The Climate Change Commissioner in the Philippines, who delivered an emotional speech and pleaded for actions during the U.N. climate talks, resigned on Wednesday.
Climate Change Commissioner Naderev “Yeb” Saño resigned to join a pilgrimage to different parts of the world impacted by climate change. He submitted his resignation to Philippine President Benigno Aquino III on March 13 and sent another “irrevocable resignation” today, April 22.
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In a blog post, Saño wrote, “Today, I wish to announce that I am stepping down as a Commissioner of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission. I will be working with different faith groups across the world, as part of the larger global climate movement.”
Saño expressed gratitude to the Philippine government and the Filipino people for the opportunity and honor of serving his country. He “sincerely feels that the battle on climate change cannot be won merely within the confines of the institutions and the boundaries” of his country.
Saño to highlight the issue of climate change
According to him, he will immediately embark on a global pilgrimage to highlight the issue of climate change. He hopes to rally people and communities towards building a more just, sustainable and peaceful world.
In the middle of May, Saño together with Filipino pilgrims will cross the San Juanico Bridge as a symbolic departure from Tacloban City, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
They will head to Vanuatu, which was recently shattered by Cyclone Pam, one of the most serious disasters experienced by the nation.
OurVoices will lead the pilgrimage for climate change
Saño joined OurVoices, a global, multi-faith organization that recognizes the fact that climate change is a moral issue. It is leading the people’s pilgrimage for climate change.
The people’s pilgrimage for climate change will include Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, the Great Barrier Reef, India, Rome, Africa, and the Americas, and other nations. He will be accompanied by individuals, civil society groups, faith communities, and religious leaders.
“We will pay homage to global hotspots that are at risk from climate change, but that in equal measure celebrate compelling examples of climate leadership, solutions, and climate resilience,” said Saño
According to him, the people’s pilgrimage will start with a 1,500 or 60-day walk from Rome to Paris. Their arrival will be in time for the UN Climate Change Summit on the latter part of November.