"MANILA - Hundreds of activists led by the Philippine climate change commissioner kicked off a 38-day walk of more than 1,000 km from Manila to the typhoon-hit city of Tacloban to raise awareness of rising risks from higher seas and extreme weather.
Climate commissioner Naderev 'Yeb' Saño grabbed global attention at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw last November when he gave a tearful speech and fasted in solidarity with the victims of super typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people in the central Philippines.
Saño, the country's chief climate negotiator, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation the 'Climate Walk' is a tribute to all those confronting the impacts of climate change, especially the most vulnerable.
The commissioner said the walk will flag the urgency of forging a new global deal to tackle climate change that 'responds to the latest science and prevents further dangerous climate change'.
Governments are due to agree a pact in Paris at the end of next year."