Yeb Saño is Greenfield Southeast Asia newest executive director
Even after that stirring appeal before 190 countries a climate summit in Warsaw in 2013, Naderev “Yeb” Saño is not going to provide climate change detractors a chance to downplay his ambitious goal of protecting the planet from utter destruction.
Because this time, he is going to take up his cause hand in hand with Greenpeace Southeast Asia which has chosen him to be its newest executive director.
Yeb, who served as Climate Change Commissioner for the Philippines and the government’s lead negotiator at the Warsaw climate talks, will bring to Greenpeace his two decades worth of working experience to combat climate change.
Suzy Hutomo, Greenpeace Southeast Asia Regional Board Chair, said they are extremely pleased to welcome the lone climate delegate who made the heart wrenching appeal for countries to act on climate change at the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Poland after the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Eastern Visayas Region of the Philippines in November 2013.
In solidarity with his countrymen, Yeb went through seven days without food after making a tearful appeal ending it only after gaining support from environmental organizations, including Greenpeace, 350.org, MoveOn, Friends of the Earth, 18 Million Rising for climate change action.
“We are confident that he will lead Greenpeace Southeast Asia to achieve our ambitious goal of protecting Southeast Asia’s natural heritage from destruction,” said Hutomo.
“Under Yeb’s tenure, Greenpeace will continue working together with other social and environmental movements to achieve our common goal. With the support of the people, we know that we can achieve social and environmental justice,” she said.
Yeb said he is thrilled to be part of one the best-loved global environmental campaigning organization, and to be joining millions of people around the globe bent on finding solutions to the world’s ecological crisis.
“The battle cannot be won merely within the confines of the institutions we have built and the boundaries of my own country. All of us need to stand together to make it happen,” Yeb said. (Ched Romulo)