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Environmental advocates on Wednesday lauded the filing of Rights of Nature Bill (RoN) in the Senate led by Sen. Risa Hontiveros.
Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI) National Coordinator Yolanda Esguerra said the RoN Bill aims "to address the long standing issue of environmental destruction plaguing the nation and mitigate the projected catastrophic impact of climate change in the Philippines."
Las Navas, Northern Samar, Philippines – The Samar Island Partnership for Peace and Development (SIPPAD), a partnership composed of different sectors – church, government, academe, civil society organizations, youth and media in the provinces of Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Western Samar held their 42nd General Assembly on September 13 at Vista de Las Navas resort.
The Philippines may be the next country to grant some sort of legal standing to the non-human world. A coalition in the Philippines including a local arm of the Catholic Church is pushing for a new “right of nature” bill.
If passed, the bill would be similar to other bills in that humans could act as guardians of non-humans and seek legal redress in courts based on rights given to non-humans. Catholic Church leaders have spoken up in support of the new bill, calling for people to live in communion with nature. The bill is still being drafted and hasn’t been submitted to Congress yet but it’s already creating a discussion about the place of nature in law.
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MANILA, Philippines - Church groups were meeting this week in Manila to come up with "concrete ecological actions" that will address what they described as a "climate emergency."
The Sept. 3-5 meeting aims to have a "closer look" at Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', and a pastoral letter issued by the country's Catholic bishops in July that called for "ecological conversion," organizers said.