Environmentalism’s next frontier is giving nature legal rights, a paradigm shift in especially in our country where our laws are centered on the human being, not on the environment. However, there is a growing movement around the world today which is seeking to expand the rights to demand protection for nature – rivers, trees, and ecosystems – through laws that would provide them rights.
Mindanao bishops have joined the initiative for the government to hold mining firms accountable for the environmental and social impacts of the industry.
Bishops Cerilo Casicas of Marbel and Jose Colin Bagaforo of Kidapawan said that mining-affected communities never had an effective way to hold mining firms accountable.
MANILA, Philippines – Mining-affected communities and Mindanao bishops vowed to demand for accountability from mining companies amid a global climate crisis.
In a conference organized by the Philippine Misereor Partnership Incorporated (PMPI) on October 9, groups from all over the Philippines converged and promised to “continue to dialogue, listen and to stand in solidarity with Mother Nature and against any form of destructive mining.
LOOK: Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros files Senate Bill 1097, or the Rights of Nature Bill seeking to recognize natural ecosystems, populations, and processes as legal entities uniquely entitled to certain inherent and inalienable rights. She was joined by advocates from the Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc (PMPI). Wednesday, October 2, 2019.