The Rogue Elephant

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“God always forgives. We sometimes forgive. But when nature — creation — is mistreated, she never forgives.”

—   Pope Francis, on climate change while addressing the Vatican’s diplomatic corps, January 14, 2014 (via deadpresidents)
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New year resolution: better documentation/more making

TYPHOON HAIYAN RIPS THROUGH CENTRAL PHILIPPINES

Typhoon Haiyan is a Category 5 storm, the strongest typhoon of 2013 and said to be the “most powerful ever” to make landfall (with winds near 195-200 mph). Perspective: Superstorm Sandy was at 95mph when it hit New Jersey; Hurricane Katrina at 129mph when it hit land.

The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.  

HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP

FOR THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES

HOW TO FILE FOR MISSING PERSONS

Please reblog and add other details I might’ve missed! 

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descentintotyranny:

Philippine delegate weeps at UN climate conference
Moved by the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, Naderev ‘Yeb’ Sano vows to fast until ‘meaningful’ climate outcome
Nov. 11 2013

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over U.N. climate talks that kicked off Monday in Poland as the envoy from the Philippines — where thousands are believed to have died when the cyclone made landfall Friday — broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.”
Naderev “Yeb” Sano’s emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation at the start of two-week talks in Warsaw where more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming.
Sano’s tears, which he wiped away with a red handkerchief, made other delegates at the COP19 react emotionally as well.
Officials in the Philippines estimate that as many as 10,000 people died in the hard-hit city of Tacloban alone. As the desperate survivors loot for food and supplies, Filipino authorities have begun trying to recover the bodies of those who perished in Haiyan’s devastating wake. 
Speaking of the link between extreme weather and climate change that scientists have said is wreaking havoc all over the world, Sano urged members of the summit to take action.
"We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," he told delegates in Warsaw.
Choking on his words, he said he was waiting in agony for news from relatives caught in the massive storm’s path, though he was relieved to hear his brother had survived.
"In the last two days he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands," Sano said.
"In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home … I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate," he added. "This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this (conference) until a meaningful outcome is in sight."
U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres also made reference to the “devastating impact” of the typhoon in her opening speech, and urged delegates to “go that extra mile” in their negotiations.
Still, some scientists say single weather events cannot conclusively be linked to global warming. Also, the link between man-made warming and hurricane activity is unclear, though rising sea levels are expected to make low-lying nations more vulnerable to storm surges.
Nevertheless, extreme weather such as hurricanes often prompt calls for urgency at the U.N. talks.
Last year, Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the U.S. East Coast and Typhoon Bopha’s impact on the Philippines were mentioned as examples of disasters the world could see more of unless it limits the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.
On the sidelines of the conference, climate activists called on developed countries to step up their emissions cuts and their pledges of financing to help poor countries adapt to rising seas and other impacts of climate change.
Tense discussions also are expected on a proposed “loss and damage” mechanism that would allow vulnerable countries to get compensation for climate impacts that it’s already too late to adapt to.
Asked whether the U.S. had any plans to increase its emissions target in the international talks, U.S. negotiator Trigg Talley said the “focus for us now” is to meet the existing target, of cutting emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020.
"I think that we are on the right track to achieve it," he said, noting President Barack Obama’s plans to cut emissions from power plants, boost renewable energy and other measures.
Though no major decisions are expected at the conference in Warsaw’s National Stadium, the level of progress could be an indicator of the world’s chances of reaching a deal in 2015. That’s the new watershed year in the U.N.-led process after a 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended in discord.
Al Jazeera and The Associated Press

descentintotyranny:

Philippine delegate weeps at UN climate conference

Moved by the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, Naderev ‘Yeb’ Sano vows to fast until ‘meaningful’ climate outcome

Nov. 11 2013

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan cast a gloom over U.N. climate talks that kicked off Monday in Poland as the envoy from the Philippines — where thousands are believed to have died when the cyclone made landfall Friday — broke down in tears and announced he would fast until a “meaningful outcome is in sight.”

Naderev “Yeb” Sano’s emotional appeal was met with a standing ovation at the start of two-week talks in Warsaw where more than 190 countries will try to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming.

Sano’s tears, which he wiped away with a red handkerchief, made other delegates at the COP19 react emotionally as well.

Officials in the Philippines estimate that as many as 10,000 people died in the hard-hit city of Tacloban alone. As the desperate survivors loot for food and supplies, Filipino authorities have begun trying to recover the bodies of those who perished in Haiyan’s devastating wake. 

Speaking of the link between extreme weather and climate change that scientists have said is wreaking havoc all over the world, Sano urged members of the summit to take action.

"We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," he told delegates in Warsaw.

Choking on his words, he said he was waiting in agony for news from relatives caught in the massive storm’s path, though he was relieved to hear his brother had survived.

"In the last two days he has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands," Sano said.

"In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home … I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate," he added. "This means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this (conference) until a meaningful outcome is in sight."

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres also made reference to the “devastating impact” of the typhoon in her opening speech, and urged delegates to “go that extra mile” in their negotiations.

Still, some scientists say single weather events cannot conclusively be linked to global warming. Also, the link between man-made warming and hurricane activity is unclear, though rising sea levels are expected to make low-lying nations more vulnerable to storm surges.

Nevertheless, extreme weather such as hurricanes often prompt calls for urgency at the U.N. talks.

Last year, Hurricane Sandy’s assault on the U.S. East Coast and Typhoon Bopha’s impact on the Philippines were mentioned as examples of disasters the world could see more of unless it limits the greenhouse gas emissions that scientists say are warming the planet.

On the sidelines of the conference, climate activists called on developed countries to step up their emissions cuts and their pledges of financing to help poor countries adapt to rising seas and other impacts of climate change.

Tense discussions also are expected on a proposed “loss and damage” mechanism that would allow vulnerable countries to get compensation for climate impacts that it’s already too late to adapt to.

Asked whether the U.S. had any plans to increase its emissions target in the international talks, U.S. negotiator Trigg Talley said the “focus for us now” is to meet the existing target, of cutting emissions by 17 percent between 2005 and 2020.

"I think that we are on the right track to achieve it," he said, noting President Barack Obama’s plans to cut emissions from power plants, boost renewable energy and other measures.

Though no major decisions are expected at the conference in Warsaw’s National Stadium, the level of progress could be an indicator of the world’s chances of reaching a deal in 2015. That’s the new watershed year in the U.N.-led process after a 2009 summit in Copenhagen ended in discord.

Al Jazeera and The Associated Press

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“There is a phrase I have heard in English: to leave someone alone with their grief. Urdu has no equivalent phrase. It only understands the concept of gathering around and becoming ‘ghum-khaur’ - grief-eaters - who take in the mourner’s sorrow. Would you like me to be in English or Urdu right now?”

—   Kamila Shamsie (Burnt Shadows)

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Cute Friendship Between Japanese Boy & His Bulldog

OMG last night i googled bulldog cuddling because it seemed like the right thing to do and then found this on my tumblr dashboard this morning! 

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I want to be better about archiving the work i’m making this year hence ..two drawings (?) that are essentially completions of gestures 

“A trillion dollars in student loan debt right now.  A trillion right.  A TRILLION dollars.
We are lending money that we don’t have to kids that will never be able to pay it back, to educate them for jobs that no longer exist.”

—   

Mike Rowe on Real Time with Bill Mahr (via timetoputonashow)

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Preach

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Mission District, SF. Lately i’ve been feeling low on inspiration fuel even though i’m looking at art every day and working on art everyday, its just not my own and i can’t seem to connect with it. Its been about a month since i visited SF and missing it so much already. The Latino art and activism movement that began in The Mission is the kind of inspiration i need, the murals we saw in Clarion Alley were gorgeous, the book stores are lovely, Dolores Park wins forever, and yo i’m going to cry because community engagement through art is stuff that i could cry about. 

you’ll always be with us, as long as we live okay 

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Urs Fischer, with the help of 1,500 people from L.A, at the Geffen MOCA. This show is  amazing, people of all ages helped out and there are some real gems.. the rendering of The Last Supper was a treat; loved the birds on bricks, really pretty; the tree trunks strewn all around were really cool; loved the waxed sculptures as well! This was a really great project, Fischer managed to both engage community and create a really beautiful and charming show. 

Sunday- woke up, went to the farmers market, talked to some village-folk, hung out with a pup, scrambled eggs, ate with some ladies as the sun poured in, lay in my bed and dreamt, did some cleaning, went rock-climbing, hung out at the farm, drew, wandered, made daal chawal-