Youth group says no to coal-fired power plants in Philippines island province

(Eco Business, 19 Mar 2019) At a time when youth-led strikes worldwide are influencing climate governance, young students from the Philippines staged their largest protest action thus far, calling for the government to take a stand against coal.

The Philippines took another step towards a greener future when the local officials of Negros Occidental, a province in the Visayan region, issued an executive order on March 6 declaring the province as coal-free, and signing a mandate to pursue clean and renewable energy projects.

The announcement immediately impacts—and writes out—plans to build coal-fired power plants in the province, including a 300-megawatt plant proposed last year by SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation, one of the Philippines’ biggest conglomerates.

The announcement was made as the largest youth-led mobilisation for climate action in the country made their voices heard outside the provincial capitol building.

At a time when youth-led strikes worldwide are influencing climate governance, the Negrosanon youth made their own stand for their future.

“Hope is our currency; a single act can inspire millions to rise and abandon apathy,” said Krishna Ariola, lead convenor of the Youth for Climate Hope (Y4CH), one of the organisations that led the protests.

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Eco Business, 19 Mar 2019: Youth group says no to coal-fired power plants in Philippines island province