Various stakeholders hold Climate Justice and Human Rights Legal Forum
on November 12 at AIM
As its contribution to one of the issues related to Climate Change, the Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma Foundation on November 12 gathered around 200 stakeholders at AIM for a forum to discuss Climate Justice. The Forum had resource persons who are considered experts in their respective fields: Senator Loren Legarda who is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change; outgoing Commissioner of the Climate Change Commission, Secretary Lucille Sering; Chairman Chito Gascon of the Commission on Human Rights; Atty. Jennifer Tauli Corpuz of the Tebtebba Foundation and Mr. Bonar Laureto of the Philippine Business for the Environment.
Senator Legarda emphasized that “climate change is not just an environmental issue; it is an all-encompassing threat to our basic human rights. The phenomenon of climate change is so complex and overreaching in its impacts that we should now begin calling it the climate crisis.”
In her speech, Sen. Legarda encourages government leaders and the public to work together towards building a sustainable and resilient community. She also enumerated some actions that can help address the impact of climate crisis including reforms on extractive and consumptive practices, stronger implementation of environmental policies, and risk-sensitive land use plans.
The panelists, on the other hand, echoed various incidents that should be addressed so that the public should not be further put at risk. They were one in saying that the demand for payment for damages and/or reparations should be considered a priority.
The Justice Cecilia Muñoz Palma Foundation through its Executive Director, Emily Palma said “that natural disasters that come with climate change often endanger people’s livelihood, security, and dignity. Hence, as a contribution in mainstreaming climate justice as a development agenda, we thought of putting this opportunity to hear the sides of stakeholders including the voice from indigenous peoples.”
The Legal Forum was made possible through the assistance and generosity of government institutions like the Climate Change Commission, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office; Landbank and the Office of the Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte as well as private companies like the Metrobank Foundation; Phinma Property Holdings Corporation; Aquabest; GMA News Online; One Meralco Foundation; Humabi; and the Custom Made Crafts Center.