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Pagbangon: Stories of Survival Photo Exhibit Launch

Greenpeace unveils photo exhibit on devastation, survival and hope in the midst of climate change

Manila, Philippines – Greenpeace Philippines, together with the Honorable Senator Grace Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, today launched a photo exhibit at the Philippine Senate entitled Pagbangon: Stories of Survival. The 21-piece photo exhibit aims to highlight the devastation caused by climate change, a grim reality that the Philippines now faces.

“Climate change impacts are increasingly being felt by millions of Filipinos from all demographics. They are now being forced to live and adapt to the onslaught of extreme weather events that continue to hit the country, claiming thousands of lives, damaging infrastructure and hindering our economic growth,” said Climate Change Commissioner Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño. “Beyond resilience, Filipinos must develop a new mindset about the environment, particularly on the worsening of the climate, largely due to our dependence on dirty fossil fuels. We have no recourse but to change the status quo and learn to embrace new ideas and solutions that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, for a more sustainable future to be enjoyed by all Filipinos.”

On display are photos and testimonials of storm survivors from typhoon-ravaged areas of Dolores, Eastern Samar, Tacloban, Leyte and Compostela Valley, Davao. It also features stories of survival and hope complemented by the Filipino’s strength and resiliency, calling for a sustainable future powered by renewable energy.

“In the recent visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, he talked about the challenges of climate change and the need to protect the environment. Let this be a reminder to the public and to our political leaders to preserve and harness the natural resources that the country is blessed with for the present and future generations,” said Amalie Obusan, Country Director of Greenpeace Philippines. Read more… (Source: http://www.greenpeace.org/)

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