By Analou De Vera
A Catholic prelate has urged the government to listen and take into account the views of the young people, especially on environmental issues.
“Nananawagan po ako na sana pakinggan natin ang boses ng ating mga kabataan, kasi sila naman talaga ang kinabukasan,” said Diocese of San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Seminaries during an interview on Church-run Radyo Veritas.
Alminaza lauded the participation of some Filipino youth organizations last Friday on the Climate Youth Strike, a worldwide initiative that calls on to take action on climate change.
“Salamat sa inyong aktibong pakikilahok sa Climate Strike natin kase, mahalaga ito, nakasalalay dito yung inyong kinabukasan,” he said.
“Sana nga marami ang sumama at sumama lalo sa mga gawain na ganito para sa pag-iingat ng ating kalikasan kasi ang pagpapahalaga natin sa ating kalikasan ay pagpapahalaga rin sa ating mga mahal sa buhay,” the prelate added.
The Climate Youth Strike initiative was held in Tacloban, Bacolod, Pampanga, Ilocos Norte, Negros Occidental, Mindanao, and Manila.
Meanwhile, youth organization ‘Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan’ said that climate change “continues to accelerate — with its effects only increasing in severity.”
“It is a phenomenon that takes the lives of entire species, destroys communities, harms the most marginalized in society, and can soon destroy all hope for a future that is free from oppression and injustice,” the group said.
‘It is a phenomenon that we must act on now if we dream of a better society that works for all rather than the privileged few,” it emphasized.