Vigils bring attention to climate change

The Rev. Angelo Te of Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland says "to be a good shepherd, you have to have the smell of the sheep on you."

That's why he's joining in a global solidarity fast on Wednesday as a call to action to address climate change and support the Philippine people, who were devastated Nov. 8 by one of the most powerful typhoons on record.

"The pope said that about being out there with the sheep and I am going to be there, fasting," says Te. "It's part of the Catholic faith. It heightens other senses and makes you aware. It makes you know so many people in the Philippines have lost homes and barely have enough food."

The 370-mile-wide typhoon and its sustained winds of 195 mph left more than 4,000 people dead and 3 million without homes, according to the United Nations.

Angelo will join others gathering on the Ashland Plaza from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to show support for Nadarev (Yeb) Sano, the Philippines delegate to the Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland. Sano is fasting for the duration of the conference, Nov. 11-22, as a call for action to reduce global warming, which many blame for typhoon Haiyan.

A similar gathering is planned in Medford at 8:30 a.m. in Vogel Plaza at Main Street and Central Avenue.

The public, fasting or not, is welcome to the vigils, says organizer Hannah Sohl of Rogue Climate, which is sponsoring them.

— John Darling

Read more in Wednesday's paper.

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