Petition from the Philippine' chief negotiator at climate change conference
Like so many of you, I am heartbroken when I look at the images of disaster in the Philippines. It particularly touches me because I spent four months in the Philippines in 1991 and I know of the hard circumstances most people live under even in the best of times. I also know of the hope, resiliency, and strength of the Filipino people. However, this storm is of staggering proportion.
I also know that there are many many needs in our world that demand our attention. Even for people of good heart, it is very difficult to know what to do, how to help. I applaud the efforts and donations which so many have already made. I am writing this message to ask each one of you to do one more thing. It is extremely easy and will just take a few minutes of your time.
Below is the information to sign a petition. Please read it all and then add your name to those calling for substantial assistance and change from the world powers.
We all are in this same boat together. We have the technology and power to accomplish amazing things. It is not a question of what can we do - but of - WHAT DO WE HAVE THE WILL TO DO. Please read the information below, sign the petition, and ask your friends to do the same.
With love and peace,
The worst storm on record has devastated the people of the Philippines, and scientists say climate change fueled it. Leaders are meeting right now to decide whether to pay billions promised to help vulnerable countries recover from and protect against these climate disasters. Money that could go directly to helping the Philippines rebuild. The Filipino negotiator just went on a hunger strike for action and has started a petition on Avaaz -- let's stand with him:
The horror of what's happened in the Philippines is unimaginable. Ten thousand people wiped away by a 25ft wall of water driven by 300km/h winds. A city of 200,000 people looks like a nuclear bomb hit it. It's the worst storm on record, but it's just the beginning, unless we act.
Right now the world's powers are in a global climate conference talking about whether to hand over billions promised to help the most vulnerable amongst us when climate change disasters hit. Yeb Sano, the Philippines' chief negotiator, just addressed the room, tearfully pledging a hunger strike until a real deal is reached to help his family, fellow citizens and all the other most vulnerable nations who are at the most risk for violent storms like this one.
Yeb is standing alone, facing a room of bureaucrats who are doing almost nothing to help. But if we bring the power of our 29 million strong community in to stand with him, we could change the tide and push the richest polluters to pay up now. Click below to make it happen:
Yeb Sano, the climate negotiator for the Philippines, spent hours trying to reach his brother after the storm. He finally found him, part of a crew moving the bodies of victims so relief workers could begin cleanup. After hearing the news he gave an amazingly brave speech to the world's climate delegates, saying:
"I speak for my delegation. But more than that, I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm. I also speak for those who have been orphaned by this tragedy. I also speak for the people now racing against time to save survivors and alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the disaster. We can take drastic action now to ensure that we prevent a future where super typhoons are a way of life... What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw."
We owe it to the victims of Haiyan, and all future storms like it, to think bigger picture than our leaders are. Climate change killed them. And climate change is what we need to stop. A greater commitment to fund climate change management efforts is a key piece in the global deal we desperately need to save the world. And the richest countries have already pledged millions for this effort! So far, almost none of the money promised has arrived, but this can and must change. And the tragedy of the Philippines right in the middle of the climate conference is our chance to make it happen.
Click below to stand with Yeb and his country and with all those who have been and could be victims of climate change disasters:
Yeb ended his speech by writing a pledge to everyone: “In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days, in all due respect Mr. President, and I mean no disrespect for your kind hospitality, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate. This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this COP until a meaningful outcome is in sight." Together, our movement can rise to this challenge, and bring hope to him and his family and generations of our most vulnerable world citizens.
With hope and determination,
Ricken and the whole Avaaz team
PS - This campaign was started by Yeb Sano, chief climate negotiator for the Philippines. Start yours now and win on any issue - local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/
In hard-hit Tacloban, children ripped from arms (CNN)
Typhoon Haiyan: what really alarms Filipinos is the rich world ignoring climate change (The Guardian)
Typhoon Haiyan influenced by climate change, scientists say (Sydney Morning Herald)
Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction 'absolute bedlam' (BBC)
Deadly Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines, Heads for Vietnam (TIME)
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