FAJ is certain that we are not alone in believing there is a direct connection between Philippine recovery from typhoon Haiyan and climate justice. Read the statement via this LINK. If you agree with it, we urge you to immediately sign on as an individual and get as many organizations and individuals to sign on as well. Organizational endorsements please use this LINK.
PHILIPPINE RECOVERY IS TIED TO CLIMATE JUSTICE
The Filipino community and public’s support for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) has been phenomenal. Individuals, groups, workplaces and churches are giving generously of their time and resources to collectively respond to the devastation in the Philippines.
The United States is deploying resources to the area but we are concerned that the aid is not moving quickly enough, reaching all who have been affected, nor will be provided over the long-term.
INVESTING IN THE LONGTERM REBUILDING
The long-term recovery of the Philippines requires sustained effort. We look to Haiti to understand that years of rebuilding are still ahead. Before the next storm hits, the Philippines needs a substantial influx of equipment, materials and crews to rebuild roads, bridges, permanent housing, schools and hospitals so some semblance of normal life can resume. For a country dependent on exporting labor, the destruction places increased pressure on residents to seek jobs globally, which further complicates economic recovery. The typhoon’s impact has also produced hundreds of thousands of climate refugees that need support.
ADDRESSING CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW
The ferocity of Typhoon Haiyan is climate change at its worst. The biggest typhoon ever recorded was not simply an act of nature, but a consequence shortsighted environmental policies and practices. Rich countries continue to pump pollution into the atmosphere, while poor countries, like the Philippines, pay the price with monster storms, flooding, landslides, and even drought. After years of failed international negotiations to reduce climate pollution, the U.S. and other industrialized countries instead pledged funds to help poor countries adapt to climate change, but those funds have not materialized.
We support Philippine climate negotiator Yeb Saño and other developing countries’ proposal for bold international action to reduce emissions and provide climate financing. As the greatest polluter in the world, we demand that the U.S. adopt Sano’s proposals at the United Nations.
We call on Congress and President Obama to continue to deploy its vast resources to help the people of the Philippines through complete recovery and commit to sound environmental policies and programs so that storms like Haiyan will soon be an occurrence of the past.
Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)
Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity (FACES)
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
Friends of Akbayan, USA
Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO)
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
“STAND WITH THE PHILIPPINES.”
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Organizations sign here