#FridayforFuture Philippines Students Strike

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PRESS RELEASE

Alliance of Progressive Labor- Youth – SENTRO (APL-Youth- Sentro)

15 March 2019

Contact person : Regie Dalisay, 09666787601

This 15th of March, hundreds of thousands of students all over the globe will be marching in protest demanding that the governments, corporations, and industries of the world take drastic, serious, and comprehensive action on the looming catastrophe of climate change. According to a report in 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have only 12 years left to make major changes before the effects of climate change become irreversible. Many of these participants, coming from college, high school and primary school, have gone to the streets and demanded that the world’s leaders take the threat of climate change seriously, knowing that it is the youth’s future at stake due to the negligence and inaction of world leaders.

Since November of last year, this upsurge of protest has turned into a global movement, with students in various countries planning coordinated protest actions. The Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) stands with the students in demanding a resolute and uncompromising response to the existential threat of climate change. We recognize that there can be no decent jobs, no protection of rights, and no future in an earth already destroyed by global warming. To this end, SENTRO, and its youth affiliate, the Alliance of Progressive Labor-Youth (APL-Youth) shall actively participate in this global action in solidarity with the students in Europe, Australia, the United States and in other countries where the cry for climate justice is ringing in the streets. 

That it is the youth of today that is taking up the struggle against the destruction of the world by big corporations and industries is symptomatic of the impotence and unwillingness of responsible international bodies and national governments to address the fundamental causes of climate change – which is rooted in global capitalism and the wanton pursuit of profit at the expense of people and the environment. We should be suspicious of billionaires and industries that pretend to be concerned for the working people and the planet while they continue to make money of the plight of women and indigenous peoples who are already bearing the consequences of climate change.

Climate change is both a product and a factor of global inequality. Many of those displaced by intensified natural disasters are robbed of their livelihood. More often than not, women are forced to sell their bodies in prostitution as an alternative source of money to provide for their families. Others are pushed to separate from their children and relatives to work overseas as domestic workers. Working people in general are forced to adjust to disasters imposed upon them by industries in service to the interests of the rich. Likewise, indigenous people the world over face the risk of losing their ancestral homes and whole forestries to incursions by multinational companies, often with the support of national governments.

The students are right in calling out their governments for being beholden to profit-oriented interests instead of working for the public good in addressing the issue of climate change. For SENTRO, the looming climate disaster and the broad youth activism that it has engendered is the perfect opportunity to expose the role of capitalism in this global problem. It is clear that the pursuit of profit has lead to the widespread destruction of the environment, as the trillion dollar oil and coal industry clearly demonstrates. Despite the promises of governments, and the existence of international conventions and discussions, the student’s strike demonstrates that the processes of the UNFCCC COP and other initiatives are not at all delivering in terms of addressing the systemic and fundamental conditions responsible for the impending climate disaster. 

The student’s strike is therefore a wake up call for everyone, pointing to the need for more radical responses to force governments to tackle the issue of climate change and the vested interests that prevent us from facing it head on. It is time for the people of the world to demand their governments, and the international community, to take drastic action. In this, the youth have once again proved their historic role as the spearheads of movements for transformation.

The rise of student activism in defense of the environment is a sign of optimism – a demonstration that the youth of today will not allow the world’s governments, companies and industries to rob them of their future without a fight. It is imperative for all of the world’s progressives, environmentalists, concerned civil society organizations, and the organized labor movement, to work hand in hand with the students both in the discussions and negotiations with world leaders as well as in the mass demonstrations in the streets all over the world. The climate crisis concerns all of us. As students and workers, we  recognize that only through working together with other progressive forces of the world do we stand a chance to stop, and hopefully reverse, the catastrophic effects of climate change on the world and on our lives.

#15March

#YouthForClimate

#YouthForEnergyDemocracy

#FridaysForFuture

15 March 2019

Contact person : Regie Dalisay, 09666787601

This 15th of March, hundreds of thousands of students all over the globe will be marching in protest demanding that the governments, corporations, and industries of the world take drastic, serious, and comprehensive action on the looming catastrophe of climate change. According to a report in 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we have only 12 years left to make major changes before the effects of climate change become irreversible. Many of these participants, coming from college, high school and primary school, have gone to the streets and demanded that the world’s leaders take the threat of climate change seriously, knowing that it is the youth’s future at stake due to the negligence and inaction of world leaders.

Since November of last year, this upsurge of protest has turned into a global movement, with students in various countries planning coordinated protest actions. The Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO) stands with the students in demanding a resolute and uncompromising response to the existential threat of climate change. We recognize that there can be no decent jobs, no protection of rights, and no future in an earth already destroyed by global warming. To this end, SENTRO, and its youth affiliate, the Alliance of Progressive Labor-Youth (APL-Youth) shall actively participate in this global action in solidarity with the students in Europe, Australia, the United States and in other countries where the cry for climate justice is ringing in the streets. 

That it is the youth of today that is taking up the struggle against the destruction of the world by big corporations and industries is symptomatic of the impotence and unwillingness of responsible international bodies and national governments to address the fundamental causes of climate change – which is rooted in global capitalism and the wanton pursuit of profit at the expense of people and the environment. We should be suspicious of billionaires and industries that pretend to be concerned for the working people and the planet while they continue to make money of the plight of women and indigenous peoples who are already bearing the consequences of climate change.

Climate change is both a product and a factor of global inequality. Many of those displaced by intensified natural disasters are robbed of their livelihood. More often than not, women are forced to sell their bodies in prostitution as an alternative source of money to provide for their families. Others are pushed to separate from their children and relatives to work overseas as domestic workers. Working people in general are forced to adjust to disasters imposed upon them by industries in service to the interests of the rich. Likewise, indigenous people the world over face the risk of losing their ancestral homes and whole forestries to incursions by multinational companies, often with the support of national governments.

The students are right in calling out their governments for being beholden to profit-oriented interests instead of working for the public good in addressing the issue of climate change. For SENTRO, the looming climate disaster and the broad youth activism that it has engendered is the perfect opportunity to expose the role of capitalism in this global problem. It is clear that the pursuit of profit has lead to the widespread destruction of the environment, as the trillion dollar oil and coal industry clearly demonstrates. Despite the promises of governments, and the existence of international conventions and discussions, the student’s strike demonstrates that the processes of the UNFCCC COP and other initiatives are not at all delivering in terms of addressing the systemic and fundamental conditions responsible for the impending climate disaster. 

The student’s strike is therefore a wake up call for everyone, pointing to the need for more radical responses to force governments to tackle the issue of climate change and the vested interests that prevent us from facing it head on. It is time for the people of the world to demand their governments, and the international community, to take drastic action. In this, the youth have once again proved their historic role as the spearheads of movements for transformation.

The rise of student activism in defense of the environment is a sign of optimism – a demonstration that the youth of today will not allow the world’s governments, companies and industries to rob them of their future without a fight. It is imperative for all of the world’s progressives, environmentalists, concerned civil society organizations, and the organized labor movement, to work hand in hand with the students both in the discussions and negotiations with world leaders as well as in the mass demonstrations in the streets all over the world. The climate crisis concerns all of us. As students and workers, we  recognize that only through working together with other progressive forces of the world do we stand a chance to stop, and hopefully reverse, the catastrophic effects of climate change on the world and on our lives.

#15March

#YouthForClimate

#YouthForEnergyDemocracy

#FridaysForFuture

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