Greta Thunberg says no climate justice under Marcos

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg gestures during her speech at a Fridays for Future march during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)
Climate activist Greta Thunberg gestures during her speech at a Fridays for Future march during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 5, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Hannah McKay)

In a video message, climate activist Greta Thunberg said on Wednesday (September 21) that climate justice cannot be achieved under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Thunberg appeared with fellow climate activists Alde Nilsson and Mitzi Tan, a University of the Philippines Diliman-educated activist, as they also expressed solidarity and support for Filipino activists in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.

“There can be no climate justice under Marcos … we stand in solidarity with the martial law victims seeking justice and the human rights defenders pursuing the democratic rights of people and climate justice,” Thunberg said.

“The fight for climate justice is a fight for democracy,” Nilsson added, while Tan’s message is about how nothing has changed since the rule of the late dictator, Ferdinand Marcos Sr., up to his son.

During his speech at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Marcos said that climate change is the greatest existential threat to various countries on the planet, and its effects are uneven and reflect social and historical injustice.

“Those who are least responsible suffer the most. The Philippines, for example, is a net carbon sink, we absorb more carbon dioxide than we emit. And yet, we are the 4th most vulnerable country to the effects of climate change,” Marcos said.

“This injustice must be corrected, and those who need to do more must act now. We accept our share of responsibility and will continue to do our part to avert this collective disaster,” Marcos added.

The Philippine President is also calling on countries with advanced economies “to immediately fulfill their obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, provide climate financing and technology transfer for adaptation for the most vulnerable and developing countries to lead by example.”

Thunberg’s video message was played during the martial law commemoration protest at the University of the Philippines Diliman.

​Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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