Amid the Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) aftermath, Philippines representative for climate change Nadarev ‘Yeb’ Saño attended the new round of global talks in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference held in Poland. He broke down and cried as he pleaded for haste to cut Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
Saño stated before the United Nations members, “Super typhoon Haiyan was nothing we have ever experienced before, or perhaps nothing that any country has ever experienced before.”
He also noted that the government exerted massive efforts to prevent the occurrence of casualties from the devastating typhoon Yolanda, it’s just that the force was too powerful. “Science tells us that simply, climate change will mean more intense tropical storms,” he said, fearing that Yolanda will not be the last.
“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,” he added. “We can take drastic action now to ensure that we prevent a future where super typhoons are a way of life.”
According to experts, Yolanda is the most powerful typhoon in the world this year, and it is world’s strongest storm to make landfall ever recorded in the history. It is feared that the typhoon have taken 10,000 people’s lives, and Sano is among those who are still waiting for updates on loved ones.
Saño shared that he hails from Leyte. So far, he just heard from his brother, but still waiting for a word from his own relatives. “In the last two days, he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands. He is hungry and weary as food supplies find it difficult to arrive,” he added.
He was given a standing ovation for his tearful speech.
The head of the UNFCCC, Christiana Figueres pushed progress at the fractious talks in the midst of disastrous global warming’s new warnings when the Filipino representative made an emotional speech and decided for voluntary fasting, until a tangible result is yielded. This will include the planned money pledges worth $100-billion for Green Climate Fund to disburse resources and cope with climate change.
“What happens in this stadium (venue) is not a game. There are not two sides but the whole of humanity. There are no winners and losers, we all either win or lose in the future we make for ourselves,” Figueres said.
“The recent very painful events of cyclone Haiyan have reminded the countries gathered here of the urgency of coming to a resolution of how all countries are going to collaborate with each other to address climate change in a timely manner.”
The UN target on global average warming is limiting it to two degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and scientists believe that we can avoid worst effects of climate change.
The goal can be achieved by curbing emissions of heat-trapping gasses from burning fuel that provides the world’s energy supply today.