Filipino Catholics hold a march to welcome the "Season of Creation" in the Philippines on Sept. 1. (Photo by Jire Carreon)
Filipino Catholics, especially the youth, should go out in the streets and raise awareness on the need to address what is a "climate emergency."This was the call issued by environment activist and priest Edwin Gariguez ahead of a "Global Climate Strike" set on Sept. 20.The "Global Climate Strike," inspired by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, will see millions of people across the world walk out of work and schools to demand action against the climate crisis."We need to raise the alarm through this global protest to demand that our governments address this climate emergency, and reduce emissions by adopting renewable energy policies," he said.Father Gariguez, who heads the social action secretariat of the Philippine bishops' conference, said everyone should do their part "in caring for and saving our common home."
The 1.5° Celsius mark is the new “safe” upper-limit for global warming according to scientists.
"The climate change impact won’t discriminate in terms of color, race, age or boundaries and calling it an emergency or disaster as scientists say is an understatement," it added.The "Global Climate Strike" will take place on two successive Fridays designed to coincide with an emergency climate action summit being held at the United Nations in New York beginning on Sept. 23.