A Call for Support: Philippine Recovery is Tied to Climate Justice


The typhoon that hit the Philippines earlier this month will have lasting effects on that country. With a large immigrant and longtime Filipino population in this country, many of us all well aware of the history and political and economic connections between the U.S. and the Philippines. 

We hope you will join NNIRR and member and allied groups in calling for sustained support for the Philippines and for U.S. action to reduce the effects of climate change. Few today would dispute the clear link between the increasingly negative effects of climate change and the ferocity of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

Please click here to sign onto our letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress. You can sign as an individual, follow the link given to sign on behalf of an organization, or click here for the organizational sign-on form.

The Philippines, already struggling economically, will require longtime aid towards its recovery. The Philippines sends a large proportion of its working population abroad to work in its labor-export oriented economy. No doubt, there will be increased pressure for people to seek work in other countries as the Philippines deals with the aftermath of the typhoon -- and many more Filipinos will be joining the growing legion of displaced people -- over 25 million worldwide -- who have become "climate refugees."

As Philippine climate negotiator Yeb Sano recently declared at the UN climate change talks in Warsaw, "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate crisis is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness."

(Photo credit: Erik de Castro/Reuters)


To read NNIRR's Immigration and Climate Change Fact Sheet on, click here.

For a more extensive analysis, "Environmental Degradation, Climate Change, Migration & Development" by Stephen Castles and Colin Rajah, please click here.




Donations to the Recovery Effort

To make a contribution to the relief efforts, please visit this list compiled by one of our member organizations, Filipino Advocates for Justice. See here for more information on referrals and/or direct donations of goods to their locations in the East Bay in northern California.






Thanks for your support!