Pamalakaya laments: “Green groups not invited in Asian green meet”

Pamalakaya laments: “Green groups not invited in Asian green meet”

The activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Joselito Atienza intentionally kept secret the holding of International Conference on Green Industry in Asia (ICGIA) from environmental groups to avoid getting embarrassed by cause-oriented organizations critical of the government programs on environment and climate change.

“The Philippine government is hosting a green conference minus the green advocates and the affected sectors, and this is the mother of all irony here. What will prevail in the conference is the eternal fetish of big corporations for super profits expressed in green bucks,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

“Something big, which is a matter of life and death for both the people and the environment will take place in the country, but Malacañang and Sec. Atienza preferred to keep it away from the people and advocates of sound environment. Something is really, really fishy here,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader further described the Asian green conference as promotional blitz to convince people that top contributors to climate change like transnational corporations in oil and energy industries are doing their assignment to mitigate the impact of global warming and investing now on earth friendly devices to address the issue of climate change.

“The conference is nothing but a publicity stunt for all time high profiteers and exploiters of the environment. It is a sugar-coating activity to make an impression that multinationals are concern with the environment and that they are doing they best they can to help in fighting climate change, which is not true,” said Hicap.

The event called the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia (ICDGIA) and it will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) from September 9 to 11, 2009 will gather around 1,000 green experts in Asia. The objective of the meeting is to promote and emphasize ecologically sound practices in response to worsening problem of climate change.

Sec. Atienza said the meeting will be attended to by distinguished global and regional leaders, as well as authorities in environment and business. They will be presenting during the conference their knowledge and experiences on “green practices” in commerce.

According to DENR, the 3-day conference is made possible with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission (UNESCO).

The DENR chief also said the ICGIA will be having two high-level roundtable sessions – “Low-Carbon and Resource-Efficient Industrialization: Challenges and Opportunities” and “Policies and Strategies for Resource-Efficient and Low-Carbon Industries.”

Pamalakaya said the proponents and their experts will most likely talk to their own shadows since genuine groups and real people who are affected and stakeholders in the battle against global warming are not invited to share their experiences and proposed alternatives, which run contrary to the principle of super profit advocated by transnational corporations all over the world. #

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