Environmental activists stage a demonstration in Manila as part of the Global Climate Strike on Sept. 20. Green groups have submitted a 'final memorandum' against fossil fuel producers to the Commission on Human Rights. (Photo by Jire Carreon)
In 2015, the activist groups filed a landmark human rights case against 47 energy firms blamed for a large part of the world's greenhouse gas emissions that have led to disastrous climate change.The memorandum is a summary of scientific and legal evidence of alleged human rights violations by the corporations.Desiree Llanos Dee, climate justice campaigner of Greenpeace Philippines, said they expect the Philippine human rights commission to issue a resolution on the petition.Dee said the resolution can be a global precedent that can be used around the world to hold the so-called "Carbon Majors" accountable for the impact of climate change on communities.fossil fuel industry "misled the public on climate change."The memorandum noted that as early as the 1980s the fossil fuel industry already knew that "climate change was real" yet the companies did not act to reverse the harmful impacts of their operations.The Philippines' Commission on Human Rights has conducted 12 public hearings since the 2015 filing of the petition, hearing 39 expert resource persons and 26 community witnesses."The voice of the people is not being heard in some of the climate litigation in other countries, but here in the Philippines the world heard the narratives of the victims for the first time," said Dee.The respondents, including large oil companies and fossil fuel producers, did not participate in the process even as the investigative body went to New York and London for hearings.