The Green Thumb Coalition (GTC), representing various civil society and environment organizations, released the ‘Green Thumb Score Card’ – a set of questionnaires about different environmental issues that will be distributed to presidential, vice presidential and senatorial candidates running for the 2016 elections.
The Coalition’s “Ano ang Score ng kandidato mo?” Press Conference raised 50 questions delivered by a group of bikers from GTC which determine the green score cards of the running candidates based on their stance and answer about the issue.
Lipa City, Batangas Archbishop Ramon Arguelles stated, “…ang gusto naming bigyan ng diin sa Batangas at sa buong Pilipinas ay, let this issue be the number one issue sa eleksyon na ito”. The Archbishop is also delighted to see people unite against mining. Ms. Gina Lopez, Chairman of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., affirmed that she will not endorse anyone until the score card is filled. “ …fill up the score cards and afterwards you will see that it is really democracy and science in action”. Ms. Gina Lopez also presented the destruction caused by 24 mining companies in Mindanao. She also showed videos of current electoral candidates who prioritize the environment in their platforms.
Mr. Vince Cinches, Oceans campaigner of Greenpeace South Asia also shared his thoughts about the issue. He stated, “we need to have a very strong president that will address this crisis. There is an urgency for us to put in place, strongly, with our environmental agenda.” The Green Thumb Score Card will further help the voters by publicly presenting the different positions of candidates on biodiversity, natural resources and land use management, sustainable agriculture, human rights and integrity of creation climate justice, mining and extractives management, energy transformation and democracy and people-centered sustainable development.
Electoral candidates will be scored according to their positions and track records. The Coalition stressed the need to discuss about environmental issues , and call on the candidates to present strategies to lead the country for the next six years.
The Green Vote
The recent Green Vote campaign that gathered 10 million votes illustrates that environmental protection is one of the major concerns of the Filipino voters. The Green Vote seeks to address major issues that debilitate our ecosystems, such as mining, dirty energy such as coal, and waste incineration.
In the end, the GTC educates the voters, mobilized communities and hold candidates accountable for their positions, in order to properly identify candidates who have concrete plans for the environment and strategies to fight climate change.
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