Help Me Get to the Philippines with REC Solidarity Trip!
Organized by: Berenice Tompkins
In wake of the Paris negotiations, where the countries most responsible for climate change refused adequate support to those most in peril, we know that international solidarity isn’t going to come from our political leaders. We need to create it for ourselves. Starting next week, I have the incredible opportunity to learn more about how we do that! On June 1st, the Responsible Endowments Coalition will be bringing a group of youth climate justice organizers on a trip to the Philippines to learn more about what global solidarity looks like and how we can practically incorporate it into our organizing. Please read more about the goals of the trip and our itinerary here: https://endowmentethics.nationbuilder.com/donate_student_so… Many of you know that I am working on a project focused on uplifting the human stories of climate change. This trip is a chance for us as climate justice organizers to see the human impacts of climate change in one of the world’s most vulnerable countries. We’ll be developing relationships with frontline communities and organizations and taking ongoing leadership from them in our future work. We’ll also bring home inspiration from a place with a long and vibrant history of resistance and resilience. It is particularly important that we American activists work in solidarity with Filipino climate and political justice movements. Not only is the US one of the largest contributors of global greenhouse gas emissions and the Philippines very vulnerable to climate change, but the American government and American corporations have left the Philippines a legacy of sociopolitical and environmental colonialism of which climate change is the latest and perhaps most devastating episode. Destruction and exploitation can only be stopped in the Philippines and other parts of the Global South if we Americans are holding our own government and corporations accountable. On a personal level, I’m very excited to develop an organizing relationship with the Philippines because my Filipino fellow pilgrims on the People’s Pilgrimage taught me some of my first lessons on what it means to be a climate justice ally. I hope to gain greater context and appreciation for their courageous work and learn how I can meaningfully support it. In order to participate in the trip, I will need to raise the money to cover my international and domestic travel expenses. Please message me if you or your organization is interested in supporting any portion of the cost (Please contact me rather than donating through the website, as I am fundraising separately to cover my personal participation). I’ll beam all the solidarity wisdom we receive your way through frequent updates, report-backs when I arrive home, and potentially training. Let’s embody the concept of “one earth, one human family” and fill the void left by our governments by taking responsibility and showing love in action ourselves! Love, Berenice