RoN PH declares Climate Emergency

The Rights of Nature Philippines declares a climate emergency as a response to the ongoing climate crisis. Therefore, we commit  to take decisive actions to reduce  greenhouse gas emissions and help avert the ecological crisis that threatens Earth, our common home and the wellbeing of humanity and all other beings on planet earth.

This move emerges from our recognition of the interconnectedness of all beings and our fundamental responsibility to protect it and respect nature’s inherent right to exist, thrive, and flourish to be able to play its role of maintaining the condition where all beings can live.

We strongly call on the Philippine Government to DECLARE CLIMATE EMERGENCY NOW! Declaring a climate emergency means, first, recognizing that humanity and the whole ecosystem is collapsing and immediate and strategic actions must be done to reduce or halt the irreversible impacts of climate change. Second, as we primarily put to task the government to take action,  we call for collective and strategic actions from all sectors in keeping the 1.5C target up to 2030.

To keep this target, we propose the following bold and strategic actions anchored on ecologically sustainable solutions:

     Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing emissions from energy production, transportation, industry, agriculture, and land use. This must be achieved through a combination of pro-people, pro-animals, and sustainable measures such as just transitioning to renewable and clean energy sources, improving energy efficiency, adopting sustainable agriculture practices, and reducing waste.

     Climate adaptation. Planning and implementing community-based measures to adapt to the inevitable and currently occurring impacts of climate change. This can include measures such as implementing nature-based solutions, building climate-resilient infrastructure, improving water management, and supporting the development of climate-resilient agriculture practices.

     Protection of forests and other natural ecosystems. Protecting and restoring our forests, marine, and other ecosystems which are vital carbon sinks that help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This also means supporting and protecting the welfare of Indigenous Peoples, environmental defenders, and local communities that serve as stewards and live in harmony with their environment.

     Sustainable consumption and production. Implementing policies on sustainably managing our own natural resources and wastes such as the Rights of Nature bill and the Alternative Minerals Management bill. This also involves incentivizing Sapat Lifestyle practices and planning strategies towards the shift to a circular economy.

     Efficient, consistent, and full implementation of existing environmental laws, enactment of green bills, and repeal of environmentally destructive laws, including the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act, among others.

     Respect and protect the self-determination of our Indigenous Peoples and the full implementation of the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act (IPRA). Assist indigenous communities to come up with their own Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development Protection Plan (ADSDPP) and align the comprehensive land use plan with their ADSDPP.

     Investment in climate research and development. Strengthening our own R&D resources and capabilities to develop new technologies and innovations for the acceleration of a just transition towards a low-carbon economy and climate resilient future.

     Climate education and awareness-raising. Raising public awareness about the impacts of climate change and the Rights of Nature while building support for climate action and promoting behavior change.

     International, national, and local solidarity and cooperation. Addressing the climate crisis requires global cooperation and coordinated efforts across countries and regions. Exact accountability from stakeholders, pay up for loss and damages, and uphold international frameworks promoting global action on climate change. Creation of a multi-sectoral and inter-religious Climate Emergency technical working group with the Climate Change Commission, which would craft a comprehensive National Climate Emergency Action Plan, leading to local ordinances and the National Climate Emergency Act.

Most importantly, these measures must be implemented in the essence of CLIMATE AND INTERGENERATIONAL JUSTICE to ensure that the benefits and burdens of climate action are distributed fairly and that vulnerable communities are not left behind. We are advocating for policies and programs that address the root causes of climate change. We are challenging the economic and political systems that prioritize profit over nature and people – towards a just transition to a low-carbon economy that benefits everyone.

Together, we are fighting for the Rights of Nature and climate justice to address the climate crisis in a way that is fair, equitable, and sustainable for all.







Church/Diocese/ Parishes

1.            Apostolic Vicariate of Bontoc-Lagawe Social Action Center

2.            Apostolic Vicariate of Calapan Social Action Center

3.            Apostolic Vicariate San Jose

4.            Apostolic Vicariate of Tabuk Social Action Center

5.           Archdiocesan Social Action Center of Cotabato

6.           Archdiocesan Social Action Center of Ozamis

7.           Archdiocesan Social Action Center of Zamboanga

8.            Archdiocese of Lipa Ministry on Ecology

9.           Archdiocese of Manila – Ecology Ministry

10.         Archdiocese of Manila Social Action Commission

11.         Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia – Commission on Ecology

12.         Archdiocese of Palo

13.         Archdiocese of Caceres – Ecology Ministry

14.         Catholic Women’s League, Inc. Philippines

15.         Caritas Baguio

16.         Caritas Cabanatuan

17.         Caritas Caceres

18.         Caritas Capiz

19.         Caritas Catarman

20.         Caritas Cebu

21.         Caritas Cubao

22.         Caritas Imus

23.         Caritas Kalookan

24.         Caritas La Union

25.         Caritas Libmanan

26.         Caritas Lingayen-Dagupan

27.         Caritas Manila

28.         Caritas Marbel

29.         Caritas Novaliches

30.         Caritas Nueva Segovia

31.         Caritas Palo

32.         Caritas Paranaque

33.         Caritas Philippines

34.         Caritas San Jose (Occidental Mindoro)

35.         Caritas San Pablo

36.         Caritas Sorsogon

37.         Caritas Tabuk

38.         Caritas Tandag

39.         Caritas Tarlac

40.         Caritas Tuguegarao

41.         Caritas Urdaneta

42.         Caritas Virac

43.         CBCP-Council of the Laity of the Philippines

44.         CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health Care

45.         CBCP Office on Women

46.         CWS-NCR (Church Peoples Workers Solidarity)

47.         Diocese of Iba

48.         Diocese of Baguio – Commission on Environment

49.         Diocese of Butuan

50.         Diocese of Antipolo – Ecology Ministry

51.         Diocese of Lucena – Ministry of Ecology

52.         Diocese of Parañaque

53.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Antique

54.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Bataan

55.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Bacolod

56.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Bayombong

57.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Boac

58.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Butuan

59.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Calbayog

60.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Dipolog

61.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Ilagan

62.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Iligan

63.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Kalibo

64.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Kidapawan

65.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Legazpi

66.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Maasin

67.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Mati

68.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Pagadian

69.         Diocesan Social Action Center of San Carlos

70.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Urdaneta

71.         Diocesan Social Action Center of Tagbilaran

72.         Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center

73.         Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission, Inc.

74.         Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish in Cagayan de Oro

75.         Prelature of Isabela de Basilan Social Action Center

76.         Prelature of Marawi Social Action Center

77.       Prelature of Infanta – Community Organization of the Philippines (PI-COPI)

78.         Sangguniang Layko ng Pilipinas

79.         Most Rev. Jose A. Cabantan, DD, Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro

Religious Organizations

80.         Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation

81.         Carmelite Missionaries

82.    Community Formation Center DOPIM Institute for Ministries, Inc. (CFC-DIMI)

83.         Conference of Major Superiors in the Philippines (CMSP)

84.         Congregation of Our Lady of Cenacle Region of Asia

85.         Columban Missionaries

86.   Daughter of Charity – Advocacy on Justice, Peace and Human Rights and Integrity of Creation

     87.      Dominican Family for Justice and Peace – Philippines

88.         Familia Community

89.         Focolare Movement

90.      Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception

91.         Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts (c/o Mo. Engracia Baluyut, SFSC)

92.         Franciscan Solidarity Movement for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation

93.         La Sallian Institute for the Environment- De La Salle Philippines

94.         Marist East Asia Province

95.         Mercedarian Missionaries of Berriz (CARES Eco-Spiritual Center)

96.         Missionaries of Mary Mother of the Poor

     97.     Mother Ignacia National Social Apostolate Center, Inc. Inc.

98.      Religious of Notre Dame of the Missions

99.         Religious of the Good Shepherd Philippines – Japan Province

100.      Terra Sisters of the Trinity


101.       Adventist Development & Relied Agency

102.        Aksyon Kalikasan (Eco-Actions PH)

103.  Aksyon sa Kahandaan sa Kalamidad at Klima (AKKMA National Coalition)

104.     Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)

105.     Angat Kalikasan Pilipinas

106.     Animal Empathy Philippines (AEP)

107.     Aral Pinoy.Org Inc

108.     Banal na Kagubatan

109.     Bayanihan Para sa Kalikasan Movement, Inc.

110.     Bayay Sibuyanon

111.     Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD)

112.   Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED)

113.     Consumer Rights for Safe Food

114.     Development Center for Future Leaders, Inc.

115.     Earthday Network Philippines

116.     Ecowaste Coalition

117.     Fellowship for the Care of Creation Association, Inc. (FCCAI)

118.     Filipino Inventors Innovation Society

119. Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment and Sustainable Economy (Green Convergence)

120.     Green Party of the Philippines (GPP-KALIKASAN MUNA)

121.     Greenresearch Environmental Research Group

122.    Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Inc.

123.     Hospicio de San Jose

124.     Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS)

125.     Laudato Si Movement Pilipinas (LSM Pilipinas)

126.     Living Laudato Si’ Philippines (LLS)

127.     Marinduque Council for Environmental Concerns (MACEC)

128.     Medical Mission Sisters – Unit Philippines

129.     Mink’a Pilipinas 031223

130.     New Families Focolare Movement

131.     New Humanity Focolare Movement

132.     Partnership for Clean Air

133.    Partnership for Sustainable Eonomies, Inc.

134.     Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI)

135.     Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)

136.     Philippine Network of Educators for the Environment

137.     Philippine Permaculture Association

138.     Rights of Nature (RoN) PH

139.     Rotary Club Alabang Madrigal Business Park

140.  Samahan ng mga Agta Dumagat/Remuntado na Binabaka at Ipinagtatanggol ang Lupaing Ninuno (SAGIBIN-LN)

141.     Sanib Lakas Para sa Kalikasan (SALIKA)

142.     SARILAYA

143.     Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Inc. (SSMNAI)

144.     Sulong Peace, Incorporated

145.     Tribal Center for Development Foundation, Inc. – Infanta, Quezon

146.     UNESCO APNIEVE Philippines

147.     Zero Waste Philippines, Inc.


148.      Bulacan State University

149.      De La Salle University – Dasmarinas

150.      De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute

151.      De La Salle University Manila

152.      Environmental Studies Institute of Miriam College

153.       Lasallian Institute for the Environment – De La Salle Philippines

154.       Miriam College

 155.     Notre Dame of Marbel University

 156.     Philippine Women’s University Environmental Program

 157.        Sacred heart College of Lucena

 158.        SAFI Integrated Learning Academy

 159.        St. Mary’s College, Quezon City

160.      St. Therea College of Cebu

161.       St. Theresa’s College, Quezon City


162.        Save Sierra Madre Youth Volunteers Organization

163.    Kabataang Katuwang sa Mapagpaunlad at Produktibong Inisyatibo (KAKAMPI)

164.        UGNAYIN National Indigenous Youth Network


165.        INAVET Nutrition Technologies Inc

166.        Microbe-Lift Phils.-Inavet Nutrition Technologies Inc.

167.        Solid Earth Trading

168.        TDP Mgmt Consultancy

169.        WEGEN Laudato Si’ Philippines

Government Agency

170.        Commission on Human Rights (CHR)


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