Philippine Recovery Is Tied to Climate Justice

Dear FACES family,

As advocates for climate justice, we see the link between disasters like Typhoon Haiyan and the disproportionate impacts of climate change on our communities. FACES asks you to join us, Filipino American leaders, and allies in the Bay Area in signing our Typhoon Haiyan Statement calling the US government to support long-term recovery in the Philippines and to commit to sound environmental policies to seriously address climate change.

As a transnational environmental justice organization concerned with climate change caused by big polluters like the US and Chevron, we know it’s important that recovery in the Philippines also push forward climate justice for impacted communities. We hope to connect the incredible relief efforts going on now to the reality of climate change affecting people’s lives all over the world, and ask you to sign on to the statement as individuals and organizations.

Will you stand with the Philippines and sign on to our
Typhoon Haiyan Statement for Climate Justice?


On the statement website, you can sign as an individual with the green form, or your organization can click the link to the organizational sign-on form.

Salamat for standing up for climate justice,

Adrien Salazar, FACES Board Chair
Mari Rose Taruc, FACES Campaign Coordinator


Many Ways To Give

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, this has been an emotional week for many of us. While the storm has passed, communities on the ground are in dire need of food, water, and medical services. You will hear many ways to give in the days and weeks ahead. Please consider joining FACES at two upcoming fundraising events–a benefit night this Wednesday, 6pm, at BUILD Pizzeria in Berkeley, and a community yard sale and space for community solidarity on November 23.

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Films for the Philippines: Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief

Join FACES and allies this weekend at one or more of these special double-feature screenings of the films of Aureaus Solito, aka Kanakan Balintagos, to raise relief funds for victims of Typhoon Haiyan:

Double-screenings of Kanakan Balintagos’ Films:
Tuli, Pisay, and “Director’s choice”
Fundraiser for Philippines Typhoon Relief

Tuli (2005) 2:00 pm, Saturday, November 16
Pisay (2007) 4:15 pm, Saturday, November 16

Oakland Asian Cultural Center,  388 9th St #290, Oakland (MAP)

Pisay (2007) 3:30 pm, Sunday, November 17
Director’s Choice (TBD) 6:00 pm, Sunday, November 17
Philippine Consulate, 447 Sutter St., San Francisco (MAP)

Suggested Donation: $10-20. No one turned away for lack of funds.
All proceeds will go to Philippine typhoon relief

Pisay is a family-friendly film. It will be screened at OACC, Saturday November 16 at 4:15 pm, and at the Philippine Consulate Social Hall Sunday November 17 at 3:30 pm. The other films may not be suitable for children.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Babaylan Studies, KulArts, FACES, Filipino Advocates for Justice, Cafe Gabriela, Friends of Akbayan, TIGRA, American Center of Philippine Arts, and Manilatown Heritage Foundation/I-Hotel. Visit Facebook event page for more information.

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Statement from the Filipino American Coalition for Environmental Solidarity

As friends and family of those whose lives have been uprooted by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), we are deeply saddened by another tragedy in the saga of natural disasters in the Philippines. We are hopeful that communities here in the US and around the world will come together to support disaster relief in the Philippines and real solutions to end this cycle of crisis.

The Philippines is one of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries, witnessing a frightening regularity of devastating typhoons and super-typhoons like Ketsana (Ondoy) in 2009, Bopha (Pablo) in 2012, and now Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Every year, thousands are displaced and countless lives are uprooted.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the strongest typhoon in recorded history, may appear to be an isolated disaster, but it is part of a continuum of ongoing crisis rooted in injustice and environmental vulnerability. Tropical storm intensity is increasing due to oceanic warming of unprecedented rates, and poorer countries are bearing the brunt of climate change caused by decades of air pollution from industry of wealthy countries.

This week the annual United Nations climate summit (COP) began in Poland. Philippines climate negotiator Yeb Saño urged bold international action to reduce emissions and commit to climate financing: “Let Poland, let Warsaw, be remembered as the place where we truly cared to stop this madness.”

“We cannot go on like this. It cannot be a way of life that we end up running always from storms,” Saño said.

FACES is beginning a climate justice campaign to connect groups in California to groups in the Philippines who are developing climate resilience programs. We already see farmers implementing sustainable agricultural practices, local communities co-managing natural resources, and states like California taking leadership in greenhouse-gas reduction. In this moment of tragedy, we also find hope.

We ask you to join us in donating to groups who are helping affected communities with disaster relief on the ground and building long-term resilience:

This event has revealed the real impacts of climate change being felt now, in the Philippines and all over the world. FACES calls our allies to support long-term community capacity- and resilience-building in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) as we work together to build solutions to this cycle of environmental crisis.

In Solidarity,

FACES Board of Directors

Media contacts:
Adrien Salazar
Mari Rose Taruc