WATCH: This Filipino Climate Negotiator Warned Us Last Year and We Ignored Him

Can we please pay some attention now?

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Not a year ago, in the wake of Typhoon Bopha, the Philippines’ lead climate negotiator, Naderev Saño, delivered a tearful plea to diplomats assembled in Doha:

Madam chair, we have never had a typhoon like Bopha, which has wreaked havoc in a part of the country that has never seen a storm like this in half a century. And heartbreaking tragedies like this are not unique to the Philippines, because the whole world, especially developing countries struggling to address poverty and achieve social and human development, confront these same realities.

Madam chair, I speak on behalf of 100 million Filipinos, a quarter of a million of whom are eking out a living working here in Qatar [as migrant laborers]. And I am making an urgent appeal, not as a negotiator, not as a leader of my delegation, but as a Filipino.

He continued, in tears:

I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes to the stark reality that we face. I appeal to ministers. The outcome of our work is not about what our political masters want. It is about what is demanded of us by 7 billion people.

I appeal to all, please, no more delays, no more excuses. Please, let Doha be remembered as the place where we found the political will to turn things around. Please, let 2012 be remembered as the year the world found the courage to find the will to take responsibility for the future we want. I ask of all of us here, if not us, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?

As the video made the rounds online, the Guardian wondered, if Saño’s tears could “change our course on climate change.” It’s a question that lingered unanswered — and feels more urgent now than ever.

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111 comments
alekzlondos
alekzlondos

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JoseoftheCross
JoseoftheCross

Just so that people get an idea of what hit Tacloban, even houses of strong material were not enough to keep the water out or save the lives of residents.  Whereas, before, only flimsy houses were blown or washed away during typhoons, the storm surge of Haiyan swept away both the rich and the poor; it was like a tsunami.

Somebody said that "dogs" don't deserve their aid; that's fine with me.  At least, "dogs" know and remember those who fed and sheltered them.  You reap, as you sow, my friend.


KrisLim
KrisLim

 ..before anything else,OF ALL THIS CHAOTIC HAPPENING IN OUR COUNTRY LONG BEFORE AND NOW..ONE MOST BELOVED PERSON THAT I, AND WE ALL FILIPINOS A MUST TO THANKFUL FOR IS THIS 1 FILIPINO MAN,OUR NEW YOUNG "HERO" FOR THE VOICE OF ALL OUR "KAPWA FILIPINO" TO ALL: THE U.N. AND ITS ALLIED..YOU ARE THE SUPERMAN OF OUR NATION THE PHILLIPPINES!#BANGON PHILIPPINES!

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HarveyBautista
HarveyBautista

it does not take a scientist for us to figure out that mother earth is sick and the Typhoon Bopha and Haiyan are her symptoms. unfortunately, scientists still do not believe humanity is the cause of the sickness. Worse scientists do not think we should take care of her.

Theresa Storlie
Theresa Storlie

But president Bush said there was no such thing as global warming.(sarcasm) My oldest son is taught in school there is no such thing. So much for the liberal school system that the right always complains about

Rana Khaled
Rana Khaled

His appeal though justified was not right...TOO WEAK...tears is not the right thing to address such matters!

DjohannaBo
DjohannaBo

Good morning,

yes and its very true. this scientific warnings have never been discussed by our POLITICALLY -MINDED people in the Philippines. they only realize after devastating calamities. and they go back to CORRUPTION. they will see it as a means of investing for their bulging-passbook anywhere else in the world, while every Filipino is Worth Dying For every typhoon and earthquake and hunger. and I appeal to the whole world, please guard your donations. please... thank you and GOD bless the Filipino People.

HeidiLally
HeidiLally

I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes to the stark reality that we face. I appeal to ministers. This plea is about standing together as a people! One world coming together, working together for a better tomorrow.

Angel Lea Madriñan
Angel Lea Madriñan

found it: US = Signatory country with no intention to ratify the treaty, with no binding targets :(

jain.manish013
jain.manish013

Philippines has several typhoons every year. Philippines is situated at the region where typhoons are most common.  Every thing in world could not result of global warming and climate change. No buddy sure at this moment that global warming has actually happened in last 10 or 15 years.

daridekas
daridekas

The last typhoon in Philippines is just another example of the climate change becouse of global warming.The atmosphere gets overexcited and the spinning of the typhoons becomes stronger and stronger.Thats so obvious that somebody wonders how people cannot see that it is happening all around the planet.

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Patti Codd
Patti Codd

Hard to build a sustainable structure to weather typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis and such in third world countries...

Maria Alejandra Rivera
Maria Alejandra Rivera

We knew this at least 20 years ago... Scientists have been screaming it out as loud as possible but many politicians and companies won't listen since it's not in their "economic interest" to make a change

Paul Smirnoff
Paul Smirnoff

Well, whether people believe it or not, people should acknowledge how weather changes, how come BER months, such as in the asia-pacific region still bear rain that starts on May and not June? As for Szu Yuan Pu, yes, can be. Poor governance, that corrupt personages aggravate socio-economic problems. Not to mention that some used calamities for their narcissistic purposes. But still, people should know these problems and start acting directly in improving communities and empowering themselves as people.

ChrisGaines
ChrisGaines

If we can stop smoking, then we can stop global warming/climate change.

Rita Keegan
Rita Keegan

who needs science? right certainly not the GOP

Danny Cole
Danny Cole

Ummmm.... the latest IPCC report showed no increase in global temperatures in the last 15 years and only a slight change in the last 100 years. Ever notice these record breaking get storms are breaking 50 and 100 year old records? Things that make you go Humm???

Andy Garza
Andy Garza

consensus is not science...computer models are not science...falsifiability is science and no ways of falsifying all of these global warming hypotheses are falsifiable

Andy Garza
Andy Garza

and according to the IPCC as well

Hrishikesh Kulkarni
Hrishikesh Kulkarni

Man! you guys always post the right things! Unlike every other teen.

Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen

If you die you die. That is what the elitist Americans want. They care nothing for you.

Angelique Epstein
Angelique Epstein

Michelle Foong why would you try an promote your FB page here? Selfish idiots like you is what's wrong with this world. Disgusting!

Chris Bumpas
Chris Bumpas

yeah because storms have never been destructive before.

Jowie Bayaca
Jowie Bayaca

in this world..there is only one person to blame.....and that's every"ONE".

John Hillsbery
John Hillsbery

Global warming doesn't exist according to conservatives.

Jason Xu
Jason Xu

yes, and 1 documentary disproves what the majority of what scientists of the world believe in based on science - that climate change is happening at an unpredented rate due to human activity

Rob Wolford
Rob Wolford

Build better structures, affordable housing as well as take measures to address these issues to the U.N. and other (emerging) nations who have the greatest impact on climate change.

Cana Arbas
Cana Arbas

i don't think so Szu yuan pu.your just saying that cuz you are anti pilipino.the truth is most of the thyphoon that cross the Philippines goes to Taiwan or china like typhoon haiyan now it's in Vietnam.wake up you might just sleeping.& even America & China do experience catastrophic disaster in the past.

mhmmreza
mhmmreza

@HarveyBautista I think that's an uninformed comment. the IPCC has concluded that global warming is attributable to anthropogenic emissions to 95% certainty. do a simple energy balance on earth: energy in (solar radiation) minus energy out (energy reflected or radiated from the earth). with more CO2 in the atmosphere the earth reflects less of the incoming solar radiation and traps more of it in the atmosphere. that excess trapped energy  has to go somewhere, so it manifests itself in (for instance) crazy weather patterns and rising global mean temperature. it's a lack of political will and neoliberalism which we conveniently fall back on to delay the inevitable changes because markets will "take care of her" that is to blame

TonMutuc
TonMutuc

@Rana Khaled the context matters here... this speech was delivered during typhoon Bopha about a year ago.  He knew that people were dying so the tears dropped because he knew that people were dying as he speaks.

EdongPagong
EdongPagong

@jain.manish013 This is classic idiot climate change denialism crap. It's one thing to say, "you cannot specifically attribute this specific typhoon, or hurricane to climate change", but it's utterly idiotic to continue denying it's existence and how it affects weather globally. 

Who are you to say that if climate scientists have already declared such?

Yeah, you know more than your doctor, because you say so. #fubar

awesomsawwwws
awesomsawwwws

@Lector Paulus Petrus KimIf the Earth is gone you can't do your ''other many stuffs'' anymore, Sir.

CharlieMagne
CharlieMagne

@John Hillsbery I agree, cos global warming is a hoax. Its not science, its political, most likely geo-political. if you're patient enough to research over this debate rather than falsify facts of climate change, you'll wonder no debate has being held by scientist against the other, why? cos fraud scientist cannot prove the real facts.

CharlieMagne
CharlieMagne

@EdongPagong @jain.manish013 Climate change is a hoax dude, anyone can pay a man that cries and make a statement to the world that would result a greenhouse taxation to the world. only idiot and ignorants who will easily agree when majority to any assembly in the U.N. council say yes to this. and the final act? standing ovation to U.N. melodramatic agreement over the already typhoon battered country such as Philippines. com'on! not all people will buy it. over thousand years even man exist and became civilized, anywhere in the world mostly Atlantic and tropical area suffers typhoon, and hurricanes. so dont use calamity as an excuse to pass these political grandeur plan of world government.