Piglas Batangas! Piglas Pilipinas!

On May 4: Anti-coal communities converge in Batangas City to advance their demand for the cancellation of all plans, permits and construction of coal-fired power plants in Batangas and the rest of the country.

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  1. The march began early in the morning at 5:30am. The Philippines has been experiencing extreme heat and drought lately. So part of the reason to start early was to escape the afternoon sun.
  2. Photo by Veejay Villafranca @vjvillafranca. Batangas City, Philippines May 4, 2016 - An estimated 10,000 people from different environmental and religious groups joins local residents of Batangas province in a march against a proposed coal plant to be built in the town to add to the 4 operational coal plants in the area. The Philippine government is part of the COP21 agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 2020 thus reducing the global temperature by 1.5 degrees celsius. Several local governments in the country including Batangas started exploring the benefits of renewable energy such as solar energy with hopes that bigger private corporations will invest more funds yo tap into renewable energy sources which the Philippines is very much rich of. There are 8 other proposed coal plants set in the province. #climatechangeisreal #renewableenergy #notocoal #climatechange #everydayphilippines #everydayclimatechange #rechargeph #icsc #greenpeacepix #philippines #asia
    Photo by Veejay Villafranca @vjvillafranca. Batangas City, Philippines May 4, 2016 - An estimated 10,000 people from different environmental and religious groups joins local residents of Batangas province in a march against a proposed coal plant to be built in the town to add to the 4 operational coal plants in the area. The Philippine government is part of the COP21 agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 2020 thus reducing the global temperature by 1.5 degrees celsius. Several local governments in the country including Batangas started exploring the benefits of renewable energy such as solar energy with hopes that bigger private corporations will invest more funds yo tap into renewable energy sources which the Philippines is very much rich of. There are 8 other proposed coal plants set in the province. #climatechangeisreal #renewableenergy #notocoal #climatechange #everydayphilippines #everydayclimatechange #rechargeph #icsc #greenpeacepix #philippines #asia
  3. After the march they gathered for a mass led by local Catholic leaders. Many Catholic leaders have been very outspoken against coal, including Archbishop Ramon Arguelles is the Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lipa in the province of Batangas.
  4. After the Mass and talks, they unfurled giant banners
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