We came together in November 2020
The Asia Climate Rally was organized both online & offline during the Covid-19 pandemic. Online actions were energetic, there was a social media storm and a 4-hour livestream with 30 speakers from more than 10 Asian countries calling for urgent climate action. Created with the intent of inspiring climate solidarity and harnessing Asian resistance, this livestream also features performances from local artists, as well as interactive sessions.
During the beginning of our conception, ACR came out with five demands to pressure our respective governments together with the multinational corporations and institutions.
Climate action NOW!
Ensure urgent implementation of bold climate action that encourages the divestment from climate polluting fossil fuel industries and invest in renewable energy;
Defend environmental defenders and uphold people's democracy!
Protect the lives of our environmental and human rights defenders and actively advocate for climate justice and people’s democracy;
Policies for the people and planet!
Strengthen climate and environmental laws and policies to uphold the holistic health of the people and the environment and repeal environmental destructive laws and policies;
Demand ambition, collaboration, & accountability!
Ramp up our country’s NDCs, accelerate the implementation of measures to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, and demand accountability from big climate polluters because of their contribution to the worsening impacts of the climate crisis while providing spaces for genuine youth participation; and
Towards a just recovery!
Implement proactive efforts to achieve a green and just response to the climate crisis and COVID-19 pandemic on the basis of common but differentiated responsibility and socio-economic justice.
An open letter to Public Development Banks in Asia
ACR also wrote an open letter telling the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Public Development Banks from Asia to turn off the money tap to dirty fossil fuel projects.
The key demands were:
PDBs must stop financing the fossil fuel industry in Asia
PDBs must align policies with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement
PDBs must invest in a resilient future post-pandemic
PDBs must make efforts to focus on the children, the youth and our future by ramping up ambition towards zero emissions
PDBs must invest not only on climate solutions but pandemic-proof social protections to respond to the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 and climate change to indigenous groups, gender groups, and the historically marginalized.