Sunday, November 22, 2015

Game Changer Event

By Anton Antonio
November 23, 2015

What is a game changer?  A game changer is an event, idea, or procedure that effects a significant shift in the current manner of doing or thinking about something.  In the field of environmental science, Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) could be called a game changer event.  And why should Typhoon Yolanda be a game changer event?  Well, this particular tropical storm is said to be a direct effect of global warming… and global warming is the main engine of climate change.

Here is a researched short literature on the strongest storm to ever make landfall in the Philippines:  “Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early November 2013.  It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon recorded in modern history, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone.  Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall and the second-strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of one-minute sustained wind speed.  The cyclone caused catastrophic destruction in the Visayas, particularly on Samar and Leyte, Cebu, Capiz, Negros and Northern Iloilo.  According to United Nations officials, about 11 million people have been affected --- many have been left homeless.” (Wikipedia)

Typhoon Haiyan, as scientific studies revealed, is the direct result of global warming and subsequently climate change.  Climate change deniers, for whatever selfish intention and interest, still regard Typhoon Haiyan as a “normal” occurrence.  Over 6,000 people dead and 11 million people left homeless is hardly a “normal” occurrence to me.  A continued belief that climate change is a myth could only mean “business as usual” for big oil and fossil fuel interest.  What then is the symbolism and use of Typhoon Haiyan as a game changer event?

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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Wikipedia, (2015). Typhoon Haiyan. Retrieved on November 23, 2015 from

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