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Philippine green groups against coal

MANILA (UCAN): Environmental groups in the Philippines marked the Church’s Season of Creation, which runs from September 1 to October 4, with weeklong demonstrations against dirty energy sources in the country. 
Residents from communities near coal mines held simultaneous protest rallies in different parts of the country to dramatise their call for the government to end its “coal obsession.”
Gerry Arances, executive director of the Centre for Energy, Ecology and Development, said the government should hear the “cry of the people” affected by the use of coal as an energy source.
“The rate of disapproval of using coal as our source of energy is clearly equal to the intensity of the impacts and sufferings of the people,” Arances said, adding that it is time to “shift to clean, affordable and renewable energy that can aid people to live their lives better.”
A survey by Pulse Asia in August revealed that 89 per cent of Filipinos prefer the use of renewable energy. 
On September 1, the Catholic Church staged a Walk for Creation to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the opening of the Season of Creation. 
Father Edwin Gariguez, head of Caritas Philippines, reiterated the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’ saying, “We cannot sacrifice the environment over profit that only few would benefit.” 

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