17 thoughts on “Typhoon Haiyan and global warming

  1. Dear friends,

    The worst storm on record has devastated the people of the Philippines, and scientists say climate change fueled it. Leaders are meeting right now to decide whether to pay billions promised to help vulnerable countries recover from and protect against these climate disasters. Money that could go directly to helping the Philippines rebuild. The Filipino negotiator just went on a hunger strike for action and has started a petition on Avaaz — let’s stand with him:

    The horror of what’s happened in the Philippines is unimaginable. Ten thousand people wiped away by a 25ft wall of water driven by 300km/h winds. A city of 200,000 people looks like a nuclear bomb hit it. It’s the worst storm on record, but it’s just the beginning, unless we act.

    Right now the world’s powers are in a global climate conference talking about whether to hand over billions promised to help the most vulnerable amongst us when climate change disasters hit. Yeb Sano, the Philippines’ chief negotiator, just addressed the room, tearfully pledging a hunger strike until a real deal is reached to help his family, fellow citizens and all the other most vulnerable nations who are at the most risk for violent storms like this one.

    Yeb is standing alone, facing a room of bureaucrats who are doing almost nothing to help. But if we bring the power of our 29 million strong community in to stand with him, we could change the tide and push the richest polluters to pay up now. Click below to make it happen:


    Yeb Sano, the climate negotiator for the Philippines, spent hours trying to reach his brother after the storm. He finally found him, part of a crew moving the bodies of victims so relief workers could begin cleanup. After hearing the news he gave an amazingly brave speech to the world’s climate delegates, saying:

    “I speak for my delegation. But more than that, I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm. I also speak for those who have been orphaned by this tragedy. I also speak for the people now racing against time to save survivors and alleviate the suffering of the people affected by the disaster. We can take drastic action now to ensure that we prevent a future where super typhoons are a way of life… 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.”

    We owe it to the victims of Haiyan, and all future storms like it, to think bigger picture than our leaders are. Climate change killed them. And climate change is what we need to stop. A greater commitment to fund climate change management efforts is a key piece in the global deal we desperately need to save the world. And the richest countries have already pledged millions for this effort! So far, almost none of the money promised has arrived, but this can and must change. And the tragedy of the Philippines right in the middle of the climate conference is our chance to make it happen.

    Click below to stand with Yeb and his country and with all those who have been and could be victims of climate change disasters:


    Yeb ended his speech by writing a pledge to everyone: “In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days, in all due respect Mr. President, and I mean no disrespect for your kind hospitality, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate. This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this COP until a meaningful outcome is in sight.” Together, our movement can rise to this challenge, and bring hope to him and his family and generations of our most vulnerable world citizens.

    With hope and determination,

    Ricken and the whole Avaaz team

    PS – This campaign was started by Yeb Sano, chief climate negotiator for the Philippines. Start yours now and win on any issue – local, national or global: http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/start_a_petition/?

    More information:

    In hard-hit Tacloban, children ripped from arms (CNN)

    Typhoon Haiyan: what really alarms Filipinos is the rich world ignoring climate change (The Guardian)

    Typhoon Haiyan influenced by climate change, scientists say (Sydney Morning Herald)

    Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines destruction ‘absolute bedlam’ (BBC)

    Deadly Typhoon Haiyan Devastates the Philippines, Heads for Vietnam (TIME)


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  5. News Release
    November 21, 2013

    #TabangEV: Progressive groups hold “National Relief Caravan” for Samar and Leyte

    Various progressive groups today set out on a national relief caravan from Manila, Bicol and Mindanao that will converge on Samar and Leyte to provide aid to typhoon-ravaged areas. The groups belong to the Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (BALSA) in Manila and Mindanao, and include various relief formations initiated and groups, such as Lingap Gabriela, Sagip Migrante, Dambana, Tulong Kanayunan, Tulong Kabataan, Brigada Kalikasan, All-UP Workers Union, Karapatan, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (B ayan), Bayan Muna and many others. Their efforts are supported by international groups such as the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) and Bayan-USA and various affiliates of Migrante International across the globe. The Manila-based groups assembled at the Quezon Memorial Circle for a brief program.

    The national caravan involving groups from Manila, Bicol and the entire Mindanao will include more than 50 vehicles including at least 9 trucks of relief goods from Manila and Bicol. The more than 500-person contingent will include medical professionals and other volunteers from the Philippines and the United States. Leaders of mass organizations and partylist groups are also expected to join the relief operations.

    “This may be the biggest relief caravan we have ever conducted, involving at least three regions and hundreds of volunteers. Over the past week, the mass movement here and abroad have been collecting relief goods other forms of assistance for the people of Eastern Visayas and Panay. Today, we travel to Samar and Leyte to show solidarity and to raise the demands of the people for immediate relief. As we contribute to the worldwide relief efforts, we continue to hold the Aquino regime as ultimately responsible for ensuring relief and rehabilitation for the victims of Yolanda/Haiyan,” said Bayan secretary general Renato M. Reyes, Jr.

    “Eastern Visayas is the 3rd poorest region in the country as of 2012 and the region with the highest incidence of hunger in 2011, prior to the storm. Its level of underdevelopment impacts its level of preparedness for calamities. Meanwhile, more than P2 billion worth of the graft-ridden Priority Development Assistance Funds or PDAF were channeled to the region between 2010-2012. The people are victims several times over because of systemic abuses and government neglect and incompetence even during relief efforts,” Reyes said.

    Members of Gabriela joining the mission will be looking into the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women and children during calamities. Doctors and nurses from the Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD), together with their partner groups from abroad, hope to provide medical services for rural areas affected by the storm.

    BALSA Mindanao, an organization founded after storm Pablo, is organizing the Mindanao mission which will come via Sothern Leyte. Learning from the experience of Pablo, they hope to show solidarity with the victims of Yolanda. In the aftermath of Pablo, storm victims were organized to demand relief and support from government agencies. (Follow the caravan thru the hash tag #TabangEV and thru BALSA’s FB community page).
    Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
    2nd Flr. Erythrina Bldg., #1 Maaralin corner Matatag Sts., Central District
    Diliman, Quezon City, PHILIPPINES 1101
    Telefax: (+63 2) 4354146
    Web: http://www.karapatan.org

    KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties. It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.


  6. We cordially invite you to the launch of Open Source Tribunal this Saturday 23 November 2013 from 15:00 to 17:00 hrs at the Nicolai Church in Utrecht. A free platform that can be used by any individual or group seeking justice from systematic abuse, persecution, or oppression, this first session of the Tribunal performs the case of the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines against those responsible for the unnatural disaster of typhoon Haiyan.
    The prosecution, led by Professor Jose Maria Sison, will address:
    (1) The ecological conditions that led to the disaster;
    (2) The failure of the Filipino state to protect and provide aid to its citizens;
    (3) The accountability of NGOs over the misuse of funds for the people.

    Open Source Tribunal abides by five principles: the principle of Openness; the principle of Equality; the principle of Solidarity; the principle of Self-Empowerment; and the principle of Creativity.

    The platform of the Open Source Tribunal has been developed during New World Academy (NWA), Session I: Towards a People?s Culture, by Concerned Artists of the Philippines and the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines in collaboration with participating students, artists, and cultural activists: Martha Atienza; Younes Bouadi; Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei; Matthijs de Bruijne; Jonjon Bustamanta; Nima Ezatpour; Claudio Feliziani; Jefrey Guiban; Anna Ioannidi; Lisa Ito; Luis Jalandoni; Yung-Han Juan; Robert Kluijver; Yumemi Kobayashi; Pepe Luneta; Oumarou Maman Salissou; Renée in der Maur; Walkie Miraña; Henning Middelschulte; Minsun Park; Uzine Park; Constanza Puente; Ika Putranto; Heekyung Ryu; Ilena Saturay; Jun Saturay; Marikit Saturay; Mitchy Saturay; Jose Maria Sison; Jonas Staal; Mahdiyeh Tayefeh Kalhori; Alejandro Vasquez; Audrey Wang; Yinan Wang; and Gayane Yerkanyan in solidarity with BAYAN Balsa Philippines, the Linganan Art and Culture Network, and MIGRANTE Europe. One-person choir performed by Bethany Younge, conducted by Samuel Vriezen. Supported by Centraal Museum Utrecht.

    NWA is co-established by Jonas Staal and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst.

    New World Academy presents Open Source Tribunal
    Saturday 23.11.2013, 15:00-17:00 hrs
    Nicolai church, Nicolaaskerkhof 8, Utrecht
    Admission free of charge. We warmly welcome donations to support local efforts that deal with the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan.

    For more information on Open Source Tribunal please see http://www.facebook.com/opensourcetribunal and the Tribunal statement attached to this email.

    NWA has been made financially possible by Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Utrecht; K.F. Hein Fonds, Utrecht; and Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam.


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