Friday, December 23, 2011

Sendong: Is it climate change? It's complicated.

In the past three days, many people, many from the media, have called, texted, emailed, or in person asked me whether the tragedy caused by Sendong can be attributed to climate change. This is a very sensible question and one that deserves a thorough answer. 

We are against one real cruel enemy - that is climate change

Joint Informal Stocktaking Plenary

Delivered by Commissioner Yeb Sano
2:00 a.m., 11 December 2011
Durban, South Africa

Thank you Madam President.

I have here in my hand hard copies of the Convention and the KP as printed in 1998. I have used them for 13 years and I hold them dearly. I am afraid these booklets are in danger of being relegated as relics of a lost era.

In the past week, we were also witnesses to the thousands of people who wore “I love KP shirts.” I’m afraid these I love KP shirts are in danger of becoming mere souvenirs of a lost era – an era that is at risk of losing our existing legally-binding rules-based regime that aims to avert the most serious threat to humanity.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Does a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

by Yeb Sano

UNEP has come out with a report entitled "Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication". I thank the UNEP for this report, as it gives us a better picture of what a green economy is, and how it can provide the impetus for sustainable development as envisioned in Rio almost 20 years ago. 

At the onset, I would say that there is little I can argue with the ideals of green economy, as the report explains it to be. My reflection on the report would mainly revolve around three Cs – which coincidentally is the acronym of the Climate Change Commission. The first C is concept. The 2nd C is content. And the 3rd C is context. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Just posting one of my favorite prose poems by Max Ehrmann. Timeless and always universal.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Sea is Life

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Why I Love Going to the Beach
by Yeb Sano

            Ang dagat ay buhay. (The sea is life)

            Of all natural wonders, I love the sea. For me, the sea is a refuge which takes away the toxins of urban life. A few hours by the shore where water greets the land is enough to ease the tensions of one who have become hardened by the daily grind of so-called civilization. A dip in the cool clear waters of our countryside coasts is a magical experience that loosens up every muscle and every bone. The sea absorbs my frustrations, and transforms my inner torments into waves of hope. And this enchanting experience is even multiplied hundredfold when I descend beneath the glassy surface of the sea into an underwater realm…a truly awesome sight that reveals the Creator’s sense of humor and beauty.  Yes, the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen are beneath the waves. That is why I always look forward to a trip to the beach.

Friday, February 25, 2011


I am posting an older piece written by a friend... on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of EDSA

by Victor de Leon
24 February 2006


Today, our generation is faced with perhaps the most important problem of all time – the radical decline of nature, the very source of life for billions of people on Earth. If our generation fails to find a solution, then future generations would inherit the problem, likely amplified a hundredfold. This predicament is not exclusive to any one country, but the most adversely affected by the impacts of environmental degradation are the least developed and developing countries in the so-called economic South.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Conventional Genset or Solar Panels?

The supply side is rapidly evolving and even every month, there are new technologies. The decision to install solar power in a home depends on several factors, of course including 'for the love of the environment'. The primary concern is the cost, which I would say has gone down dramatically in the past few years. And if we are choosing between conventional gensets and solar power systems for your home, it would perhaps be useful to do a comparative analysis. Offhand, it would look like this (on a scoring scale of 1-3, with 3 being the highest positive score):