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Most Effective Ways to Send ‘Emergency Help’ to the Philippines

posted by Sandra Repriestly @ 16:51 PM
November 12, 2013

1325278659-destroyed-streets-and-missing-person-signs-after-deadly-typhoon_985421    After Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, calls for support are going out all over the world. Nations, organizations and individuals are either rushing there or sending emergency aid. But one of the island’s politicians is calling for perhaps the most important aid of all––‘Do something about Global Warming!’

Speaking to the 19th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP19) three days after Haiyan struck his homeland, Philippines Climate Negotiator Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño, called the storm ‘utter madness’:

“What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw. . . Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to delay climate action” he told the 200 delegates, according to Lauren McCauley of Common Dreams.

Saño challenged Climate Change deniers  and those from countries “less impacted by the effects of global warming and therefore are less motivated to enact meaningful change” . . . “I dare them, I dare them to get off their ivory towers and away from the comfort of their armchairs.

“I dare them to go to the islands of the Pacific, the Caribbean, 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 sea ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, . . .165200-typhoon-nesat-philippines-flooding

“. . . 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 become scarce. Not to forget the monster hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard of North America as well as the fires that razed Down Under. And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.”

Non-profit companies accepting donations to help victims of Haiyan include: U.N. World Food Programme, or text AID to 27722 to give $10; UNICEF at; Catholic Relief Services,; World Vision,

This blogger did not include the Red Cross which has only “deployed two people to assist with assessments in the Philippines and activated its family tracing services,” while World Vision, for instance, has 200 workers in the Philippines.  Also the Red Cross failed to give promised support of $ 10,000 to eligible families, victims of  Hurricane Sandy, although the agency raised millions for that effort.

The entire staff at asks our readers to do three things:  First, pray for survivors among those hundreds of islands, especially for those who now fear starvation; second, give funds for their support; and third, pray that world leaders will get very serious about ending Global Warming!

As wholesale Christian sweatshirts blare:  “Charity never faileth:. . . . And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (1 Corinthians 13: 8 – 13).”

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