On Monday, the first day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Philippines' delegate Naderev Saño gave a moving speech about Typhoon Haiyan -- and his personal connections to his hometown, Tacloban, where the “hellstorm” made landfall. Calling on the delegates to come to a resolution in Warsaw, Saño concluded saying he is on a hunger strike until a change is made.
Saño said, "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." His hunger strike is a challenge: it's a signal for UN Climate Change delegates to step up to the plate. It's a charge for all of us to understand that the horrific effects of climate change aren't just about the Philippines today, but really about all of us every day. And it's a beacon reminding us that our collective humanity depends on our ability to turn the climate ship around.
Send your words of encouragement and appreciation to Naderev Saño during his COP19 hunger strike.
Saño’s courageous leadership and incredible honesty at COP19 deserve to be lifted up. The Philippines, and the world, needs champions like him as it grapples with our new climate reality.