By Marcelo Kawanami
In November 2013, typhoon Hayan slammed the Philippines. It was the strongest storm to hit land in recorded history, killing more than 5,000 people (UN estimate to date), and affecting around 13 million (UN estimate), whose homes and lives have been swept away by the powerful storm. Global organizations and the media grouped together on a combined effort to support the country and its population.
This disaster served as an alarm bell to the long debated climate change issue. The Philippines is part of the Coral Triangle, a highly biodiverse marine area in the Asia Pacific region, whose countries are one of the most vulnerable to climate change. Filmmaker Casey Neistat had $25K to produce a marketing video for a film and he chose to use it on Haiyan aid. Check the video he released below!
The alarming global warming has disastrous impacts on the overall environment and communities, specially affecting populations living in the borders of seas, lakes and rivers. Based on this, we cannot forget this disaster once the population still need our support.
Many organizations are still supporting local communities with food, shelter, water, household items, and healthcare. Gamiing Nature Centre supports this cause by promoting these organizations.
Oxfam International: http://www.oxfam.org/en/haiyan-response
Disaster Emergency Committee: http://www.dec.org.uk/node/3641