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In 2013, Filipina climate activist Joanna Sustento survived Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons in recorded history. At 25 years old in the Philippines, Joanna witnessed her mother, father, brother, sister-in-law and nephew die in the climate-fueled storm. Her mother's hands slipped through her grasp. She never found the bodies of her father and nephew. Now, as a climate activist with Greenpeace, Joanna tells us that there was a reason she survived: to hold the world's biggest carbon-emitting countries and companies accountable for their deadly policies. She tells her story as often as she can and puts a spotlight on the human impact behind the statistics and numbers about climate displacement. "Our experiences, our stories, it could put a human face on the numbers, on the statistics of climate change. And I believe that these global conferences, human stories—human stories—have that power to change the current system." Joanna is also fearless—she walked on a climate pilgrimage hundreds of miles across Europe to get to the climate talks in Katowice. You can see the full interview with Joanna from today about how she survived Typhoon Haiyan and how she thinks about activism. It's online at democracynow.org, or the link's in our bio.
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