On November 13th, 2013, Philippines as most of South East Asia have been hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest that has been ever recorded in human history. Just in the Philippines, the most damaged Country, 6,300 people were hit to death and about half a million rendered homeless.
Exactly in the same days, the UN Climate Change Convention 19th was taking place in Warsaw. Thus, the Filipino delegate commented the disastrous event, when it became known, with an impressive speech, underlying how the storm was the umpteenth proof of the need for concrete actions to be taken, in order to pursue the fight against one of the worrisome challenges of our era: climate change. As he affirmed:
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.
Yesterday as today, people cannot forget the devastation sense that Haiyan brought, since 2/3 of the Filipinos have been affected by the event, which drastically changed their lives. Nonetheless, from the end of the typhoon, resilience and reconstruction projects have been carried out by diverse organizations that helped Philippines rebuild their land. Kito Onlus started its experience in this occasion, by setting up several projects as disaster recovery and resilience, training and prevention ones, which are always implemented locally by indigenous people. If you missed our actions, it is worth remembering our rebuilding activity Cash for Work, the construction of the school L. Tanza, and our Hygiene and prevention trainings.
To conclude, Climate Change still is on the international political agenda, but only through concrete actions a better world will be built, and we will always try to follow this path we trust in.