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REACTION: Paris climate agreement enters into force

6 October 2016
Manila, Philippines

Reacting to the Paris Climate Agreement coming into force, Renato Redentor Constantino, Executive Director of the Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities (Philippines) released the following statement:

“We welcome the Paris Agreement’s entry into force. We should use this to further strengthen our resolve for faster, more decisive action to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to under 1.5C degrees. It’s typhoon season again in the Philippines, and the upcoming third year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan reminds us of the devastating impacts of inaction. We see what governments can achieve together if there’s political will, but we must not forget we still have to implement aggressive measures to shift to a clean energy system and free up financing to protect the most vulnerable from worsening climate impacts. We need fast concerted action globally and an ambitious timetable to phase out greenhouse gases. It is equally important for governments, businesses and the scientific community to change the climate narrative: from the point of desperation to a message of hope that a prosperous, sustainable future is achievable if we take decisive action now.”

“The Duterte government, in partnership with climate vulnerable countries, must use this momentum to seek far stronger, far quicker implementation of the Paris Agreement. It is in our self-interest to do so. The faster we move, the sooner we will be able to protect our countries from climate impacts that destroy lives and affect economic growth. At the same time, we should double efforts to pursue low-carbon development so people can enjoy earlier the benefits of clean air, access to clean energy, more jobs, food security, productivity and good health.”

FOR INTERVIEWS, CONTACT:
Kevin A. Santos, Communication Strategist | +63917 720 9749  |  kevin@icsc.ngo
AC Dimatatac, Communications Coordinator | +63998 546 9788  |  media@icsc.ngo

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