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Rights and environmental defenders challenge PNoy, Congress and Senate to be green
Green defenders led by SOS Yamang Bayan Network (SOS YB), Campaign for Land Use Policy Now (CLUP Now!), Forest Resources Bill Network (FRB) and Youth for Rights (Y4R) are behind the campaign in push for the enactment of three green or environmental bills pending in the 16th Congress.
“The campaign seeks to enlist the support of the youth. It proposes an innovative approach through the appropriation of “COSPLAY” into CAUSEPLAY to highlight the seriousness of the issue packaged in a popular form.” Explained Y4R spokesperson Danica Duno.
According to the group, the campaign will inform and inspire the public about the international standards set by the United Nation Environment Program, that safe, balanced and healthy environment is essential to the realization of human rights not only of the present but of the future generation.
Rep. Teddy Brawner Baguilat Jr, one of the main sponsors of the three bills—Alternative Minerals Management Bill (AMMB), Forest Resources Bill (FRB) and the National Land Use Act (NLUA)—emphasized the importance of the three bills in addressing the environmental concerns in the country. He said: “The three bills is a call for fundamental change – in mindset, in behavior, in our whole lifestyle—and it is timely that we remind ourselves our roles as mere stewards of the earth on World Environment Day.”
Meanwhile, the groups also see the campaign as a final push to pass the triad bills as the 2016 elections is approaching.
“By October, the filing of candidacies will be concluded and the informal campaign period will begin. Practically, we have six months to renew the push for the three green bills. We have to work harder on the campaign, or the passage of these bills will again be delayed, and be overtaken by the national and local campaigns of the electoral candidates,” said Kimberly Alvarez of KAISAHAN, the secretariat of the CLUP Now!
One of PNoy’s priority bills, the NLUA is yet to be passed. The attempt to put in place a national land use policy began since the 9th Congress.
Akbayan Rep. Ibarra “Barry” Gutierrez, also a champion of the green bills concluded: “The three green bills are inextricably intertwined. All seek to protect and regulate the use of our natural resources against the onslaught of corporate greed and the drive for gargantuan profits.”
Aiming to place once again national attention to the three pending green bills the campaign is to culminate on the annual GREEN MARCH to be held days before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of PNoy on July 27.
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June 4, 2015
RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENDERS, GREEN BILLS CHAMPIONS TO LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN THAT DARES PNOY, CONGRESS AND SENATE TO BE GREEN
In line with the World Environment Day (WED2015), Environmental defenders coming from the youth sector, human rights advocates and environmentalists legislators will launch a campaign to fire up the advocacy for the passage of the three green bills (Alternative Minerals Management Bill-AMMB, National Land Use Act-NLUA and the Forest Resources Bill-FRB) pending before the 16th Congress.
The campaign tagged as “#ItsNeverHardToBeGreen” seeks to enlist the support of the youth. It proposes an innovative approach through the appropriation of “COSPLAY” into CAUSEPLAY to highlight the seriousness of the issue packaged in a popular form.
The campaign is also the final push in the 16th Congress to pass the triad bills within its last year in office. By October filing of candidacies will be concluded and the informal campaign period will begin thereafter. “Practically we have six months to renew the push for the three green bills or will again be overtaken by the national and local campaigns of the electoral candidates.”
Aiming to place once again national attention to the three pending green bills the campaign is to culminate on the annual GREEN MARCH to be held on July – days before the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of PNoy.
The Press Conference Launch will be led by Representative Barry Gutierez of the Prty-List AKBAYAN, Representative Teddy Baguilat of the Lone District of Ifugao (Former chairperson of the Natural Resources Committee of the House of Representatives), Leaders of three broad networks for the three green bill –Campaign for Land Use Policy (ClupNow!), SOS Yamang Bayang Network (SOS-YB) and Forest Resources Bill Network and spokesperson of Youth For Rights (Y4R).
WHERE: Bacolod Chicken Inasal, Quezon City Memorial Circle, Diliman, Quezon City
WHAT: Press Conference for the Launching of “It’s Never Hard To Be GREEN” campaign.
WHEN: June 5, 2015; 1:00 pm
MEDIA COVERAGE IS REQUESTED
PHOTO AND VIDEO OPPORTUNITY: Green Defenders in GREEN HEROES costume, with placards shaped as shields and human flipboards will urge PNoy and the public to be GREEN.
For more information:
Pls contact 09157572526; 09288443717