Last year the emission of climate-wrecking gases reached a new record high. Particularly in Asian and European countries, coal emissions have dramatically increased, partly due to the war in Ukraine. The major emitting countries are acting too slow and have done too little to reduce global CO2 causing us to be “catastrophically far from the crucial goal of 1.5°C”.
About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. These and other extreme weather phenomenon intensify due to sustained global emission and bring havoc to people, nature, agriculture, economy, and infrastructure. Climate change is real and part of day-to-day life and survival in the Philippines, being one of the Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA). Many courageous activists in the Philippines have taken on an uphill battle to hold the state, major emitting countries, and corporations accountable. Tireless, they demand justice especially for the marginalized sectors of society who contributed the least but suffer the most from climate crisis. The rise of authoritarian regimes poses additional threats in the struggle for climate justice. One of the activists is Mitzi Jonelle Tan of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP). Her hopes lie with the people fighting for justice and concrete action to limit the rise of the global average temperature, a fight in which “every second counts; every fraction of a degree matters.”
Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a prominent Philippine climate activist. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of the Philippines, among others. In her international advocacy, Tan makes sure that voices from the Global South are especially heard, amplified, and given space. A strong voice on anti-imperialism, anti-colonization, and the intersectionality of the climate crisis, she is committed to changing the system and building a world that prioritizes people and planet, not profit, through collective action.
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