Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice & Climate Change

Towards an Asian Platform on Transforming Energy Systems

Based on Asian Conference on Energy and Asian Climate Justice Assembly Discussions

A. The Right to Energy

  1. We believe in peoples’ right to energy to be able meet their basic needs and the realization of their basic human rights -- right to a life of dignity and well-being, the rights to food and water, to livelihoods, to education, health, housing, the right to safety and security, the right to reproductive justice, the equal treatment and non-discrimination, the right to information, to the right to political participation and civil and political liberties among others

  2. The right to energy goes hand in hand with the right of communities and people -- women and men -- to democratic stewardship and management of the commons, of energy systems, regardless of geographic location and without prejudice to class, caste, ethnicity/race, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity expressions. Religion, age, being differently-abled.

  3. The state has the duty and obligation to its citizens to ensure the fulfillment of the right to energy.

  4. The right to energy should be realized in a just and sustainable manner that is compatible with the limits of the planet, the environment and ecosystems.

  5. The right to energy must be exercised in a manner that recognizes and upholds energy sources are part of the “commons” which should not be owned and controlled by a few nor used and abused for private gain and accumulation of private profit.

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Southern CSO Statement on the Green Climate Fund

No more deception! No more excuses! Climate Finance now!
A Green Climate Fund for People and Planet and not Private Profit!

 

Not Debt Not Charity But Reparations

The delivery of climate finance for developing countries is one of the commitments and obligations of developed country governments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is one of the pillars of the Bali Road Map agreed during the UNFCCC Conference of Parties held here in Bali in December 2007.

Climate Finance is urgently needed to enable developing countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, build climate resilience, and shift to low carbon development pathways.

In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines leaving more than 6,000 people dead, several million people displaced, and more than 879 million US dollars cost of damages to infrastructures and agriculture.[1] In January, heavy rains drenched a huge portion of Indonesia causing massive floods, deadly landslides and more than 40,000 displaced individuals. The total cost of damage is estimated at 80 million US dollars[2].  There is the prolonged drought in the Horn and East Africa, the freak phenomena of floods in Mozambique and the Somali Puntland Hurricane in November 2013 which killed around 300 people, and the climate change – induced natural resources scarcity in the savanna belt of Africa (e.g. Darfur) that is giving rise to conflicts and severe food crisis.[3]

The Board of the Green Climate Fund is now holding its sixth meeting at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia.

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U.S. Spying a Threat to Global Climate Deal

TODAY - Activists and experts expressed outrage at the revelations that the U.S. government, through the NSA and its allies, conducted espionage on participants of UN climate talks.

They are calling for President Obama to commit to no further spying on participants of the talks, accompanied by a drastically increased commitment to climate action on the part of the U.S., if the talks are to succeed as they build toward another global summit at the end of 2015.

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COP 19 Videos

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Filipino Groups Demand Real Action for Climate Justice to the UNFCCC COP19

IMG 4481Sent Filipino Communique to the Conference of Parties

Filipino groups still dealing with the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda, conveyed their outrage that UN negotiations on climate change are still failing to arrive at any meaningful outcome, in a communique from the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.

The release came as lead negotiator of the Philipines Yeb Sano accepted a petititon with over 600,000 signatures from online campaign group Avaaz calling for devleoped countries to increase their climate controls, honour their finance promises and adopt a loss and damage mechanism to deal with climate impacts like Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

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