Understanding Climate Emergency

Climate Emergency is a declaration of the principle of climate justice, securing a sustainable future for the coming generations. It is a declaration that requires immediate action, not just words on paper or document. When a town or city declares ‘climate emergency’, the next day all business related to mining, logging, or reclamation project must end; continue transforming our lives for a greener future- stop contributing waste recycle and re-use instead, participate in growing more trees not cutting them, care more for people and the planet. It is environmental action truly lived as a result of declaration.

Institutions are now declaring ‘climate emergency’, but are failing to defend nature, declaration only in words. Declaration means to be bold and not afraid to denounce environmental criminals, not be paralyzed to take the words to heart that we need to defend the planet.

We have seen the climate actions inspired by Greta Thunberg, campaigning on her own and rippled into a global and phenomenal mobilizations. And yet, let this mobilization not be fizzled-out just like the many emerging social movements that almost toppled oppressive state-structures but run-dry and ended-up un-sustained. Let her inspiration embolden more our declaration.

But how can we make this ‘climate emergency declaration’ be understood in the communities, and be fully embraced by an ordinary person?

Causes why we have the Climate Emergency:

Lack of the sense for the common good. Nature or the environment is a common good, so are the natural resources. Common good, does not mean ownership nor having the right/s to abuse the natural resources, but rather, having a  responsibility to nurture and ensure sustainability. We have allowed the limitless ownership and destruction of our natural resources—for political, business and development reasons. Sacrificing in the end, our common ownership. Persons, communities and nature incorporate the global society, the need to ensure climate and universal justice for them constitute a common concern. Care for our common home, as Pope Francis rightly calls.

Lack of the sense of social justice. Any government systems fail, if social justice is not prioritized. Social justice takes the form of governance and the grounded vision it provides, and also it can take form of economy and the cycle it can bring, especially the poor. With the assurance of social justice, the level

Lack of the sense of the future. Sustainable future is a right of every human being. The immensity of the damages done to our environment creates a clear sign of ‘no future’ for our people and planet. The amount of waste we are producing and dumping daily; the destruction and loss of our forests; the pollution of our atmosphere (including the oceans and rivers); and the elimination of plant and animal species—all these reflect a bleak future for all of us. Sadly, governments allow companies and businesses to destroy our environment—in the form of development aggression.

Lack of the sense of accountability. Imposing accountability structures thru policies will caution and ultimately discourage  greed-driven enterprises. The effects of extractive industries are already measurable, and yet we still allow them to destroy our ridges and reefs. We have read news and stories of deaths and destruction in mining sites, areas affected by development aggression, the massive fires in the Amazon region and Indonesia and yet our governments still allow corporation to operate and continue destroying our forests.

We can address Climate Emergency by:

Sourcing and Eating healthy food products.

Encouraging and supporting local agriculture enterprise (healthy food security).

Developing a sustainable food-future, by limiting the development or conversion of agricultural areas  from business enterprises.

Supporting local organic farmers and cooperatives. Not-patronizing commercially-driven enterprises using fertilizers and GMOs on food products.

Providing clean water to communities.

Claiming the Rights of Nature to secure a sustainable planet.

Ending destructive development aggression in both local and national areas (Mining, Reclamation Projects, Quarrying, Logging).

Living a fossil-free future towards a consistent transition to renewable energy (Break-free from Fossil fuel).

Imposing consistently the ban on plastic use (homes, offices and communities).

Managing an integrated pro-nature waste segregation (pollution-free).

Creating a local-based biodiversity plan from ridge to reef (inventory, protection and criminalization).

Imposing strict pollution-control compliance (transport, institutions, business and industries).

Demanding climate justice; as well as extracting just compensation from environmental violators causing deaths on persons and damages on nature.

Investing in ethical business enterprises and banks.

Divesting from non-ethical corporate business investments.

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Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR

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November 17 - November 23
  • 17

    All day
    November 17, 2019

    SOLEMNITY OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD
    *Blessing of the La Salud Chapel and Enthronement of the Image of the N. S. de la Salud (@SNTP, Quezon City)

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras

  • 18

    All day
    November 18, 2019

    IV INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF EDUCAR
    November 18-22, 2019 / Rio de Janiero, Brazil

    USJ-R: CLASSES BEGIN (SECOND SEMESTER) CST-R: CAREER WEEK FOR GRADE 12
    November 18-22, 2019

    EZMBOYZ CLUSTER GATHERING
    November 18-20, 2019 / Tabuelan, Cebu

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR

  • 19

    All day
    November 19, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND AND JAPAN
    November 19-26, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR

  • 20

    10:06 AM-10:07 AM
    November 20, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND
    November 20-23, 2019

    DAY 1: ROME-BANGKOK

    12:30
    Arrival at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok
    Official Welcome at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    SPA (VALENCIA) HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
    November 20-23, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino

     

  • 21

    All day
    November 21, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 2: BANGKOK
    Welcome Ceremony in the Government House courtyard
    Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House
    Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Hall of the Government House
    Visit to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple
    Meeting with the medical staff of St. Louis Hospital
    Private visit to infirm and disabled people at St. Louis Hospital Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Private visit to His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at Amphorn Royal Palace
    Holy Mass in the National Stadium

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Santos Serato (2003-2019)

  • 22

    All day
    November 22, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 3: BANGKOK
    Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in St Peter’s Parish

    Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and FABC at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine

    Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a hall close to the Shrine

    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

    Meeting with the Leaders of the Christian denominations and Other Religions at Chulalongkorn University

    Holy Mass with Young People in the Cathedral of the Assumption

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica
    Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

  • 23

    All day
    November 23, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND – JAPAN DAY 4 (1): BANGKOK – TOKYO

    Farewell Ceremony at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    9:30
    Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    1740
    Welcome Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Aitport
    Meeting with the Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature

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