Climate change.. Investigation proves companies violate human rights by polluting the environment - Energy

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights has concluded that the most polluters and misinformed the population about the relationship of climate change with that information in which regions, they have a moral and legal obligation to do so; It is a human rights violation.

Seven years ago, a group of typhoon survivors, as well as some local civil society organizations, commissioned the Philippine Commission to conduct an investigation into the blackout by coal, oil, mining and cement production companies on the relationship of their products to the issue of climate change.

Typhoons are seasonal cyclones that occur in tropical climatic regions near the equator in the western Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean, especially in the Philippines.

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A report published a few days ago concluded that “the deliberate obfuscation of climate change information and obstruction of energy transition efforts is leading to these actions adding to the climate-related lawsuits around the world that can be brought,” the Guardian reported.

Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, and some civil society organizations, asked the Philippine Human Rights Commission “Philipino” to conduct an investigation into the role of dozens of companies around the world in polluting the environment and the climate change crisis, describing its effects as human rights.

Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded in the Philippines, killed 6,300 people in 2013.

Drawing on scientific, legal and personal evidence from around the world, the HRC report examines the role played by 47 of the world’s most polluting companies in the climate change crisis.

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Climate changeThe Philippine Human Rights Commission heard from survivors of natural disasters in several countries, starting in the country’s capital, Manila, through the British capital, London, in addition to New York, who sued companies directly on charges of violating human rights, as a result of harming the environment and contributing to climate change.

The Philippine Human Rights Commission report found that most polluting companies around the world bear a moral and legal burden in the climate change crisis, due to deliberate obfuscation of valid climate data and its relationship to their products, and hampering efforts to shift energy towards clean fuels.

He explained that the shareholders of these companies may hold their management accountable for continuing to invest in oil exploration “for the purpose of speculation on a large scale.”

The Philippine Human Rights Commission called on the governments of countries to stop new fossil fuel projects, whether in the field of coal, oil and gas, and to keep them underground, while providing incentives to renewable energy.

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“The PHRC report is a powerful argument for the millions of people whose rights have been violated by polluting corporations and the climate change crises they have caused,” said Yip Sano, CEO of Greenpeace South Asia.

He added, “The report is historic, as it provides a solid legal basis for human rights abuses by companies by harming the climate. The message is clear and says that oil, fossil fuel and cement companies cannot continue to profit at the expense of human rights related to the issue of climate change.”

Although the Human Rights Committee, which found these facts, does not have the authority to activate the findings of its report; The report will contribute to the development of new laws and climate issues in the Philippines.

The report’s summary will also take into account policy makers, legal professionals and climate activists when implementing their campaigns around the world.

So the CEO of the International Center for Environmental Law in America, Carol Moffett, described the findings of the Philippine commission’s report as a watershed moment in the field of litigating those responsible for climate change, as happened earlier with Shell, which was forced by climate advocates to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030.

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