Greenpeace Southeast Asia

This is not yet the end… by Chuck Baclagon
June 25, 2008, 6:07 am
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We all felt hopeful by the time the Rainbow Warrior has faded down into the horizon off to continue the struggle for a greener and peaceful future that’s free from coal.

Looking back we cannot help but feel hope at the prospect of freedom from coal. Two days before the Philippine Independence Day we lit the night sky of the Jaro Cathedral grounds in Iloilo to manifest our aspirations as beacons of hope and it is with the departure of the Rainbow Warrior that we are hopeful that the candle lights that illuminated that dark night sky has sparked a flame that would carry on until genuine and lasting freedom from coal is realized.

This is not yet the end…

Stay tuned for the Rainbow Warrior’s arrival in Thailand…

Chuck Baclagon

In the eye of the storm – or the effects of burning coal by Chuck Baclagon

What an end to our Quit Coal ship tour in the Philippines… After talking about the effects of Climate Change on the Philippines for several weeks, I experienced them first hand with “Frank” or internationally better known as Typhoon Fengshen. The Rainbow Warrior left just in time from the island of Boracay where we had launched the “Save the Climate, save Boracay” initiative with local resorts. Just hours later the typhoon struck the island.

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From the climate defenders camp to the the funders of coal by Chuck Baclagon
June 18, 2008, 6:17 am
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Sorry but my last entry didn’t show up on the website (internet doesn’t always work on the ship). So I give you again an overview of the last days.

When the sun rose on Monday morning I climbed into one of the inflatables from the Rainbow Warrior and headed with mixed feelings towards the Climate Defenders Camp on the shore.

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Metrobank: Save the Climate! by Chuck Baclagon
June 17, 2008, 6:20 am
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Taking the easy way out… by Chuck Baclagon

News came about of intimidation from Panay Power Corporation (PPC), wherein their men harassed the Greenpeace Climate Defenders Camp in Barangay Ingore, Iloilo City, Philippines and endangered the safety of peaceful activists.

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Facing the pro coal villagers by Chuck Baclagon
June 15, 2008, 6:31 am
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Have you ever been surrounded by 20 people shouting at you in a language you don’t understand? Quite scary. Yesterday in the early hours of the evening the pro coal chief of the village next to our camp had organized his relatives to come to the camp and shout their pro coal messages. The atmosphere seemed tense.

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Day two at Climate Defenders Camp, Bgy Ingore, Iloilo City by Chuck Baclagon

Greenpeace yesterday established their Climate Defenders Camp at the exact site of a proposed coal-fired power plant in Barangay Ingore, Iloilo City. The camp consists of a tower and tents on a seaside area that was previously used for fish ponds but now allocated for the said coal plant. Banners with messages saying ‘Quit Coal, Save the Climate’ and ‘Coal causes Climate Change’ are hung around the camp, located a few kilometers away from the center of the city. Since yesterday, Greenpeace activists who are staying in the camp have been transmitting messages and images of the protest to a global audience and seek support to stop the proposed coal-fired power plant. The activists are joined by local volunteers, representatives from RISE (Responsible Ilonggos for Sustainable Energy), and crew from the organization’s flagship Rainbow Warrior, currently in the Philippines for its ‘Quit Coal – Save the Climate’ ship tour. The Rainbow Warrior is anchored near the Climate Defenders Camp, providing support to Greenpeace volunteers on the ground.
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Save the Climate – Quit Coal in Iloilo, Philippines by Chuck Baclagon
June 13, 2008, 6:45 am
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Do you remember the movie “The day after tomorrow” ? When I watched it a shudder ran through me and I felt helpless with this dooms day atmosphere in relation to Climate Change. Entering the climate defenders camp this morning here in Iloilo, Philippines in the area of a proposed coal fired power plant, reveals a completely different picture; laughter, colourful flags and banners all around the site, happy but tired Greenpeace activists are working to improve the camp and an atmosphere of peace prevails.

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From the Solar Cafe Point of View by Chuck Baclagon

We arrived on site early in the morning to set up the Solar Cafe, our venue for engaging the community in what we were doing at the proposed coal plant site. From a distance I could see the volunteer-filled inflatables waiting by the coastline, and the sight of the approaching Rainbow Warrior and all that it stood for still made me catch my breath, even as I was apprehensive about how the first few hours would turn out. Somehow the shipís presence gave me reassurance that everything was going to be okay, that our teams would be safe, and that we would be able to deliver our message loud and clear.

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Happy Independence Day! by Chuck Baclagon
Greenpeace volunteer and celebrity Angel Aquino visits the Climate Defenders Camp in Iloilo City.

Greenpeace volunteer and celebrity Angel Aquino visits the Climate Defenders Camp in Iloilo City.

Actress, model and longtime Greenpeace advocate Angel Aquino celebrates Independence Day with Greenpeace’s Climate Defenders Camp.

I find this quote from Bill Pullman in from the movie Independence Day quite timely:

“We will not go quietly into the night!” We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

Chuck Baclagon