The Philippines' Search for Climate Justice

Published on Nov 11, 2022


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The fallout from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people, is still rippling through the Philippines. Joanna Sustento, who lost almost her entire family to the disaster, has become an outspoken activist for the principle of "climate justice", arguing that fossil fuel companies should be held accountable for more powerful storms and other problems linked to global warming. Human rights commissioner Roberto Cadiz is leading a major national inquiry into the human rights implications of climate change, which he believes could play a role in increasing legal pressure on global fuel companies. And in Tacloban, the city that received the bulk of the damage from Haiyan, a controversial resettlement drive is underway by the government, to move people away from coastal slum areas vulnerable to typhoons. Residents like Rolly Monteroso say they don't want to live in the distant new settlements built by the government, and would rather take their chances on the coast. This is the fourth short film from my global journey exploring the race to respond to climate change.

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