the Earth today. We have only one planet. All of us must act decisively today in order to save it,” Dominguez said.

“President Rodrigo Duterte has already led the way. We, in government, must stand firmly behind the President in this fight,” he added.

The Finance chief, who also acts as chairman-designate of the CCC took note of the role every Filipinos will play in battling the climate crisis, thus the need to strive for simple behavioral changes, such as giving up single-use plastics.

Dominguez earlier disclosed an ambitious national determined contribution target with 75 percent reduction and avoidance in greenhouse gas by 2030.

“As I have said on many occasions, I am determined to set the Philippines as an example for all nations in setting the standards for mitigating the impact of climate change. I want us to be a world leader in this area through our ambition,” he said.

“Through citizens’ groups and networks such as the Oceana Philippines, I hope to reach the greatest number of Filipinos with a clear message that climate change is a threat to our livelihoods and our economy,” he added.

In a statement, Oceana Philippines said that it supports CCC in its goal to fight the climate crisis as the country continues to struggle with its plastic waste.

“Plastic is not just a pollution problem, it also exacerbates the climate crisis,” it said.

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