Emotional Speech by Philippine Delegate: Excerpts from a statement about
Typhoon Haiyan by Naderev Saño, the chief representative of the Philippines
at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference. Radek Pietruszka/European
nytimes.com - by Henry Fountain and Justin Gillis - November 11, 2013
The typhoon that struck the Philippines produced an outpouring of emotion on
Monday at United Nations talks on a global climate treaty in Warsaw, where
delegates were quick to suggest that a warming planet had turned the storm
into a lethal monster.
Olai Ngedikes, the lead negotiator for an alliance of small island nations,
said in a statement that the typhoon, named Haiyan, which by some estimates
killed 10,000 people in one city alone, “serves as a stark reminder of the
cost of inaction on climate change and should serve to motivate our work in
Warsaw.” . . .
. . . “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate
event is madness; the climate crisis is madness,” Mr. Saño said. “We can
stop this madness right here in Warsaw.”