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Acceptance Speech for Goldman Prize

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Acceptance Speech for Goldman Prize

Fr. Edwin Gariguez, Ph.D
Executive Secretary, CBCP, NASSA
Co-Founder, Alyansa Laban sa Mina (ALAMIN)
Council of Leaders Member, Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)

April 2012

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  • AGRICULTURE & ECO TOURISM
    No to mining in Palawan AND other
    Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs)
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  • Ang yaman ng Palawan ay yaman ng Pilipinas It is known as the Philippines’ Last Ecological Frontier. It has 40% of our country’s remaining mangrove areas, 30% of our coral reefs, at least 17 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 8 declared Protected Areas (PAs). It is unmatched anywhere in the country.
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  1. 1. ACCEPTANCE SPEECH FOR GOLDMAN PRIZEI came from Mindoro Island, one of the largest food producing provinces in the Philip-pines It is considered the seventh most important biodiversity hotspot in the world.As a Catholic priest, it is my mission to serve the poor and the marginalized, that I dedi-cate myself to development work, and in promoting the rights of the indigenous peoples,the farmers and fisherfolk as well.It is in pursuing this mission of being in solidarity with the poor that my involvement inecological campaign has taken shape. Large-scale mining in the island of Mindoro threat-ens not only the fragile environment, but also the lives and livelihood of the poor andvulnerable.I was taught by the Mangyan indigenous peoples to care for the earth. For them nature islikened to a womb that sustains us with life. One of these leaders is Badang, a Mangyanwoman that went on hunger strike with me. She was ready to die to save the watershedthreatened by mining. For her, once the forest is destroyed, we too will perish. Shehelped me understand that what is at stake in the campaign is the survival of our planet,of which we are merely a part.
  2. 2. Protecting the rights of the poor must take precedence over corporate greed. Genuinedevelopment must prioritize the need to ensure ecological sustainability over marketprofitability. We should never sacrifice people and the environment for short-term ben-efit of the few.I also believe that in our effort to save our environment, we need to promote global soli-darity. We have only one world to care for and to protect, and every small initiative mat-ters.I thank the Goldman Prize for this recognition and support for our advocacy to protectour island ecology. This award is an appreciation of the concerted campaign of the peo-ple of Mindoro, which I proudly represent.                

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