The Philippines emits 0.9 metric tons of carbon per capita. The United States emits 17.6. But the people of the Philippines are now enduring the terrible results of the strongest storm ever measured. Evidence shows that climate change is increasing the frequency and intensity of tropical storms.[1,2,3]
The Philippines' climate chief Naderev "Yeb" Saño is engaged in a hunger strike at the climate talks now underway in Warsaw, Poland. He's protesting the refusal of the United States and other polluting nations to take serious action.
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Saño said in Warsaw:
"To anyone outside who continues to deny and ignore the reality that is climate change, I dare them -- I dare them to get off their ivory towers and away from the comfort of their armchairs. I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes, to see communities confronting glacial floods; to the Arctic, where communities grapple with the fast-dwindling sea ice sheets; the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, the Nile, where lives and livelihoods are drowned; to the hills of Central America, that confront similar monstrous hurricanes; to the vast savannas of Africa, where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce -- not to forget the monstrous storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern Seaboard of North America, as well as the fires that have raged Down Under. And if that is not enough, they may want to see what has happened to the Philippines now."
Let Saño and the people of the Philippines know that we aren't denying reality -- or the demand for justice.
"I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate," he said. "This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food ... until a meaningful outcome is in sight; until concrete pledges have been made to ensure mobilization of resources for the Green Climate Fund ... until the promise of the operationalization of a loss-and-damage mechanism has been fulfilled; until there is assurance on finance for adaptation; until we see real ambition on climate action in accordance with the principles we have so upheld."
Tell the U.S. government that the people of the United States are on the side of the people of the world, the other lifeforms of the world, and the world itself.
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1. Scientific American: Did Climate Change Cause Typhoon Haiyan?
2. Guardian: Is Climate Change to Blame for Typhoon Haiyan?
3. Nation: Yes, Typhoon Haiyan Was Caused by Climate Change
Democracy Now: Stop This Madness
TheRealNews: Filipino Delegate Goes on Hunger Strike
CommonDreams: This Polluter Won't Pay: U.S. Shirks "Climate Justice"
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Philippine Red Cross