Quezon City joins world in biggest climate march in history

Officials and residents of Quezon City, Philippines, marched in step with hundreds of thousands all over the world as part of the People's Climate March, dubbed as the "biggest mobilization for climate action in history," on September 21. Under the ICLEI-inspired banner, "People's Climate, Quezon City Commits," the Quezon City march took place only hours before its Mayor, Herbert Bautista, would join other ICLEI city mayors at the People's Climate March in New York City.

The mayors would later attend the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, in which the Compact of Mayors, a historic partnership between the world's preeminent city networks to combat climate change, would be announced by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg.

In an earlier statement, Mayor Bautista said: "Climate change and disaster risk mitigation are more than buzzwords for the Quezon City Government. They underpin the social and economic frameworks for development. The strategies and tools made available to lessen the vulnerabilities of the people in our city to these twin challenges are constantly evolving, drawing lessons from the best
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (right) at the People's Climate March in New York City.

practices of cities sharing the same advocacy in other parts of the world. Participating in the Carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) is one of our important local links to global actions and learning experiences."

In Quezon City, the march was led by City Councilor Allan Reyes, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department Head, Ms. Frederika Rentoy, and Parks Development and Administration Department Head, Engr. Zaldy dela Rosa. They were joined by partners from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, a national government agency, as well as members of the local communities organized by the Barangay Operations Center and employees of the City Government.

As a concrete action to mitigate the impacts of climate change, a tree planting activity was also held after the march in all the 142 local communities in Quezon City.

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