Not enought words could describe how Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) battered several parts of the Philippines. In Tacloban city alone, death tolls may reach 10,000. The typhoon showed unbelievable strength as it pounded Leyte, Samar, Cebu, and Palawan.
What could be more painful than the reality of increasing casualties storm after a storm? A country that has little to do with climate change is bearing the brunt of the big emitters neglected responsibility to cut emissions. We have been warned that increasing emissions reinforce stronger typhoons and other extreme weather events, but in each year’s climate negotiations, the best interest of the poor and vulnerable countries are overshadowed by the rich capitalists dominating the negotiations and applying different tactics to delay climate solutions.
Could this year’s COP19 make any difference after Typhoon Haiyan? Could they deliver justice to at least the 10,000 innocent lives likely lost in Tacloban? Because coming up empty is an insult to the many families in the Philippines mourning their dead.
Today, another storm is seen coming. We have not recovered yet but we are up to the next.
Justice delayed is justice denied. CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!