The Philippines formally approved the Paris Agreement on March 14. The agreement entered into force on November 4, 2016.
In March of 2016, former US Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project held a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Manila, where hundreds of local activists were trained to communicate about the climate crisis and its solutions. Climate Reality also established a branch office in the Philippines that has been working to further climate action in the country.
Rodne Galicha, branch manager for The Climate Reality Project’s Philippines branch, released a statement on the Philippines formally approving the Paris Agreement.
“In formally approving the Paris Agreement, the government of the Philippines has assured that the voices of vulnerable peoples will always be heard, and The Climate Reality Project’s Philippines branch applauds this important step forward in the fight against climate change and recognizes the leadership of Senator Loren Legarda in leading the way towards the full approval of the Philippine Senate.
“The Paris Agreement is incredibly important for island nations like the Philippines, as deadly typhoons become more frequent and dangerous sea level rise continues to threaten Filipino families and their abilities to live happy, healthy, and comfortable lives. The government must do all it can to protect this most basic right, and approving the Paris Agreement ensures that we have the entire world in our corner.
“Here at Climate Reality, we will continue to heighten the climate consciousness of the global community to demand justice and opportunity for people in our country and across the world. As we continue to make climate action a reality, we’re as committed as ever to bringing this movement to our communities in order to create a resilient and sustainable society for all.”