It has been five years since Typhoon Haiyan killed thousands of people in the Philippines. The storm was linked to climate change. The Climate Pilgrimage commemorated the fifth anniversary by hosting an online conversation between Haiyan survivors AG Saño and Joanna Sustento, who shared their stories from the storm. They were joined by Yeb Saño, who was lead climate negotiator of the Philippines at the United Nations during Typhoon Haiyan. Watch the video below.
Today, these Haiyan survivors are bearing powerful witness to the urgent need for climate justice. AG is walking 1,500 kilometers on The Climate Pilgrimage to urge leaders to protect creation at the upcoming UN climate talks. Joanna is a leading voice in the climate justice movement in the Philippines. Yeb is serving as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Asia and a board member of Global Catholic Climate Movement.
May the Spirit speak to us through these stories of survival and loss, reminding us that we are part of the same creation, made by one Creator. Together with those who have been affected by the climate crisis, let us continue to seek healing, justice, and peace for our common home.