No Justice without “us”

Often times, we as individuals are encouraged to do our part in mitigating climate change. We are taught to practice the 3R’s, segregating our waste, avoiding plastics, among other practices. This isn’t what we learned from our internship in PMCJ. Instead, we realized through our tasks and research that it goes beyond individual efforts in mitigating climate change. Because the facts show that the bulk of pollution does not come from the individuals, but from corporations and businesses that have bad environmental practices. Their economic actions may have benefits to the country in terms of provision of goods and services, however, they also incur social costs that hurt the people, especially the marginalized. And it is this injustice that PMCJ addresses through its initiatives and efforts.

Climate change is said to be inevitable, but it doesn’t mean we just let it happen at these speeds. If we don’t reprimand and hold accountable the big organizations, businesses, and countries even, who contribute to the greenhouse gases in the air (as well as other pollutants in the land, sea, and sky) which causes the abnormal changes in our climate which in turn, phenomena like typhoons will be even more destructive.  Huge entities like these share an equally huge portion of the carbon emissions around the world and yet the ones paying for it and who are suffering from the repercussions of their actions, are those most vulnerable. This is what the survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda have realized. That maybe the typhoon wouldn’t have been as devastating and as destructive as it was had it not been for these big organizations, businesses, and countries’ awful practices. And now we realize this too.

As climate change and other environmental problems continue to permeate our world, it is needed that we have people fighting with us. PMCJ is one of the many organizations that choose to stand up against these corporations who continue to contribute to environmental degradation. One of their amazing feat is being the first to file a complaint against IFC and RCBC for 19 coal power plant projects in the Philippines. This is something that marks change in our history in terms of our environment which is something that PMCJ should be proud of. Aside from this, our group was amazed in the organization’s other campaigns such as adaptation, climate finance, and the like. Through studies, we also discovered that choosing to invest in renewable energy technology instead of continuing the use of coal is much more economically beneficial in the long run. These campaigns, studies and articles made us more aware on why we should be proactive now in sparking change for our environment.

Overall, time with PMCJ was not just for experience as interns but also to learn more about the impact of climate change to the world. PMCJ taught us work-related tasks but more importantly, they taught us about our what society can do beyond personal pledges to mitigate climate change.

Group 6 PMCJ:

  1. Jeremy Magpantay, 2016-01387, II-BS Economics
  2. Samantha Louise S. Nepomuceno, 2016-00789, II-BS Business Economics
  3. Kristoffer John Ronald Y. Lobo, 2016-00429, II- BS Economics
  4. Zarah Gondra, 2016-01408, II-BS Economics

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