MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
With more than 10,000 estimated to be dead as a result of a typhoon in his homeland, Yeb Sano -- the chief Philippine delegate to the current UN climate change talks in Poland -- vowed to stop eating until serious actions are taken to reduce global warming.
According to The BBC online,
At the opening of the two-week Conference of the Parties (Cop), Mr Sano said he was not just speaking for those who lost their lives but for the thousands who were now orphans.
He told the meeting he would refuse to eat until progress is made.
"In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate, this means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this Cop, until a meaningful outcome is in sight."
"What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness, the climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness right here in Warsaw," he said.
With ongoing devastating climatic events increasing in the last few years, Sano wanted to make clear that incremental promises from developed nations were insufficient to deal with catastrophes such as the one causing such a large loss of life in his island nation:
Yeb Sano linked the "staggering" devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan to a changing climate.
Mr Sano said he was speaking on behalf of those who lost their lives in the storm and his fast would last until "we stop this madness".
His speech brought tears to the eyes of other delegates and a standing ovation.
In wealthy nations where disaster films serve as a form of entertainment, a pending cataclysm facing the planet is often perceived as just so much science fiction.
But nature has been sending ominous and deadly warning signs. Some island nations that are relatively flat and at sea level, such as the Maldives, face potential extinction in the not too distant future. In the longer term, National Geographic recently ran a stunning feature on how much of the US West and East Coasts could end up be being submerged in a few decades.
The climate deniers of the developed countries are well-funded and currently winning the day. Meanwhile one courageous person, Yeb Sano, is going to fast to save the planet.
Shouldn't there be a Nobel Prize for heroic efforts to save the people of the earth?
Shouldn't assisting in the destruciton of the planet -- as corporations and developed nations are doing -- be punishable as an international crime against humanity?