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GROUPS MARCHED TO MENDIOLA CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS AND COAL MINING

GROUPS MARCHED TO MENDIOLA

CALL FOR MORATORIUM ON COAL-FIRED POWER PLANTS AND COAL MINING

 

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 Dressed in black shirts climate justice activists led by Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ), marched to Mendiola (near Malacanang Palace) today and calls for President Aquino to immediately impose a moratorium on building new coal-fired power plants and coal mining operations.

 Lidy Nacpil lead convener of PMCJ said “Today the global communities under the Reclaim Power banner are also in the street calling for all governments to stop using coal as a source of energy for their country. This activity is only one of the scheduled actions in the observance of the Global Month of Action Against Dirty and Harmful Energy, and the Philippines through PMCJ and allies are actively participating in almost all of the said activities.”

Right at this very moment 14 more sites across the country are having the same and simultaneous actions like this one and they are at Masinloc, Subic, Semirara Is., Caluya Is., Puerto Pricesa, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Naga City, Pagadian City, Davao City and General Santos City.

“Presently we have 15 existing coal-fired power plants, 17 are already on the pipelines and 20 more are being proposed. Add to that the investments Pnoy recently got when he visited Korea which accounted for more than 3 coal-fired power plants. We also Have a total of 60 coal operating permits plus a number of coal areas for offered by the government for coal mining. “Said Gerry Arances PMCJ's National Coordinator.

“This nationally coordinated mass action is our response to this governments continued addiction to coal, and also our contribution to the global struggle against the coal industry. We want to show to Pnoy that the Filipinos are one with the global community in renouncing continued use of coal and if he really consider us as boss as he always flaunted then he still have 3 more years to prove it”. Arances added.

According to PMCJ they strongly resist coal use for the following reasons;

  • It is not true that coal is not cheap. It comes with a horrifying huge cost to people and environment.
  • There is no such thing as clean coal. Coal kills.
  • Coal does not mean energy for all it only serves the interests of big corporations.
  • The government continued support of the coal industry through its policies and direct endorsements is a betrayal of the Philippine government’s commitment to shift to renewable energy systems and contribute to the global effort to address the climate crisis.

“We therefore call on the Philippine government to immediately implement a moratorium on all new coal-fired power plants and coal mining, pending a national review of energy options with civil society, scientific community and affected community”. Arances concluded.