Target: Delegate Naderev Saño
Goal: Support Philippines delegate’s efforts to make meaningful progress at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Philippines delegate Naderev Saño announced that he would commence a hunger strike until the committee made meaningful changes towards addressing climate change. He will be mounting the hunger strike alongside others in the Philippines who are growing hungry because of a scarcity of supplies in the nation. He pleaded for the world and the delegates at the conference to take note of the destruction Typhoon Haiyan wrecked upon his nation. During the next ten days, the government negotiators will make decisions about what to do to avert dire consequences from climate change.
Saño pleaded with the delegates to make connections between the natural disasters affecting the world and climate change, and challenges those who do not believe the planet is in peril. “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of 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 polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and 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,” he said in an emotional plea to the delegates.
Saño then tells of his brother, who spent three days pulling up dead bodies from the debris and slowly growing hungry because supplies aren’t being delivered to his island. His plea reflects the same speech that was given at the Warsaw conference, where the same message was delivered when Typhoon Bohpa hit Doha, Qatar in 2012. Very little has been done on climate change since, and this distresses the Philippines delegate even more. A second typhoon recently hit the nation, and while it wasn’t as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, it is another warning sign of things to come should climate change not be reversed. Sign this petition and support this man’s cause.
Dear Delegate Naderev Saño,
Do not give up. Please continue to press the negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference to make meaningful changes, like raising the standards on emissions or making their factories go green. What they decide to do could save or destroy our planet. It breaks my heart that we continue to have such devastating storms and yet our governments do nothing to stop them.
Continue to be the voice of those who are suffering, and continue to fight for change. I hope that your people in the Philippines will receive the aid they desperately need, and never have to face such a horrific storm ever again. I fully support you and dearly hope that our countries will do everything in their power to reverse the effects of climate change.
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