While they profit, we suffer. The climate emergency has caused so much suffering for people in Southeast Asia. More frequent and intense extreme weather like super typhoons and extreme drought have taken away lives and livelihoods, left thousands of families without homes, and destroyed our natural resources. Our poorest sectors, our farmers and fisherfolk, are sinking deeper and deeper into debt. Meanwhile, corporations like Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Total, BP, and others who are most responsible for climate change which is causing these impacts, are raking in massive profits. They want you to think they’ve made our lives easier, when in fact they’ve been hiding how their business is ravaging the earth and its resources. If we continue to allow these corporations to destroy our climate, we can expect there to be more deaths, displacement, floods, water shortages, epidemics like dengue, and even more poverty. We can’t let this happen!
© Karlos Manlupig / Greenpeace
Residents of Malanday town in Marikina City evacuate their homes as the national government raised the alert to critical most specially to low-lying areas in Manila.
Though no storm warnings were issued, unusual rainfall even surpassing that of Typhoon Ketsana in 2009, left more than 800,000 of people stranded, homeless, and without power.
Developing countries like the Philippines are the most vulnerable and least prepared to face the climate crisis. Climate experts say that unless decisive solutions are immediately put on the table, the worst is yet to come. As we continue to develop and upgrade climate change adaptation mechanisms at home, Greenpeace strongly calls on industrialized countries, which account for most of the world's greenhouse gas emissionsÑthe greatest contributor to climate changeÑto take responsibility. It is unfair that people in the Philippines should be the ones paying a greater price for the damage that developed countries have wrought on the environment.
A car is driven through a flooded road in Nakhon Si Thammarat after tropical storm Pabuk lashed the province on 4 January with heavy winds and rain, forcing thousands of people to leave their homes.
Pabuk is the first tropical storm outside of monsoon season to hit the country in 68 years. It brought heavy rain, storm surges and landslides to some parts, causing injuries and impacting thousands of lives.
Thailand is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather events. Since the 1970s, the number and severity of tropical cyclones to make landfall has increased.