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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.

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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


Solidarity night against coal by Chuck Baclagon
June 11, 2008, 6:53 am
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We were all in high hopes as music from Noel Cabangon and other local artists filled the halls of the Pius XII Catechetical School in Iloilo for a solidarity concert that was held with the local coal opposition in Iloilo, and what made it extra special is that as we were about to start news came that the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading on the Renewable Energy Bill that would expedite the development of renewable and indigenous energy sources, a wonderful night indeed….

Chuck Baclagon


Go not gently into the night by Chuck Baclagon
June 10, 2008, 6:55 am
Filed under: Stop climate change
Freedom from coal candle lighting ceremony in Jaro Cathedral

Freedom from coal candle lighting ceremony in Jaro Cathedral

In two days the Philippines will be remembering its day of independence from Spain a little more than a century ago. In line with that we thought it fitting also for the Filipinos, more specifically the Ilongos to declare once again freedom not from tyranny or imperial oppression but from the greatest threat facing humanity today: climate change upon which coal is the greatest culprit.

So there in the quiet of the night we along with people from the community and the church we solemnly lit candles symbolizing our opposition living out the famous lines of Dylan Thomas’ poem that reads: “Do not go gentle into that good night…
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Day 5: Slow day… by Chuck Baclagon
June 9, 2008, 7:03 am
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Monday was a slow day for us at the cam having camped inside a church compound, there were very few people who came to visit the camp, especially since its also a holiday and as the average ‘church folk’ knows Monday is the time for parish people to rest since their peak day in the week is Sunday.
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Day3: Hurray the navy has arrived! by Chuck Baclagon

Do you still remember those war movies with scenes that have the protagonists surrounded by their enemies and then all of a sudden the cavalry arrives and then the tables are turned and the heroes are now on the winning side of the battle?

In a way that’s what we felt now that the Rainbow Warrior has arrived.

The day was greeted with hope that what has been so far accomplished since the ship’s arrival here in the Philippines for our Quit Coal Tour will be replicated in this leg of the tour.

Chuck Baclagon