After Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the Philippines, climate change representative Yeb Sano pleaded with the world to take immediate, drastic action to reduce climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions in an emotional speech at the UN’s climate meeting in Warsaw, Poland.
Once again, my heart is broken for my friends in the Philippines. After months of devastating storms and earthquakes, Super Typhoon Haiyan has left many areas unrecognizable. She is considered the most powerful typhoon ever recorded. At her peak Friday, the storm lashed the Philippines with winds of 235 MPH - stronger than a Category 5 hurricane - and sent waves of water into the streets. Entire sections of this land have been destroyed and the lives within have been shattered. 1,200 people are dead and that toll is expected to rise as the response continues and the recovery begins. I can only hope people around the globe will step in and do their part to help our brothers and sisters who have lost all. To help, contact the Philippine Red Cross, they need donations and volunteers. Despite the destruction, I know the Filipino people, and I know they will come back from this stronger than ever. We cannot prevent disasters like this, but we can learn from them and prepare for them. As you go throughout your day today, remember those affected and send them your love.
To my friends in the Philippines: Mahal na mahal kita. Manatiling malakas. Maging ligtas. (I hope that is correct)
"Look at you. You’re young and you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Listen to the music you want to listen to. Play it loud as f*ck and dance to it. Go out for a drive at midnight and forget you have school the next day. Stop waiting for friday. Live now. Do it now. Take risks, tell secrets. THIS LIFE IS YOURS. When are you going to realize that you can do whatever you want?"