Typhoon Haiyan Victims Thank Politicians For Agreeing To Agree Next Year To Cut Carbon In Seven Years’ Time
Millions of homeless and starving Filipinos whose homes and livelihoods were wiped out by a Category 5, 235mph super-typhoon have thanked world governments and their negotiating teams for finally agreeing to make an agreement next year to start solving man-made climate change in 2020.
The manifestly grateful victims of Typhoon Haiyan – the strongest recorded storm to make landfall – said their endless search for food, water and shelter would “soon be over” because the 19th-annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Warsaw had made a partial deal to possibly do something to save the world at a distant future date.
“Oh thank you, thank you so much to Saudi Arabia and Canada and Australia and China and the United States and India and all those wonderful nations for acting so kindly to help us,” a resident of Tacloban shouted out loud as he joined another six-hour queue for emergency supplies.
“I will tell my grandchildren how well all of you were able to work together, despite your differences, toward the common goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent on pre-1990 levels.”
Another Haiyan survivor, who lost his mother, grandparents, a brother, three sisters, five cousins, his dog and his home to the typhoon, said: “I would like to express my undiluted love and affection for the politicians in Poland who have shown great courage by disregarding the demands of a powerful fossil-fuel lobby trying to protect its profits.
“Instead, they have carved a pathway through the fog of diplomacy, to reach a point where they can all agree a deal that will surely prevent any such scene of devastation from ever blowing on to the shores of my homeland ever again.
“I am so confident now that we shall never see another Typhoon Haiyan that I will live in a tent for the next 12 months.
“Of course, I don’t have a choice in that, but thanks to you I will sleep easy knowing that the world’s most powerful people are all on my side, and have done all they can to protect me, my family and my future, plus the futures of many other millions around the globe who would otherwise be vulnerable to the potentially calamitous effects of a two-degree temperature rise.
“A rise that will thankfully now never materialise.”
The UNFCCC meeting, dubbed COP19, ended on Sunday with a partial agreement – thrashed out over many days of tough negotiations – to come back next year and carry on talking about it then.
“Thank you, my UNFCCC brothers and sisters in Warsaw, I love you,” an orphaned child from Leyte province gushed.
“I love you all, with my heart. I want you to know that.”