Naderev ‘Yeb’ Saño is a climate justice activist from the Philippines and the executive director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia. He is also the vice chair of the board of the Laudato Si’ Movement and serves on the international board of 350.org.
A veteran of the environmental movement for close to three decades, Saño has worked with local communities and international bodies on issues such as: clean energy, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, disaster risk reduction, local governance, and human rights. He has led a team in the landmark human rights case filed against the top fossil fuel companies at the Commission on Human Rights.
Previously, Saño served as commissioner (with the rank of undersecretary) of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission. He served as the Philippines’ chief negotiator for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and is widely known as a champion for climate justice and a voice for developing countries in the UN.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, Saño delivered an impassioned speech during the United Nations Climate Summit in Warsaw in 2013 and underwent 14 days of fasting in solidarity with the typhoon victims.
Saño spent time as a spiritual ambassador for OurVoices, an international, multi-faith campaign for strong climate action and climate justice. He also serves as co-convenor of the Asian Energy Network and of the Fight Inequality Alliance Asia. He is a co-founder of Bikers United Movement Inc., a non-profit group advocating for inclusive mobility and sustainable transport.