We the concerned citizens of the Philippines are alarmed of the proliferation of coal projects in the country.
Despite the vast potential of renewable energy in the country which could go as high as more than 200,000 MW based on government data, the existence of relevant laws like the Renewable Energy Law of 2008 and Climate Change Law 2009, we are distressed with the approval of 59 coal plants and 118 coal mining permits, and 15 more coal plants in the pipeline. According to the National Renewable Energy Board, this trajectory will only lead to more coal energy dependence which would lead to an 80-90% of coal energy in the overall power mix – massive reversal in favor to fossil fuel and a betrayal to the intention of Renewable Energy Law, energy self sufficiency and energy transformation in the country.
Coal is not cheap, it comes with a horrifying cost to people, the environment, and the climate. Clean coal is a big lie. Coal kills. Other countries are already phasing out coal like the US and China due to its negative impacts and public clamor. Just recently, Norwegian government have divested from coal investments, the biggest pension fund in the world, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change have supported divesting away from coal.
Our country is at the frontline of the climate crisis and is bearing the brunt. We agree with the many recent scientific studies which argue that 85-90% of coal should no longer be extracted and burned to prevent higher global temperature then 1.5 – 2.0 degrees and avert catastrophic climate change. The recent 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its 5th Assessment Report clearly points the grim projection of potential negative impacts in the world and in our region should global temperature rise. It is inconceivable that the Aquino government still supports further coal dependence in the country.
We would also like to remind the President of his pronouncement to the whole world last September 2014 during the United Nations Assembly on Climate Change, where he said that his administration has the resolved to embark into a clean energy path. But where is it now?
We are running out of time. Change must start now.
We are affixing our signatures in this petition based on the call of 150 organizations and coal-affected communities that gathered in Davao City in August 2014 that called for a transition away from coal and fossil fuel energy, and towards an accessible and affordable renewable energy system in the country.
Let us all walk the climate and renewable energy talk now. [ Read the Davao Conference Declaration]
Renewable Energy for All.
No to new coal projects.
Transition plan to all existing coal plants