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Philippine Delegate Won’t Eat Until We Have Meaningful Climate Action

Philippine Delegate Won’t Eat Until We Have Meaningful Climate Action

Although we heard precious little about the super typhoon before it struck, by now, most of us have heard about the devastation in the Philippines. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded in human history, the typhoon is believed to have killed an estimated 10,000 people.

According to the people of the Philippines, this storm was no accident. They believe they world’s refusal to take action on climate change fueled the storm, and they believe that has to change. NOW.

Right now, world leaders are gathered in Warsaw for yet another round of climate talks. Normally, this wouldn’t even be worth mentioning, since UN meetings of this type have never resulted in any sort of binding agreement. But this year, the typhoon has changed things.

Out of desperation for action, the Philippine delegate to the UN climate talks is fasting in hopes of driving home the urgency of the issue.

“I will voluntarily refrain from eating food (during the conference) until a meaningful outcome is in sight,” Naderev Sano, the Philippines’ Climate Commissioner, said of the devastation of Haiyan that, he noted, had left many hungry.

Sano’s address to the assembly was emotional and heart-breaking.

“I speak for my delegation, but I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm. I speak also for those who have been orphaned by the storm. I speak for the people now racing against time to save survivors and alleviate the suffering of the people affected. We can take drastic action now to ensure that we prevent a future where super typhoons become a way of life.”

Sadly, this isn’t the first time Sano has plead with the delegates for action following a climate-fueled storm in his homeland.

“Saņo also made a heartfelt appeal to the climate convention at Doha last year, right after the Philippines had been hit by Typhoon Bopha. ‘It is not about what our political masters want, it is about what is demanded of us by 7 million people,” he said at that time. “Please, no more delays, no more excuses,’” reports the Huffington Post

The speech was met with a standing ovation, but will it truly spur the delegates to commit to quantifiable action against climate change? Will it convince the governments of their respective countries to immediately cut back on fossil fuel use, and put every available dollar toward the development of solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy sources that won’t kill our world?

If history serves, the answer, tragically, is no.

Read more: How You Can Help Typhoon Victims and Why This Shows Weve Got To Fight Climate Change

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4:38PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

My apologies. I ran out of room and got cut off without warning. Here's the remainder of the incomplete excerpt:

"The key sticking point considered a basic issue: should both rich and poor nations be obliged to come forward with emissions reduction targets in time for a crunch conference in Paris next year when a historic global deal on the climate is supposed to be signed? If successful, the deal would come into force in 2020, and would govern emissions levels through the following decade and beyond."

Please read the article in its entirety by clicking on the following link: Warsaw climate talks set to reach deal to agree targets on emissions cuts

Here's another excerpt from an article from NBC - Science:
"Top climate scientists say in a new report that industrial carbon emissions need to be kept below a cumulative total of 1 trillion tons to avoid dangerous climate change — and they note that humanity has already used up more than half that allotment."

To read the full article, please click on the following link:
Top scientists urge cap on carbon emissions to limit climate change

Please feel free to share any evidence you have that

4:28PM PST on Nov 30, 2013

With regard to the commenter who stated:

"This is a really stupid and misguided protest.The climate is what it is and we can't change it no matter what we do.And destroying our economies will only make it harder to mitigate what the earth does."

No, that's not true, because our climate is also affected by outside influences. Please read the excerpt from an article titled "Warsaw climate talks set to reach deal to agree targets on emissions cuts" which appeared in the Guardian just this week:

"Marathon talks on a new global agreement on climate change looked likely to end on Saturday night in a partial deal that would require all countries to come forward with targets on curbing their greenhouse gas emissions within a little over a year.

The deal looked likely to be struck after a fortnight of negotiations ran into an unscheduled extra day because countries could not agree on a timetable for setting clear national targets on cuts in carbon.

There were angry scenes and bitter rows, underlining the difficulty of getting all of the world's 190 or so countries to agree on a way forward to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. This conference was meant to lay the groundwork for a potential new global deal on climate, to be negotiated within two years.

The key sticking point considered a basic issue: should both rich and poor nations be obliged to come forward wi

4:27PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Yeb is our only voice as our representative from the Philippines. I just hope and pray that the world will take action regarding "climate change". If today we were hit by that devastating typhoon, tomorrow will be another problem and each and every one of us are not safe. There's no more "safe" word here. WE can't use the word "safe" anymore if we are talking about that.

12:57PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

A brave man with great integrity.

5:47AM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Thanks for the article.

1:28AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing

5:38PM PST on Nov 23, 2013

My admiration and respect to the ones who take a stand without opening their mouths. God bless.

10:36AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Making a stand, respectfully.

4:43AM PST on Nov 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:42AM PST on Nov 18, 2013

I wish him luck but I doubt it will make any difference. The sad truth is that governments and global corporations do not care about climate change. That is, unless they can make money from it.

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