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NANAWAGAN ang mga lider ng simbahan at ci­vil society organization sa mga bangko sa Pilipinas na hugutin­ na ang kanilang investment­ sa coal industry bunsod sa epekto ng dirty fuel sa mga tao, sa kalikasan at climate change.

Ang Withdraw from Coal Campaign ay nilun­sad ng mga faith-based organization at environmental advocate­ sa buong Visayas.

Ang kampanya ay pinangunahan nina Bishop Gerry Alminaza ng Diocese of San Carlos, at Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Executive Secretary ng NASSA/Caritas Phili­ppines; Teody Navea ng Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) - Cebu; Gerry Arances, Executive Director ng Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED); Yolly Esguerra, National Coordinator of Philippines Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI); Caryl Pillora, Policy Officer ng Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM); Atty. Gia Ibay, Head ng Climate and Energy Programme of WWF-Philippines; at Rodrigo Montemayor, kinatawan ng coal-affected community sa Toledo.

Inungkat ng grupo na sa Pilipinas, 13 bangko ang nagpautang ng bilyon-bilyong piso sa coal expansion pro­ject mula 2017 hanggang 2019. 54.67% ang pinahiram ng dalawang malaking­ bangko at ginamit sa Therma Visa­yas project­ at Panay Power Station, dala­wang coal-fired­ power plant na nagbubuga ng polusyon sa komunidad ng Toledo City, Cebu at Iloilo.

“These banks, however, have not only been setting us up for greater disaster, they also failed to see that financing coal is toxic even to them. As renewables continue to become even more viable, and as the global response to the climate crisis strengthens with the expected rise of policies res­tricting coal’s playing field, coal is on its way to become mere stranded assets and liabilities.” ayon sa statement ng grupo.

“Today, the Church, civil society organizations, and advocates of clean energy gather to uphold the care of our people and our Common Home by urging Philippine banks still funding coal to cut off the funds which empower coal developers to continue poisoning the Filipino people and the environment.” giit pa nila.

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