Support the people affected by typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan is the second-deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 3,982 people in that country alone. The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the central Philippines, particularly on Samar Island and Leyte. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many have been left homeless.
People were not prepared for the magnitude of a typhoon that has devastated parts of the Philippines.
The Philippines and international armed forces and aid agencies are struggling to get help to devastated areas due to the extent of the destruction, which has left 4 million people displaced.
Yeb Sano calls for help
Lead negotiator of the Philippines, Yeb Sano, delivered an emotional speech at the start of the nineteenth session of the Conference of Parties in Warsaw, Poland.
“Science tells us that simply, climate change will mean more intense tropical storms. As the Earth warms up, that would include the oceans. The energy that is stored in the waters of the Philippines will increase and intensity of typhoons and the trend we now see is that more destructive storms will be the new norm.” – Yeb Sano
Yeb Sano pleaded through tears for the world to give to an already agreed global fund to help the most vulnerable countries mitigate against disaster. He then declared a hunger strike until a deal was done, sending shockwaves across the conference, and receiving a standing ovation.
Avaaz in action
Avaaz.org is rallying for support and calls on us to lend our voices to this cause. With more than 29 million members around the world, Avaaz is in a unique position to get behind Sano’s message and deliver a strong wake-up call to the negotiators in Warsaw. They have influenced international summits, world leaders and our parliaments to get firm action on climate change — now out of the tragedy of Haiyan we can stand with Avaaz and demand the poorest countries get the help they deserve.
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How can we help?
“We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw. Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action.” – Yeb Sano
Haiyan is just the beginning — unless we act now.
Send your message to all the delegates at the Warsaw conference and stand with Sano and the people of the Philippines in their worst time of need.