With the recent floods and disasters affecting thousands of Filipinos across the country, the stakes to declare a climate emergency has never been higher. This is why Living Laudato Si’ Philippines, a Catholic lay-initiated movement against coal-fired power plants and other environmentally harmful commercial activities, will be hosting the second annual Philippine Interfaith Summit on Climate Emergency (PISCE).
PISCE is a platform for different religions and religious denominations nationwide to call for divestment from fossil fuels and other environmentally destructive industries. We could significantly reduce the majority of the world’s pollution caused by the energy sector through divestment. (Read: Faith Group Applauds DOE, Calls for Just Transition to Renewable Energy)
“We are called to work together to achieve genuine resilience,” says Rodne Galicha, Executive Director at Living Laudato Si’ Philippines. “Vulnerable peoples communities are paying the price set by the polluters. They must be held accountable. Reparation at all levels is necessary, which should lead to ecological conversion for our common home.”
The representatives attending PISCE play a crucial role in raising their members’ consciousness about the vital role of financial investments in fueling the climate crisis. Through this event, they declare themselves a unified movement that will take collective and strategic action to address the ecological problem. (Read: Asia’s First Laudato Si’ Living Chapel Rises in Romblon Province)
Each religion has its set of doctrines and traditions on the significance of caring for the planet. The event will highlight these through a panel discussion and moderated dialogue on divestment as a moral and spiritual responsibility. Rev. Fletcher Harper, the Executive Director of Greenfaith, will lead the discussion.
PISCE 2020 will occur on November 24, 2020, at 2:00 PM PST through a live Zoom Webinar. You can find more information and register in this website for free. For updates on PISCE 2020, visit and follow @LaudatoSiPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.