Published on November 14th, 2013 | by No Artificial
Emotional Plea At COP19 Warsaw Climate Summit
A climate negotiator from Philippines made an emotional statement at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
As the Philippines assesses the destruction caused by super-typhoon Haiyan, which according to BBC killed as many as 2,500 people, the climate change debate is heating up at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
The annual international climate summit that happens every year has begun and continues for 2 weeks, until November 22. This year, it’s in Warsaw, Poland, and it’s called COP19 (19th Conference of the Parties).
Two years ago at Durban, South Africa, countries at COP-17 ended climate debate with a promise to adopt a universal legal agreement to fight greenhouse gases no later than 2015.
Although the agreement helped extend the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that was set to expire in 2012, the conference received criticism for postponing discussions on the important climate issues.
This year, UN delegates continue the negotiations towards a global climate agreement.
The pact is viewed as the UN Climate Summit’s last chance to avoid the consequences of the global warming.
Many climate researchers believe that the Typhoon Haiyan might be a manifestation of the climate change.
At the first day of the conference, the Philippines’ chief negotiator Yeb Saño said he will stop eating until negotiators make “meaningful” progress.
Just days before, typhoon Haiyan devastated his family’s home city, Tacloban.
“The devastation is staggering. I struggle to find words even for the images that we see in the news coverage, and I struggle to find words to describe how I feel about the losses. Up to this hour, I agonize waiting for word for the fate of my very own relatives,” Saño said.
“We can fix this,” Saño stated in closing. “We can stop this madness.”