Climate Justice Campaign
Man-made climate change is unleashing disastrous weather across the globe. The Filipino way of life is harmed by the frequency of super typhoons, altered rainfalls and rising sea levels. Pollution from factories and industrial countries like the United States are making people and the planet sick. The climate crisis deepens problems of poverty because the most vulnerable communities already lack resources to weather environmental and economic changes.
Climate justice points us to solutions that restore ecological balance, open opportunities for a sustainable economy and honor the interdependence of people for strength. We reject false solutions that create more problems than they solve.
FACES is on a path to explore climate solutions from the Philippines to the US and back. We value the wisdom of farmers and nurses in our families. We draw strength from the resilience they’ve built into our culture of growing food and healing our communities. In our changing world, we turn to our roots for inspiration.
Chevron Accountability Campaign
Since 2006, FACES has actively joined with grassroots communities in Metro Manila who are fighting for relocation, reparations and cleanup of a polluting oil depot in Metro Manila, owned by the California-based Chevron and its partners Shell and Petron. An estimated 83,000 residents are impacted by the hazardous Pandacan oil depot, in a residential district in the heart of Metro Manila. Philippine civil society and environmental groups are actively campaigning for the relocation of the massive depot for years, out of concerns for their health, safety, and environment.
FACES launched the Chevron Campaign in partnership with Manila-based groups like Advocates for Environmental and Social Justice (AESJ), who are leading local efforts for the responsible relocation of the depot. The campaign has worked to conduct research on the company, health impacts, and case studies; build alliances with sister communities impacted by Chevron operations; directly pressure Chevron to heed the concerns of Manila residents; and raise public awareness and pressure around the issue through workshops, petitions, and peaceful actions.
Most recently, FACES has joined with the True Cost of Chevron coalition, bringing together the stories and fight of fenceline communities from across California and the US, Nigeria, Ecuador, Burma, Kazakhstan, Iraq, and more, http://www.truecostofchevron.com.
Bases Clean-Up Campaign
When the U.S. military closed down its bases in the Philippines in 1992, they left behind toxic contamination that is now seeping into the environment, threatening the lives of thousands of people in surrounding communities. Today, more than one hundred people have died from illnesses believed to be linked to the toxic waste. Despite calls by community and environmental groups for U.S. accountability, the United States refuses to take responsibility for this environmental tragedy.
After nearly a century of military operations in the Philippines, the US military left behind sites contaminated with toxic solvents, pesticides, asbestos, heavy metals, unexploded ordnance and other hazardous substances. The health effects of some of these hazardous wastes are readily seen, as in those victims suffering from asbestosis or wounds from detonated ammunition. A health survey, released in 1998, shows that communities closest to toxic sites report higher rates of reproductive, kidney, and nervous system disorders.
It is unconscionable that the US, with full knowledge of the danger of military contamination and while willing to protect those in developed countries, is unwilling to help the Philippines, a country with few financial and technical resources to conduct a comprehensive cleanup. Filipino Americans can rectify this environmental injustice by pressuring the US government to meet its moral and legal obligations to clean up its former military bases.