PHOTOS: Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

by Nicole Sands

November 13, 2013

Tacloban City residents wait at the airport as they try to get a seat on outgoing C130 planes bound to Manila. Supplies have been scarce particularly water for the last four days and many are wanting to leave the city. Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013 can be seen as an indication of things to come in the future if steps are not taken to prevent climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with tropical cyclones likely to become more intense and more damaging.

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Typhoon Haiyan has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than half a million people in the Philippines. The Philippines is certainly no stranger to typhoons or to natural disasters, however recent extreme weather events have become more frequent and more devastating in the last decade because of climate change.Haiyan the 24thtyphoon to have hit the country this yearis the most powerful typhoon in Philippine history." Amalie Obusan, Greenpeace Southeast Asia "Once again, a disaster such as this one, underscores the urgency of the work we do as a global organization on climate change. It is in fearful anticipation of tragic scenarios such as these why our staff and activists go through great lengths, putting their life and liberty at risk, to take action at the frontlines of climate destruction - whether that's in the forests of Sumatra or the hostile waters of the Arctic. I would like to believe this is part of the larger narrative why 30 of our colleagues remain in detention in Russia. And it is our hope that they find courage and inspiration to endure the injustice they are going through, moving the planet away from the clear and present danger posed by runaway climate change." Von Hernandez, Executive Director Greenpeace Southeast Asia

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Nicole Sands

By Nicole Sands

Nicole Sands is the Digital Platforms Manager for Greenpeace USA. She believes that organizational values should be reflected in everything Greenpeace does, including our technology.

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