Sierra Club Statement in Solidarity with Filipino Delegation Leader Yeb Saño’s Fast at COP 19
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Haiyan, which left at least 10,000 dead and 600,000 homeless in the Philippines, the leader of the Filipino delegation to the Warsaw Climate Change Conference (COP 19) delivered an emotional speech today, calling for immediate climate action to curb extreme weather and standing with climate activists around the globe.
“What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness,” said Yeb Saño, announcing he would begin a voluntary fast until a “meaningful outcome” of the Conference was in reach.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
"The thoughts of the Sierra Club’s 2.1 million members and supporters are with the families in the Philippines who are mourning, recovering, or simply trying to survive following the latest extreme weather disaster to strike our globe. Moreover, we stand in total solidarity with Commissioner Saño and his call for immediate, meaningful action to curb these climate disasters that are becoming frighteningly more frequent in every corner of the planet.
More and more people around the world are witnessing the terrible cost of the climate crisis first hand as extreme weather destroys communities, devastates economies, and shatters lives. How many more alarm bells have to ring? How many more wake-up calls will we sleep through? As Commissioner Saño said, the climate crisis is madness. To fail to act will be judged by the generations that follow us as criminal."
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