Climate on our Minds on Earth Day 2021

‘Poor people in all countries will also be hit early and harder than the rich. Indeed, climate injustice is not only between countries, but also within countries.’ Let’s be clear. There is no doubt that we are now on the cusp of a global climate emergency. According to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres: “2021 is a …

Policies and Measures to Combat Climate Change

The following is Part 2 in a two-part series. You can read Part 1 here. In June 2019, Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued an important report on how the climate emergency exacerbates economic inequity and social injustice. The report concluded that addressing climate change effectively required a fundamental …

Paris Agreement: Not perfect but good

Why did the thousands of people in Le Bourget, Paris erupt with joy and jubiliation when it was announced that the Paris Agreement had been adopted? Imagine putting hundreds of die-hard Binay, Poe, Roxas, Duterte, and Santiago supporters in one room and telling them they cannot leave unless they are able to agree on one …

A good day in Paris

Last Saturday, December 12, after extending the climate change negotiations for a day, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, president of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, entered the La Seine plenary hall of the Le Bourget conference center and addressed the thousands of us who were …

After Midnight in Paris

I write this column with the news from Minister Laurent Fabius that the Paris climate change conference will be extended by one day, to Saturday, Dec. 12. There are still serious issues that have to be resolved. Indeed, two all-night negotiations, participated in by the Philippine delegation, have failed so far to overcome the differences …

State of Paris climate talks

We are now in the final stretch of the marathon climate change negotiations that was launched in Durban, South Africa in December 2011 just around the time Typhoon Sendong hit the Philippines and killed thousands in my hometown Cagayan de Oro. I remember hearing the news of that tragedy, including of relatives and friends dying …

Start of Paris climate talks

The Paris climate change summit began with a bang yesterday with more than a 100 heads of states converging here on the first day to deliver national statements urging action and collaboration on climate change. The conference venue is Le Bourget, the first airport of Paris built in 1919 and famous as the landing site …

On the eve of Paris climate summit

Two days from now, world leaders will converge in Paris, France for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Meeting on the first day of the two week conference, the heads of state are expected to adopt a political declaration that will provide direction to …