Saturday, November 21, 2015

Boholanos join People’s Pilgrimage for Climate Justice

Tagbilaran City – Some 20 Boholano environmental activists are taking a 99-kilometer journey on foot, from Tagbilaran City to Anda, Bohol on the November 27-29, 2015 to call for 100% Clean Energy and walk in solidarity with the People's Pilgrimage to the Paris climate talks.

The pilgrimage which the group calls Bagtas Lunhaw: Bohol Climate Walk 2015, will begin in Kilometer 0 at the Tagbilaran Plaza Rizal on November 27 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. They will have a sleepover stop in Loay on the first day, and in Garcia Hernandez on Day 2, November 28. Midday breaks are pinned in Dimiao and Duero, on the 1st and 2nd day, respectively. Brown bag sessions on climate crisis, the climate talks and papal encyclical Laudato Si will be held along the way.

Their estimated time of arrival in Anda will be around 7-8PM on Sunday, November 29, where a short ecumenical ritual will take place to cap the pilgrimage.

In a position statement released by the Bagtas Lunhaw conveners, they’re bringing the global call for sustainable and renewable sources of energy to Bohol.

“It’s time to transition to clean energy alternatives that could meet all our energy needs without the danger of running out or harming all life on the island. Solar, wind, or hydro, Bohol’s potential for a clean and efficient energy system is boundless”, the statement says. “We call on the government and the private sector to support and invest in 100% clean energy.”

The People's Pilgrimage is a worldwide movement of people – of all faiths and none – who are taking their own journeys, big and small, to visit the places at the heart of the climate crisis at risk or affected already, or places that demonstrate inspiring solutions for a fossil-free future.

Naderev “Yeb” Saño, former climate envoy of the Philippines, spearheads the main pilgrimage – a historic 1,500-kilometer walk from Rome, Italy to Paris, France where the United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP21, the annual meeting of all countries which want to take action for the climate, takes place this November 30 to December 11. Janos Pasztor, the UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, describes the COP21 as ‘turning point to a low-emission, climate-resilient future’.

The People’s Pilgrimage is launched by Our Voices, a multifaith climate network. For more information on the People’s Pilgrimage, visit

The Bohol Climate Walkers will be posting updates on their journey in their Facebook Page:

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