Climate Change

Infographics series on just and sustainable energy: Transitioning from coal

November 28, 2022

As world leaders gather at the Conference of Parties 27 (COP27) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Egypt, we are releasing a three-part series of infographics on just and sustainable energy. This is the first of the series. Transitioning to renewable energy is key to addressing the climate crisis. Such transition must also be guided by justice, inclusivity, and transparency.

Environmental advocates call for less talk, more action in COP27 climate talks

November 7, 2022

As States around the world gather for the climate change talks or the Conference of Parties 27 (COP 27) in Egypt, the Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines Inc. (CEC), along with fellow environmental human rights defenders and advocates, call for the government to fulfill its mandate of promoting the right to a healthy environment. The current administration must address the unheeded clamor to improve climate change adaptation and mitigation, and consider environmental human rights defenders as an ally in the fight against climate change. 

Just energy: Fighting development aggression in the small community of Pakil, Laguna

October 30, 2022

Mt. Ping-as is part of the Sierra Madre mountain range and situated in the municipality of Pakil. Residents of the municipality consider the mountain to be a blessing as it provides them water for irrigation and for their daily needs. Besides its importance to their daily lives, the mountain is also significant to their culture, as devotees hike up the mountain on the last Saturday of May every year to attend mass and witness the Santacruzan in a tradition they call “Ahunan sa Ping-as”. The same mountain is currently under threat due to a planned hydropower plant project proposed by Ahunan Power, Inc., a joint venture between Prime Metro Power Holdings Corp. and JBD Water Power Inc.

CREATE: Climate Resilience Educ-Action Training and Enrichment for Philippine grassroots communities

August 31, 2022

The CREATE Project was designed so that partner marginalized and vulnerable communities, including the peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous people and women, are (1) able to relate climate change and its impacts to their own lives, livelihoods and communities, (2) empowered to act collectively leveraged on their own collective strengths and traditional ecological knowledge and practices, (3) able to communicate climate change impacts and disasters effectively, and (4) better prepared when future climate disasters strike.

Free Tacloban Climate Activists! Stop the Series of Attacks on Environmental Defenders!

February 10, 2020

The Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines (CEC) strongly condemns the illegal arrest of environmental defenders Marissa Cabaljao, spokesperson of People Surge, and four of its members. Marissa’s one-year-old baby was also with her when she was taken into custody by the police. At around 2:00 AM on February 7, agents of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of the Philippine National Police raided the offices of two progressive organizations in Eastern Visayas. Rights groups claim that the firearms and explosives were planted as evidence for the arrests.

Towards a Climate-Resilient and Environmentally-Sustainable Nation

August 26, 2019

Joint statement of the Climate Change Network for Community-Based Initiatives (CCNCI) and Center for Environmental Concerns-Philippines (CEC) delivered at the “Addressing Poverty and Inequality Towards Agenda 2030” a Policy Forum organized by the Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held on August 23, 2019.