The Open Letter
The COVID-19 pandemic demands swift and unprecedented action from national governments and the international community.
Choices being made right now will shape our society for years, if not decades to come.
As decision-makers take steps to ensure immediate relief and long-term recovery, it is imperative that they consider the interrelated crises of wealth inequality, racism, and ecological decline – notably the climate crisis, which were in place long before COVID-19, and now risk being intensified.
This is a time to be decisive in saving lives, and bold in charting a path to a genuinely healthier and more equitable future through a Just Recovery.
We, the undersigned organisations, call for a global response to COVID-19 to contribute to a just recovery. Responses at every level must uphold these five principles:
1. Put people’s health first, no exceptions.
Resource health services everywhere; ensure access for all.
2. Provide economic relief directly to the people.
Focus on people and workers – particularly those marginalised in existing systems – our short-term needs and long-term conditions.
3. Help workers and communities, not corporate executives.
Assistance directed at specific industries must be channeled to communities and workers, not shareholders or corporate executives, and never to corporations that don’t commit to tackling the climate crisis.
4. Create resilience for future crises.
We must create millions of decent jobs that will help power a just recovery and transition for workers and communities to the zero-carbon future we need.
5. Build solidarity and community across borders – don’t empower authoritarians.
We call on all people to leave their homes, walk out from their schools and take a break from their workplaces to join the Global Climate Strike on September 20th.
Why join the Global Climate Strike?
There is a “Climate Emergency” and we need to act now. Climate scientists said we are almost at a tipping point. The global surface temperature is heating up to a degree that is life threatening to all life forms. It will be difficult to undo the fate of our planet if global carbon emissions hit above 1.5 °C. Thus, even our environmental advocacies cannot be on “just-the-same” and “business as usual” mode. We need to step-up and do more than a hundred fold.
We, from the Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI), a network of civil society organizations, rights groups, peace and faith-based institutions joins other Climate Strikers to demand from government leaders and big businesses, locally and all over the world, to act with urgency and address the enormous ecological crisis we face today.
In a climate emergency context, all peoples and nations should act altogether to avert the catastrophic fate of the earth. Individuals, families and communities should do their share to minimize activities causing the atmosphere to heat-up. However, greater responsibility and accountability should be demanded from those most responsible for global warming - the big corporations and rich countries whose maniacal drive to use fossil fuels, propping-up methane emitting large agribusiness and transport systems for the sake of development, cause the atmosphere to heat-up.
Humankind have done enough harm and injustice not only to its kind, but to the whole congregation of living creatures in the ecosystem. Corporations and governments that hold money and power have caused rapid deterioration of our ecosystems and depletion of resources, without much regard to the other life thriving in these ecosystems. They emit pollutants to the air, bore through the mountains, clear the forests, and drill into the seas in search of “resources”, to produce commodities and products for the convenience of humankind, but which ultimately, failed to deliver the promised better quality of life for people in the world.
Majority of the world’s population remains poor! They are the most vulnerable and at the receiving end of climate change’s most brutal impact. Thus, justice demands that they are given just compensations and enough support to help them withstand the shock of the impact and bounce back to a life that is at least decent.
True, the climate change impact won’t discriminate in terms of color, race, age or boundaries and calling it an emergency or disaster as scientist say is an understatement. The fate of our mother earth is in our hands, and we owe it to our future generations that they can inherit a livable planet. We need to act steadfastly because there is no Planet B to talk about.
In time for the feast of the saint of the poor and the vulnerable creatures, Saint Francis, and the closing of the Season of Creation, faithfuls took their pets yesterday, October 3, to the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City to be blessed by Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., D.D.
Calls to protect the environment and the biodiversity were also worn both by the pets and their caretakers for the event.
Here are some photos, if you have missed the wonderful celebration.
Do you have pets you wish to be blessed, in time for the Feast of Saint Francis?
Join us tomorrow and celebrate the love of the Saint of the poor and vulnerable creatures.
See you tomorrow at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, along the Q.C. Elliptical Road (between the exits to North and Quezon Avenues). The entrance is across the Tropical Gardens of QC Memorial Circle.
See you there!
1. Park gates will open at 7am. Program starts at 7:30am to be followed by a holy mass with blessing of pets and plants at 8am. The mass will be presided by Most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr., D.D.
2. If you have a vehicle, parking and entrance is at the North gate. Parking rates apply. Another entrance is located in Quezon Avenue side. Download location map here.
3. Once you get in, please find your way to the Amphitheater. Park admission is free (just for the day).
4. Animal rights organizations will be participating such as Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Compassion and Responsibility for Animals (CARA) Welfare Philippines and Philippine Animal Rescue Team (PART). PAWS will distribute materials on spay-neuter. Speakers from CARA and PART will talk about animal welfare, responsible pet parenting and compassion for animals.
5. Radio Veritas will set-up their KAPANALIG Booth and Selling of Souvenirs. Hope they will cover our event too.
6. We will be giving away special pet freebies sponsored by Pet One, Inc. and Pet Express.
7. If you will bring your pet/s, please give us a call at 709-4227. We need to submit a list to the park management for clearance purposes. Please bring your pet's leash for safety and legal papers.
8. For media photo ops/gimmick group of pets will be wearing signs/banner with our main call/demands. Some suggestions: Your Home is Our Home, Act Now for Climate Justice, Protect Life, Protect Biodiversity.
Kate - GCCM