Photo taken at: Olo, Siquijor, Philippines
Human rights violations are at the forefront of effects from climate change. There are more than 5 million Filipinos worldwide contributing to the growth and economy of other nations; these groups are often called “Overseas Filipinos” and are categorized as one of the largest diaspora populations today.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But why can’t these Filipino people just live at home? Migration began to increase dramatically due to the political situation of the 1970’s and 1980’s, and later did not slow as expected. Filipinos continued to migrate for many years to be afforded better opportunities in other countries. And in 2016, the Philippines was hit particularly hard by a series of extremely damaging typhoons. Filipino people have now begun to migrate just for better access to food, water, proper sanitation, adequate housing, and a healthier life.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But the Filipino people are fighting back. A group of Filipino citizens and members of @Greenpeace are fighting the Carbon Majors, a group of just 100 institutions responsible for producing nearly 1 trillion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Together, the group of activists asked The Commission on Human Rights from the Republic of The Philippines to consider investigating the Carbon Majors’ human rights violations associated with climate change. This petition could lead to ground-breaking litigation for climate justice.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Comment below if you think we should all be fighting for our planet.