On September 20, we will sound the alarm and demand urgent action from corporations most responsible for the climate crisis.
Southeast Asia is at risk from climate disasters like super typhoons and extreme droughts, and we are already feeling the worst of its impacts. Though we are leading the fight for climate justice, we are running out of time. It’s now or never: governments and industry leaders need to listen and act NOW.
While they profit, we suffer. The climate emergency has caused so much suffering for people in Southeast Asia. More frequent and intense extreme weather like super typhoons and extreme drought have taken away lives and livelihoods, left thousands of families without homes, and destroyed our natural resources. Our poorest sectors, our farmers and fisherfolk, are sinking deeper and deeper into debt. Meanwhile, corporations like Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, BP, and others who are most responsible for climate change which is causing these impacts, are raking in massive profits. They want you to think they’ve made our lives easier, when in fact they’ve been hiding how their business is ravaging the earth and its resources. If we continue to allow these corporations to destroy our climate, we can expect there to be more deaths, displacement, floods, water shortages, epidemics like dengue, and even more poverty. We can’t let this happen!
Climate disasters are also becoming the new normal everywhere else: in the last few years alone, there have been countless droughts, heat waves, wildfires, typhoons in different countries. In June 2019 alone, the hottest June ever recorded, 100 wildfires have burned in the Arctic circle, causing billions of tons of ice to melt in a span of days. This is why millions of us around the world are marching for our future and demanding immediate action to address the global climate crisis. We can no longer allow for delays. We must get corporations to act NOW before this becomes irreversible; this may be the last time we can.