"I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes to the stark reality that we face." In a shaky voice and at times overtaken by emotion, Philippine climate negotiator Naderev "Yeb" Sano spoke those words at the 2012 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Doha. Meanwhile hurricane Bopha ravaged the Philippines, killing thousands. The climate conference ended with no progress made.
A year later another climate conference, another emotional plea from Naderev "Yeb" Sano. This time, to "stop this madness." Another hurricane in the Philippines. This time, the biggest ever recorded. Thousands more die.
Perhaps the problem is that too many people have the wrong idea about climate change. They think it is an environmental issue, something for granola-munching hippies to worry about. Or that it is a scientific issue, something for cold intellectuals in far-off labs to study and debate.
Really, it's about our humanity. Do we lack the humanity to act while thousands die? As the changes get worse, and they will, will we stand idly by then? Or is it time to "stop this madness"?