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Climate Change Coalition Slide Show Depicts Typhoon Destruction in Philippines

Professional photographer Jeff Pearcy will present a first-hand account of Typhoon Haiyan’s (aka Yolanda) devastation in the Philippines at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s monthly program on Wednesday, June 3. While a single weather event cannot be tied directly to climate change, scientists agree that as the planet warms, super-storms will occur more frequently. Pearcy’s talk begins at 7 at the Fellowship.

Emotion overcomes women representatives of the Yolanda Widows in Palo, Leyte. They represent widows in five Barangas. In many villages women and children were able to flee to higher ground as the men remained behind to secure their property. Estimates range from 6,000 to 8,000 people killed on the Island of Leyte. UUSC is assisting in building a network of CRM trained community members to address the impact of trauma.

A member of First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, Jeff Pearcy, was engaged by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) to photograph the recovery and continuing need after Typhoon Yolanda devastated the Philippines on November 8, 2013.  He visited a dozen sites on six islands over a two and a half week period.  Jeff’s work has been used by UUSC to increase fund raising for the efforts in the Philippines. On the Island of Leyte over six thousand people were killed in less than twelve hours.  This is an opportunity to view Jeff’s photographs and hear his first-hand account of the work many of us support through our contributions to UUSC.