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10 Human Rights Issues ng 2014 –No. 9 Kalikasan at karapatang pantao

10 Human Rights Issues ng 2014 –No. 9 Kalikasan at karapatang pantao

hugatree-photo-by-pmpi

“man’s environment, the natural and the man-made, are essential to his well-being and to the enjoyment of basic human rights–even the right to life itself.” UN

Bilang pagpapatuloy ng ating Mokong year-ender wrap up mula sa nakaraang post na https://mokongperspektib.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/10-human-rights-issues-ng-2014-no-10-climate-justice-campaign-yolanda-rehabilitation-etc/ , pumunta naman tayo sa ika-9 na pwesto para sa pinaka-tinangkilik na kampanya ng mga mambabasa ng HRonlinePH.com para sa taong 2014, ang “#HUGATREE ON EARTH DAY 2014” ng Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI).

Screengrab from KAISA UP Diliman FB page

Screengrab from KAISA UP Diliman FB page

“The idea is very simple. Supporters of the cause will just post online a picture of themselves hugging a tree. They could post it on Facebook, on their own blog, on Twitter, or wherever so long as it can be seen by the public online. To generate bandwagon effect and to monitor the success of the campaign, we will use the hashtag #HUGaTree.

It is optional for the poster to explain why he/she is participating in the campaign, why he/she chose a particular location or tree, or anything that could add hype to the campaign. It is highly encouraged that the members of our network explicitly connect their explanation to mining, sustainable agriculture or climate change.

April 20-22: Uploading of individual pictures in support of the campaign”

Ang pag-hits ng mga posts tungkol sa envi at HR ay manipestasyon nga kaya na sa “subconscious” ng mga mambabasa ay umiiral ang matinding pagpapahalaga sa kalikasan? Ito ba ay dinudulot lamang ng sunod-sunod na environmental disaster na dinadanas sa ating bansa? Kung ano paman, ang mahalaga ay naiuugnay na ang kalikasan at karapatang pantao.

Kung anupaman ang mahalaga ay wala namang nahigad sa mga nag-#HugATree. Wala nga ba?

Ang mga organisasyon at indibidwal na katulad ng PMPI ay nilalahukan na ng human rights based approach ang isyung pang-kalikasan.

Naalala ko tuloy ang ilang eksena sa “Lord of the Rings” na kung saan ay nagsikilos ang mga puno upang makipagdigma. Pati sa pelikula at online games, nandiyan nga rin ang plants vs. zombies.

Edel Garingan winner of 4th HR Pinduteros Choice Awards for HR Blogsite. Photo by Take back The Tech

Edel Garingan winner of 4th HR Pinduteros Choice Awards for HR Blogsite. Photo by Take back The Tech

Hit na hit nga ang envi-envi at hr nitong 2014 dahil sa katunayan ay tinanghal nga ding 4th HR Pinduteros Choice for HR Blogsite ay pag-aari ng isang environmental advocate, ang “Life according Edel o kuyaedel.wordpress.com” ni Edel Garingan.

Kapag hinalungkat mo nga ang site ni Edel ay makakabasa ka ng mga artikulo hinggil sa environment, human rights at climate change.

At pumangalawa naman sa most visited 10 HR Events ang may kaugnayan din sa kalikasan, ang “ GREEN REVOLT AGAINST GREED-SAVE MANILA SEEDLING BANK” ng Agaw Trip Komiks atbp. Dito naman ay ang kumbinasyon ng pagkundina sa pagkaganib sa kapital na dahilan upang palayasin ang “seedling bank” ayon nga sa kanilang post;

green-revolt-against-greed“Needless to say, what the gardeners of Manila Seedling Bank have done to us for the past 36 years is not only business or trade but service. The service they offer is by using their skill and knowledge by being stewards of nature–developing and defending her for the greater good of humanity.
However, nature’s stewards have been attacked by a bunch of greedy people who worship nothing but money. Ayala Land plans to spend P15 billion of its money to destroy nature and build moneymaking megastructures that would only cause unnecessary traffic, torrid heat, congestion, and flooding in North EDSA. And to add insult to injury, Mayor Herbert Bautista’s hired demolition men and cops looted the plants and merchandisers like hungry predators on the loose.”

Abangan ang marami pang susunod na post ng mga hit na isyung may kaugnayan sa kalikasan at karapatang pantao bilang bahagi ng ating mala-year-ender na posts, ngunit sa ika-walong puwesto, ay ang tungkol sa isang Political Prisoner na si Cocoy Tulawie ang susunod…

Ayon nga sa United Nations, “The experts recognized that respect for human rights is broadly accepted as a precondition for sustainable development, that environmental protection constitutes a precondition for the effective enjoyment of human rights protection, and that human rights and the environment are interdependent and interrelated.”

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10 Human Rights Issues ng 2014 –No. 10 Climate Justice Campaign, Yolanda, Rehabilitation etc.

10 Human Rights Issues ng 2014 –No. 10 Climate Justice Campaign, Yolanda, Rehabilitation etc.

Makikiuso lang ang inyong mokong na lingkod sa paglalabas ng mala-year-ender post. Sinubukan kong i-wrap-up ang mga kaganapan ng buong taon. Isang #Throwback series ng mga isyu ng nagdaang taon batay sa hits na tinanggap mula sa mga mambabasa ng HRonlinePH.com.

Nitong nakaraang ika-1 ng Disyembre ay pinarangalan ang mga pinakatinangkilik na kampanya na inilathala sa HRonlinePH.com sa pamamagitan ika-apat na “Human Rights Pinduteros Choice Awards” na ginanap sa Conspiracy Bar and Garden Café sa Quezon City.

Bagamat pinutakti ng napakaraming isyu ang 2014, ang ating pagtutuunan ng pansin ay ang 10 lamang na ang batayan ay ang hits na nakuha sa HRonlinePH.com stats ng wordpress. At tumatalakay sa human rights.

No.10- Climate Justice Campaign, Yolanda, Rehabilitation etc.

Hindi nakamove-on ang isang ito na nuong 2013 pa ay sing-init na ng bulkang Mayon na parang anumang oras ay puputok. Hustisya sa Klima-karapatang pantao.

teaser-light-up-copyNiyanig ang ating bansa ni Yolanda, kaya naman maging ang lahat ng isyu ay dumulo sa huling buwan ng 2013 sa panawagan para sa hustisya at tulong para sa laksa-laksang nabiktima.

Ang mga kasapi ng Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Amnesty International-Pilipinas (AI-Ph) at Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) at iba pang mga grupo ay naglunsad ng kampanya’t panawagan para sa Human Rights day 2013 na “ON HUMAN RIGHTS DAY, LIGHT UP 4 YOLANDA VICTIMS, LIGHT UP 4 RIGHTS.” Sa katunayan ay No. 10 ito sa ranking para sa kategoryang “HR Events” ng 4th HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.

Sino sa mga pinduteros ang makakalimot sa maramdaming presentasyon ni Philippine Climate Change representative Yeb Sano nuong November 2013 sa UN climate meeting sa Warsaw, Poland. Ang hindi napigilang pagluha ni Yeb ay bunsod ng pananalanta ng bagyong Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) dito sa ating bansa.

Parang bagyo ring rumagasa ang suporta sa panawagan ng maraming advocates na dapat ngang mabilisang umakto ang mga Gobyerno lalo na yaong mga malalaking Bansa sa ngalan ng hustisya sa klima.

westandwithyouKumalat ang kulay pulang bilog na may teksto sa gitna na- “We stand with you.” Ang ekspresyon ng pakikiisa sa adbokasiya at panawagan lalo na ng bansang Pilipinas.

Sa Pilipinas, pinangunahan ang kampaniya ng grupong PMCJ. No.10 ito sa ranking sa kategoryang “HR Campaigns”

 

 

Fast For The Climate

Sinundan ito ng isang panawagan para sa international solidarity fasting. Ayon sa Fast for climate website:

“Already, millions of people have lost their homes and their livelihoods as a result of climate change. Yet government action remains profoundly inadequate and fails to secure a safe and just future for all.

With climate change now rocketing back to the top of the political agenda, thousands of people from around the world have to decided to fast once a month to stand in solidarity with those already affected. We want to tell world leaders that they need to do more to solve this crisis. This should include committing to new action at the Climate Summit of the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki- moon in September and stepping up to set in place a fair, ambitious and binding global climate action plan in Paris in 2015.

Join us to add your voice to those demanding action from”

http://fastfortheclimate.org/en/

fastforclimate

Marami ang nahipo ng kinalagayan ng mga biktima ng bagyong Yolanda. Naglabasan ang mga bidyo ng panawagan. Ginamit ang social media upang abutin ang nakararami. Nais ding katukin ang mga pusong bato ng mga ganid at umasa ang marami na magigising ang lahat sa katotohanan na hindi na isang banta ang trahedyang dulot ng nagbabagong klima.

No.1 sa ranking sa kategoryang “HR Videos” ang ”SOS PHILIPPINES” – THE SONG AFTER THE STORM! Ni ARMAND TJ.


Sinundan ito ng pumangalawa sa ranking na “WE ARE THE WORLD (COVER BY FILIPINO ARTISTS)” ni CHAMBERLAIN P. GUEVARRA


Ika-Pito naman sa walong pinakamaraming hits na videos sa HRonlinePH.com ang “FILIPINO YOUTUBE SINGERS UNITE FOR TYPHOON RELIEF (“THE PRAYER” FOR THE PHILIPPINES). ng GREEN MANGO

Bagamat hindi sa baha ay lumutang at naglabasan nga ang iba’t ibang kabayanihan ng mga Pilipino. Sa katunayan, marami sa mga Non-Governmental Organizations ang maagap na umaksiyon at naglunsad ng kani-kanilang aktibidad upang makapangalap ng tulong. Ang isa sa mga grupong ito ay ang DAKILA-Collective for Modern Heroism.

bayanihan-republicNo.4 para sa sampung pinakatinangkilik na post sa kategoryang “HR events” ang “BAYANIHAN REPUBLIC- FOR THE BENEFIT OF TYPHOON YOLANDA SURVIVORS. BY DAKILA”

Tama at positibo ang mga kabayanihang tulad nito. Ngunit senyales ang mga ito ng kakulangan ng Gobyerno upang tugunan ang pangangailangan ng mga nasalanta. Na nangailangan pa ng mga pribadong grupo na umaksiyon dahil kung hindi ay kaawa-awa naman ang mga biktima.

Tumanggap ng pula ang mga kabalintunaan at kakulangan ng mga ahensiya ng pamahalaan. Nalantad ang mga ganid na inuuna pa ang kita kaysa kapakanan ng mga nangangailangan. Habang maraming pulitiko ang namulitika at inuna ang pagpapapogi.

Hindi pa man nakakabangon ang mga nasalanta ay binatbat pa rin sila ng mga isyu. Tulad na lamang ng ipinahihiwatig ng larawang nahagip ng kamera ni Larry Pascua ng SANLAKS na “MR. PRESIDENT DON’T STOP THE RELIEF OPERATION UNTIL IT’S OVER.” Ikatlo ito sa mga naging nominado para sa kategoryang “HR Photos”.

balangiga-eastern-samar-dec-21-2013-photo-by-larry-pascua

Sadya ngang mainit ang isyu ng klima. Sa katunayan ika-apat sa pinaka-binasang “HR Pinduteros Post” sa HRonlinePH.com ang artikulo ni Denise Fontanilla ng Aksiyon Klima ang “BROWN WATER, BLACK SAND: MACARTHUR, LEYTE’S STRUGGLE AGAINST MINING, YOLANDA, AND CLIMATE CHANGE.”

DeniseAyon kay Denise, “But as Filipino climate advocates like me follow the United Nations climate conferences and continue to push for a progressive global deal in 2015, we also challenge our own government to truly practice what it preaches. It must better integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in national- and local-level planning. And it must follow the true path to sustainable development by instituting policy reforms not only in energy but also in mining and land use in general. This might seem as a grand wish list, but as Filipinos await the next typhoon with dread, we cannot afford to do anything less.”

Marami pang kaganapan ng 2014 higgil sa Climate Justice, sadya ngang ang isyung ito ay tahasan nang nararamdaman ng marami, kaya nag spill-over ang isyung ito mula sa 2013 hanggang 2014, at siguradong magpapatuloy at lalagpas pa ng 2015 dahil sa patuloy na pagdurusa ng mga nasalanta sa kamay ng pagpapabaya at pagkaganid ng mga may kapangyarihan.

Ika nga ng UN OHCHR;

Climate change is a global threat to human rights, UN experts warn States involved in climate negotiations

GENEVA (17 October 2014) – Climate change interferes with the enjoyment of human rights recognised and protected by international law, said a group of United Nations independent experts in an open letter* to all Governments involved in the current round of climate negotiations.

The human rights expert calls comes ahead of next week’s meeting in Bonn (20-25 October) of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, to discuss the application of the Climate Change Convention principles, as well as measures for mitigation of, and adaptation to the impacts of climate change.

“We call on the State Parties to include language in the 2015 climate agreement that provides that the Parties shall, in all climate change related actions, respect, protect, promote, and fulfil human rights for all. And we urge the State Parties at COP 20 in Lima to launch a work program to ensure that human rights are integrated into all aspects of climate actions,” they stated.

“We urge the State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognise the adverse effects of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights, and to adopt urgent and ambitious mitigation and adaptation to prevent further harm,” they said.

– See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=15181&LangID=E#sthash.pUCJopZG.dpuf

Sa susunod na post abangan, Sa ika-9 na pwesto ng 10 Human Rights Issues ng 2014- Kalikasan at karapatang pantao

[Repost] An urgent demand from a Filipina especially in the light of the recent devastation caused by Yolanda

An urgent demand from a Filipina especially in the light of the recent devastation caused by Yolanda.

Photo extracted from www.cnn.com

Photo extracted from http://www.cnn.com

An Open Letter to the US and the EU Countries on Climate Justice and the Need for Drastic Emissions Cut:

June 2013

In my country, the Philippines,December marks the onset of rainy season—a welcome departure from the torrid tropical heat of summer and high time for crop production, colder breezes during morning commutes, and indulgent frolics under the rain. That was not the case four years ago as this season unexpectedly brought about the tropical cyclone Ketsana, which devastated my country to an unprecedented state of calamity. This incident took 500 lives, displaced thousands from their homes, submerged upscale and poor communities in mud, and endangered the health of tens of thousands.

The following years were far less promising as the country was successively distraught with uncommonly powerful and destructive typhoons such as Typhoon Bopha in 2010, Tropical Storm Washi in 2011, and the seasonal southwest monsoon (locally known as Habagat) in August 2012. For the past four years, every rainy season produced stronger calamities, which consequently led to weeklong suspension of classes, slippery and damaged roads, and greater exposure to health risks. Not surprisingly, in 2013, the GermanWatch Climate Risk Index identified the Philippines as the fourth most vulnerable country to the damaging effects of climate change.

I am Alenz Avril De Torres and I am a Filipino student. I am writing because it is yet again June and I am haunted with the realization that this year and for the coming years, every rainy season will no longer be a pleasant favorite but rather a potentially irreversible nightmare.

The root of climate change and the solution to it is right in front of our faces that it baffles me why you remain unfazed with the adverse consequences of unabated emission of greenhouse gases (GHG). It has been scientifically proven that industrialized countries, comprising mostly of your countries, are the main source GHG over the last century yet poor and developing countries like my country absorb the backlash of your emissions. This unusual accumulation of emissions in the atmosphere has produced global increase in temperature, resulting in erratic and abnormal weather that occurs frequently in third world countries such as the Philippines, which contribute less than 1% to global GHG emission. The obvious and logical solution is to radically cut down GHG emissions and repair countries damaged, and continuously damaged, by the accelerating changes in climate. Simply put, cut and be just.

Just last month, scientific agencies revealed that the carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have already reached 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest level in human history and 50 ppm higher than the amount our atmosphere can safely absorb. If this will be the state of affairs in the next decade, then humanity is bound to perish. Thus, we call on you to be responsible and accountable for your historical contribution to Earth’s damage. A first, albeit huge, step that you should take is to ratify and adhere to the second commitment period for 2013 to 2020 of the Kyoto Protocol and to divest from band-aid and gibberish solutions such as Clean Development Mechanisms (CDMs) and Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradations (REDDs). If we are to stabilize the Earth’s temperature to a threshold of until 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal set by climate scientists and supported by 112 countries, then there should be no space for your “flexibility” mechanism mumbo jumbos, where carbon credits are traded and bought. Each and every country must play their role for the reversal of climate change and to make the Earth a livable place for all, and your role is to cut GHG emissions.

Most of all, we call on you to be just. We are undoubtedly prejudiced by the socio-political and economic adjustments demanded of us to be able to adapt to climate changes given the minute amount of GHG emissions we have contributed. I think that it is cogent for us to demand that you, wealthy countries, pay your climate debt, and pay reparation to poor countries. As nationals from the Global South, we demand that you no longer put off owning up to your responsibility to take lead in solving the climate problem. We cannot, and most importantly, should not bear the brunt of climate change alone; reduced to being dispensable and second-class citizens of the Earth.

Amid the gloom from looming rain clouds, numerous climate justice campaigns will be launched this month in the Philippines. I hope that in these efforts to raise the issue of climate justice within the discourse of global democracy, you show cooperation and finally share the same activism with us. I invite you to completely leave self-serving interests and to join us in our defense of climate justice and promotion of a livable and sustainable Earth. I know that there are always reasons for hope and none for defeatism. I am optimistic that every June may still be the onset of a beautiful rainy season.

Always hopeful,

A young Filipina

Source: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateJusticePH

Mag-Tree planting ay ‘di biro- one more time (the Sta. Ana, Cagayan Experience)

Pagkatapos ko sa isang walang katapusang pagbiyahe. 15 hours. Labinlimang oras ng pagsakit ng puwit sa pakikipaglaban ko sa salumpuwitan ng bus. Heto at napuno ang araw ko ng Setyembre 26 ng mga hindi makakalimutang pangyayari. Naburang lahat ang pagkainip sa biyahe. Napalitan ang lahat ng pagkainis sa hindi maayos na pagtulog. Nawow ako sa ganda ng Sierra Madre.

I was sent in Sta. Ana, the farthest town of Cagayan, by our office to join in the activity of the locals here organized by Sta. Ana Alliance for Social and Environmental Concern (SASEC).  Ang host ng visit ko (I was sent here to represent the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines) ay si Sister Minni ng Franciscan Apostolic Sisters. She’s the chairperson of SASEC.

The activity celebrated the adoption of the resolution by the Local Government proclaiming September 26 the Save Sierra Madre Day.  It was also SASEC’s contribution in the awareness building campaign about the effects of climate change and to encourage people to do their part in saving Sierra Madre mountain range so that the tragedy like what “Ondoy” did to us will not happen again.

I joined their “a long and widing road” at “bridge over troubled water” Alay Lakad and experienced another challenging tree planting, see for yourself. Using the camera of the office what you see is what you’ll get…

At 5:30 a.m. I thought it was just the sun rising…

Nagbabanta na pala ang isang pagbuhos…

Biglang nahawi ang ulap…

Climate change talaga.  Ang bubuhos pala ay mga bata…

Pati Matatanda…

Then when the group proceeded to Sierra Madre for the tree planting, bumuhos ang ulan…

Tree planting pag nasok sa puso nino man tatawirin ang lahat makapagtanim lamang…

More photos to come. To be continued…

Writers Unite! 09.26.11 Blog Action Day for Climate Justice

Writers Unite! 09.26.11 Blog Action Day for Climate Justice.

In solidarity with the victims of typhoons Ondoy (“Ketsana”), Pepeng, Frank and all other extreme weather events and disasters of the past here in Manila and all over the Philippines, the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and the Freelance Writers of the Philippines (FWP) call on writers/bloggers/media workers to write their literary pieces, essays, tweets and slogans on “climate justice”. All these are to be submitted on September 26, 2011.

For those with blogs, you can upload your article in your own blogs and at the same time submit it on the day itself at http://climatejusticeday.wordpress.com. For those without blogs, you can submit your articles and pieces via climatejustice@groups.facebook.com. Also do follow us in twitter (@clim8justicePH) and flood it with your tweets on climate justice.

We see that writers can play a big role in this effort to best articulate the issue especially with political, manipulative moves by the rich, industrialized and overly-consuming countries (Annex 1), which don’t want to be accountable from their past actions on too much greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) brought about by unfettered industrialization and accumulation of profit. This hampers genuine actions to mitigate the impacts of climate crisis to the most vulnerable communities especially the indigenous people. We believe that writers can share the passion in spreading the message. Actions must be taken before the situation becomes even worst.

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