Statement of the Youth on the Environment
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STATEMENT OF THE YOUTH ON THE FUTURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
The Philippine Constitution says that "the State shall protect and advance the right of the people to a balanced and healthful ecology in accord with the rhythm and harmony of nature."
Clearly, our Constitution protects the right of every Filipino to a clean and healthy environment.
However, the Government has allowed mining near rivers and streams, affecting water tables and putting our communities eternally at risk. It has likewise allowed mining in natural forests, destroying plants and animals that are our people's sources of food, medicine, clean air, and clean water.
This is not right! The economic prosperity of a few does not outweigh the right of our citizens. This is not the country that we and future generations deserve. The government has been remiss in its duty to the people and it will continue to do so if we fail to call its attention to this injustice.
We acknowledge President Duterte’s statement to make the mining industry accountable and aid him in his call to compensate the farmers, fisher folk, and affected communities that have been suffering for so long.
We are heartened by his stance on the well being of the people and his willingness to counter business interests if their operations cause suffering to our people.
We urge the Filipino people to take action now. We must make our voices heard. We must stand up for ourselves to demand for social justice. We must fight for the environment, country, and our future generations.
- KABATAAN PARA SA KINABUKASAN NG KALIKASAN (KKK)
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