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Philippines and Warsaw Climate Negotiations

RTCC Nov 11 with full transcript: Philippines negotiator Nasarev (Yeb) Sano declares hunger fast.


“Excerpt [from Yeb Sano’s transcript]: 

These last two days, there are moments when I feel that I should rally behind the climate advocates who peacefully confront those historically responsible for the current state of our climate. These selfless people who fight coal, expose themselves to freezing temperatures, or block oil pipelines. In fact, we are seeing increasing frustration and, thus, more increased civil disobedience. The next two weeks, these people, and many around the world who serve as our conscience will again remind us of our enormous responsibility. 

To the youth here who will constantly remind us that their future is in peril, to the climate heroes who risk their lives, reputation, and personal liberties to stop drilling in the polar regions and to those communities standing up to unsustainable and climate-disrupting conventional sources of energy, we stand with them… 
In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home and with my brother who has not had food for the last three days, in all due respect Mr. President, and I mean no disrespect for your kind hospitality, 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.

AFP Nov 12: In an unprecedented move, 30 Asian and youth delegates from Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Poland, India and the United States, joined the fast. “Some are fasting in solidarity with Mr. Sano with no food whatsoever, just water, to the end of the summit, or until real progress is made,” said Anjali Appadurai, of Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka.
“Climate justice now!” protesters at one of the conference venue’s many busy cafeterias wore large red dots on their lapels as a symbol of solidarity with the Philippines envoy and touted signs reading: “It’s lunch time but we’re not eating”, “We stand with you, we stand with the Philippines”.
Lydinyda Nacpil, of Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD), called for “ambitious compensation and finance, reparations, solidarity and ambition and overall equity”.
RTCC Nov 12: Sano said he was “deeply touched and profoundly moved” by the decision of many youth delegates to fast for 24 hours or the rest of the summit.
According to Sönke Kreft of Germanwatch, extreme weather in the past 20 years killed around 30,000 people, causing US$2.5 trillion damage.
RTCC Nov 10: Sano is under no illusions that one storm will change what has become a set of convoluted, tough and often bitter negotiations.  He urged compensation for loss and damage due to climate change. Despite vague promises of  ‘fast start’ GCF funding, “We have not seen any money from the rich countries to help us to adapt.” Economic costs to the Philippines will exceed typhoon Bopha’s US$ 750 million; Haiyan has killed at least 10,000 (and probably more, as reports come in).”

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