Ways to help the Philippines.

yolandaImage: courtesy Japan Meteorological Agency
0200 UTC, November 8, 2013.

Haiyan/Yolanda was the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in recorded history. The images and stories of the devastation are the stuff of nightmares—and we still don’t know the half of it.

If you are in the fortunate position of being able to help, here are some great organizations that could use it:

Philippine Red Cross. They’re coordinating aid and sending first responders out to the hardest hit locations.

UNICEF. This UN agency focuses on children, and estimates 4 million are affected.

Medecins Sans Frontieres, Doctors Without Borders. Medical and relief supplies and personnel. Many hospitals in the region have no power, and supplies are dwindling. Cholera from unsafe drinking water is a particularly deadly threat, especially to children.

CARE.org. Provides direct aid: food, shelter, water, medical care.

Ocean temperatures will continue to rise as a result of greenhouse gases, and we will see more powerful storms, unprecedented wildfires like the one in Colorado this year, and shifting weather patterns that will implicate food supplies, ecosystem collapses, species extinctions, disease vectors and mass human migrations, among many other calamities. Hell, my neighborhood still hasn’t recovered from Hurricane Sandy, and we weren’t nearly the hardest hit.

So do me a favor, will you? Contact your Congresscritters and the President. Demand that they repeal the massive tax credits to Big Oil, ban fracking, block the Keystone XL pipeline, and fund clean energy research—and a jobs program based thereon. They can just send the bill to, oh, I don’t know…how about BP, ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell. No, your elected officials will not listen to you. But do it anyway. When future generations look back on ours and wonder what we did to prevent climate change, be counted on the side that fought for them.

Just a reminder: by 2015, the U.S. will be the largest oil producer in the world. This moment will be brought to you by a Democratic administration, and the bipartisan consensus of an inept and corrupt congress.

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