September 7, 2018

Climate activists stage hologram virtual march, call for climate action

QUEZON CITY, September 6, 2018 — Climate activists from 350.org today conducted a virtual march to project the photos more than 500 frontline communities, activists, students, artists, churchgoers, and other advocates for climate action at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Memorial in Quezon City.

The virtual march is part of the Rise For Climate global day of action on September 8, which includes over 700 other actions in 88 countries. On Saturday, sectors will be staging a Rise for Climate march at the Quezon City Elliptical Road while a renewable energy company will be holding a Climate & Cocktails talk at the Batala Bar in Makati.

Braving the monsoon rains volunteers from 350 Pilipinas projected the images of more than 500 frontline communities, activists & other climate justice advocates in a virtual march as a build up to the upcoming global #RiseForClimate day of action. Photo: AC Dimatatac

“People are rising up around the world to demand real climate leadership from all levels of government. The virtual march is our way of showing how people everywhere are committed to a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all,” said Chuck Baclagon, a 350.org campaigner.

The virtual march is a hologram protest that bridges online and offline activism by collecting photos through online submissions, and loading it into a Pixelstick a digital rod that projects light images for long exposure photography. Aside from online submissions, the photos came from the more than 30 communities and organizations engaged by 350.org.

Rise for Climate is being held days before the Global Climate Action Summit, a gathering of mayors and local governments, business and civil society in San Francisco, California on September 12-14 September. It aims to showcase climate action taking place around the world, and inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments.

“Real climate leadership is coming from people on the frontlines of the climate crisis, demanding that governments likewise rise up to the challenge. Countries must ramp up their Paris Agreement pledges to reduce emissions and help vulnerable communities adapt to the already worsening impacts of climate change,” Baclagon said.

“Real climate leadership means power in the hands of people not corporations. It means economic opportunity for workers, and justice and dignity for frontline communities that are the hardest hit by the impacts of the fossil fuel industry and a warming world,” he added.

Full list of participating communities, organizations and institutions:

  • AGHAM – Advocates of Science and Technology for the People
  • Asia Pacific College Tourism Management Society
  • Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development
  • Break Free From Plastic
  • CEED – Center for Energy, Ecology and Development
  • Center for Environmental Concerns – Philippines
  • Coal-Free Bataan Movement
  • Ecowaste Coalition
  • Etnikobandido
  • Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
  • Greenpeace Philippines
  • Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Kalikasan
  • KILUSAN para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
  • LAPIS
  • Lilok Foundation, Incorporated
  • Local Autonomous Network
  • Mother Earth Foundation PH
  • Malate Catholic Church, Manila
  • Penuel School of Theology
  • Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc.
  • Philippine Movement for Climate Justice
  • P4P – Power for People Coalition 
  • PUP College of Communication
  • Rice Watch and Action Network
  • Sanlakas
  • UP Club for the Environment & Tourism
  • Trias Philippines
  • 11.11.11