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PNoy urged to lead energy revolution

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (19 November) -- Environment advocacy group, Greenpeace, is optimistic that President Benigno Aquino III will lead the energy revolution, the campaign that aims for a 50 percent renewable energy by 2020.

Greenpeace communications officer Lea Guerrero said that the group has high hopes on the leadership of Aquino.

"The Philippines has the largest renewable potential and so we hope that it would be the direction we'll take," she said.

The groups is challenging the administration to "Turn the Tide" of dirty development by supporting the pathway toward the Philippines' Energy Revolution.

As its way of encouraging the country, the Greenpeace flagship "Rainbow Warrior" will dock at Makar, Wharf, General Santos City, on November 19. It is part of the "Turn the Tide tour of Southeast Asia".

The visit comes with a message to all ASEAN governments to act on the issue of climate change now. The group hopes to get a commitment from PNoy to take the green development pathway toward energy revolution.

The "Energy revolution" is an evolution in the way energy is produced, distributed and used. A massive uptake of renewable energy, decentralized smart energy grids, and energy efficiency technologies, are keys to mitigating climate change, and the humanitarian crises brought about by its catastrophic impacts.

The conditions in the Philippines make it a clear leader in such an undertaking, with the landmark Renewable Energy Act, and with readily available renewable energy sources. The only obstacles are aggressive lobby efforts by dirty coal power producers, and the lack of political will to challenge this status quo.

Guerrero said that the visit of Rainbow Warrior in General Santos City and Sarangani brings with it a message of a need for a clean, peaceful, sustainable energy solution for Mindanao. (PIAXI) [top]

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