Yesterday during the opening plenary of the UN Climate Negotiations in Warsaw, Yeb Saño, lead negotiator for the Philippines, gave a moving speech urging negotiators to move past talk and commit to deep emission cuts and financing for mitigation and adaptation efforts.
He also praised climate activists:
These last two days, there are moments when I feel that I should rally behind the climate advocates who peacefully confront those historically responsible for the current state of our climate. These selfless people who fight coal, expose themselves to freezing temperatures, or block oil pipelines. In fact, we are seeing increasing frustration and, thus, more increased civil disobedience. The next two weeks, these people, and many around the world who serve as our conscience will again remind us of our enormous responsibility.
Boy, is he right – Super Typhoon Haiyan reminded all of us that climate change is here and now and that the consequences are dire – over 10,000 people are believed to be dead and the lives of over 9 million people have been adversely affected.
In response, climate activists immediately began carrying out actions to pressure the world governments to take climate change seriously and show their solidarity with the people of the Philippines. Here are just a few of the actions that happened in the past twenty four hours: