Climate envoy named 'WikiPinoy of the Year'

Posted at 01/21/2014 6:26 PM | Updated as of 01/22/2014 10:27 AM
Climate change commissioner Yeb Saño (third from right), WikiPinoy for 2013, poses with Danilo Niño Calalang, Managing Editor for LG&M, Vee Press, and Professional Publishing; Rosalia Eugenio, Managing Editor for Vibal Foundation; Gilmeri Gem Mallorca, Project Lead of WikiPilipinas; Atty. Eunice Agsaoay-Saño; and Desiree Llanos-Dee of Climate Change Commission. Photo: Handout

MANILA – Climate change commissioner Naderev “Yeb” Saño, who made headlines last year for his passionate address to the United Nations climate conference in Warsaw, Poland, has been named “WikiPinoy of the Year.”

Online encyclopedia WikiPilipinas defined the WikiPinoy as “a person or group of people who has empowered the public by providing open information and in-depth insight into the more significant issues affecting the country today.”

Saño garnered the highest number of online votes for the award, beating the other nominees chosen by WikiPilipinas’ editorial team.

The rest of the nominees include ABS-CBN reporter Atom Araullo, Change.org campaigns director Inday Espina-Varona, weather analyst Karen Cardenas, pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, People’s Caravan and #ScrapPork network.

In his acceptance speech at the Vibal Publishing House last January 15, Saño said he is honored to have been named WikiPinoy for 2013, succeeding the late Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

“I am deeply honored to walk with all of you on this journey and I am eternally grateful for your solidarity. Sa bayan kong Pilipinas, maraming salamat. Mabuhay ang WikiPilipinas at mabuhay ang lahing Pilipino!” he said.

Last November 11, during the UN climate change conference, Saño delivered an emotional speech in front of representatives of 190 countries where he linked man-made climate change to super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan).

He then declared that he would fast until the UN talks produced results as he urged governments in Poland to take emergency action over the climate talks.

According to WikiPilipinas, over 100,000 people across the globe showed their support for Saño and his #FastingForTheClimate campaign.