The Philippines is disaster-weary, hit year after year by typhoons on steroids, strengthened by climate change caused by the world's use of oil, coal and gas. These communities can ill afford the constant damage, but they are strong and proud, happy people. Their sense of community is heartening but also heartbreaking.
Today in the Philippines, women and open-hearted men are at the forefront of a peaceful battle, the battle for Human Rights in Childbirth. In October of 2014, we had a gentle triumph: Dr. Teodoro Herbosa the Undersecretary of the Department of Health for the Philippines, came out publicly in favor of Gentle Childbirth.
One of the greatest injustices of climate change is that those who have done the least to cause it -- like the residents of the Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda -- feel the impacts first and worst through rising sea levels and extreme weather.
Lisa Shultz of The Peace Project and The Whole 9 Gallery is one of those people, someone who's not only out to make a tangible difference in the lives of real people around the world, but an innovator who's putting her time, effort, money and incredible drive right where her mouth -- and her mission -- is.
The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.
Six months after one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded on earth slammed into the Philippines last November, the physical signs of recovery are increasingly visible.
When typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines last November, killing more than 6,000 people and destroying millions of people's houses and livelihoods, people like fisherman Lionel Advincula, from Barangay Bislig in Tanauan municipality, Leyte province, found themselves having to make some tough choices.
Time and again, we heard Filipinos are "resilient." While it's an oft-repeated cliché, it's also true.
They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of six noteworthy souls that strive to make the world a better place.
To privatize, or not to privatize -- this is a fundamental question facing the Philippines, and many other similarly-situated emerging markets, which face increasingly unaffordable public services after decades of aggressive privatization.
Despite all of the destruction, sadness, confusion, worry and fear I found in the Philippines, I found something else too -- I found hope.
This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.
The people of the Philippines are not defeated. During our trip, we learned a Filipino word -- Bayanihan -- that perfectly encapsulates what we witnessed among typhoon survivors. The word means a spirit of communal effort.
Natural disasters do not affect everyone equally or in the same ways. The burning questions are not just about whether we get adequate nourishment or shelter, but also if it is safe to be who we are. Are shelters open to openly gay/lesbian people or transgender individuals?
Deadly natural disasters like Typhoon Haiyan are terrifying ordeals for everyone involved, but for children in particular, they can disrupt their lives in so many ways. Our focus is to make sure that children's distinctive needs are met.