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Religious Influence and Climate Politics in Duterte’s Philippines: Opportunity Lost?

Buckley, David T.

At first glance, the Philippines might seem like a potential poster child for the power of religious actors in shaping climate politics. Surveys indicate a highly religious population. Leaders of the Roman Catholic religious majority and several minority communities have strong local and international motivations for prioritizing climate issues in public life. In addition, there is a tradition of religious voices shaping public debates, from dramatic episodes such as the 1986 People Power Revolution to more mundane influence over areas like education policy.