“It is time to stop this madness”

November 11, 2013


Alexei Laushkin of the Evangelical Environmental Network posted this video in a Facebook network. Nadarev (Yeb) Sano, a Filipino delegate, announced his decision to fast at the first day of the COP Summit (Conference Of the Parties) in Poland. His emotions showed, which is understandable: His own town was devastated and relatives are hungry. Among other things, he said this:

Yeb Saño

Yeb Saño

“To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce.

Not to forget the massive hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.”

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About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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One Comment on ““It is time to stop this madness””

  1. pjclutterbuck Says:

    Reblogged this on Dying to Bear Fruit and commented:
    I would challenge anyone reading this to fast this week in solidarity with the Filipino negotiator Yeb Saño. Youth delegates to #COP19 have taken the unprecedented step of calling a fast for a constructive, meaningful outcome at the UN climate change conference in Warsaw. Let’s build a world where, instead of continually trying to escape the bad news, we can start making good things happen.


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