Denver interfaith group calls for climate action

Typhoon Haiyan. Photo courtesy Jeff Schmaltz NASA Goddard/LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response
Typhoon Haiyan. Photo courtesy Jeff Schmaltz NASA Goddard/LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response. Visit this NASA web page for more info.

Candlelight climate vigil set for Nov. 22

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A Denver faith-based group today will stand in solidarity with people of the Philippines who were hit by Typhoon Haiyan, calling on the world to take action on global warming during the climate talks currently under way in Warsaw.

The Denver vigil is set for today (Friday, Nov. 22), 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Dominick Park, the garden across the street from the Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral (14th Ave., between Washington and Clarkson).

The vigil is organized by Colorado Interfaith Power & Light and Eco-Justice Ministries and is part of a global vigil and fast in support of Nadarev (Yeb) Sano, who is representing the Philippines at the Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change. In response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, Mr. Sano has begun a fast for the duration of the conference to call for real action on climate change.

Some climate experts say global warming may cause bigger and more intense tropical storms in the future.

“Climate scientists around the world agree … climate change is causing tropical storms to increase in both frequency and intensity. We can expect to see more of these types of storms and the destruction that they cause,” said Dr. A. Karim Ahmed, of the National Council on Science and the Environment stated,

“The full account of the destruction won’t be known for a while yet, but the message of Typhoon Haiyan already couldn’t be clearer. It doesn’t feel quite right to look for good in moments like these, but there is at least a glimmer of hope that such a tragedy will cut through the fog of politics and reveal the urgency of this crisis,” said climate activist Bill McKibben.


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