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Nov 11th – start of COP 19 and invitation to solidarity with the Philippines by Lyn Adamson

Nov 11th – start of COP 19 and invitation to solidarity with the Philippines

November 11th.  A day to remember the horrors of war and remember all those who have died in the past, and commit to building a world where there is peace.  But how can we have peace in the future if we do not reverse climate change?  Massive storms, fires and drought threaten to make huge areas of the planet uninhabitable.  This day is also the first day of the COP 19 talks in Warsaw, Poland. A place where something could be done about this threat to our future.  It is aso the day after a devastating supertyphoon hit the Philippines, killing 10,000 people.

In Poland the Philippines chief negotiator, Yeb Sano, gives the COP 19 this title:  “The Project to Save the Planet. Saving Tomorrow Today.  We can fix this. We can stop this madness.”  Yesterday he spoke these powerful words:

 “Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action. Warsaw must deliver on enhancing ambition and should muster the political will to address climate change.

The Philippines has now begun the painful assessment and recovery process following this following this weekend’s storm, which has now hit landfall in Vietnam.

 It has been recognised as the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in modern history, spanning over 600km and with winds of 315km/h and gusts of up to 380km/h. Officials estimate up to 10,000 people have died in Tacloban city and elsewhere, within hundreds of thousands more displaced….” – for full transcript

Sano spoke of his brother, who has spent the last three days gathering dead bodies from the rubble and is going hungry because the supplies have been cut off from his island.

In solidarity, Sano said he would be taking part in a voluntary fast over the coming weeks, standing with his brother and others going hungry in the Philippines, and to call governments to account and push them to deliver in Warsaw.

I will be fasting in solidarity with Yeb Sano and all those suffering in the Phillipines.  Will you join in for a day, or send a message of solidarity and concern to your Member of Parliament? Ideas for safe fasting and different kinds of fasts can be found at

You can send a letter to your MP modifying the sample letter on our website,  MPs should be swamped with letters and phone calls by concerned Canadians.  Please tell your MPs that you support sending funds to help those suffering from the devastation there. Humanitarian aid such as money and the DART are very important in the short term but we need longer term action too.  We need a price on carbon, no more subsidies to fossil fuel companies, and a renewable energy plan for Canada.  The warming oceans will be causing more and more high magnitude storms – until we turn things around and get CO2 levels to drop, not keep rising.

The fossil fuel companies are a huge lobby for business as usual – which is very destructive to our planet and to human communities.  We have to make ourselves a match for them – and we can.

Please invite your friends too!  Send a message during COP 19!