BPSDB This morning two amazing women, Anna Keenan and Sara Svensson, gave a press conference in Barcelona about the Climate Justice Fast. Nothing I might say could compare to their words and actions. I can’t embed the webcast, so please click the link below and hear why they are putting their health and lives on the line, as well as the statement by Agnes who puts the Fast in it’s proper context.
Climate Justice Fast! Barcelona Link –
taking climate activism to the next level
Here is Paul Connor again, talking about Day 1.
and Kamrul Kahn from the Bengladesh Environmental Network explains why he is fasting in solidarity with the others in Climate Justice Fast!
The Fast has already gotten some decent press
- Climate activists fast to push leaders to sign strong deal at Copenhagen
- Man begins climate change hunger strike in Canberra
- Protesters angry over climate change inaction (Radio podcast)
and at Grist
Thanks to Peter, Karla, Krishna, Martha, Stewart, Laura and Jess for participating in the rolling fast which we will be carrying on until the end of the Copenhagen talks. More people are most welcome to join (just leave a comment and I will be in touch). I have asked each person to journal their fasting so that I can post some of it here.
Day One, Solidarity Fast: In support of those who have committed to real sacrifice here, I have chosen to fast today in solidarity. I will be back to my regular diet tomorrow, to get me primed for my committed days in the CJF rotation. I have done many solo-fasts in my life, but never as part of a group. I’m feeling a sense of interconnectedness to others I’ve never met, and heightened awareness of the importance of the statement that is being made. (INDIE FILM MAKERS, ARE YOU OUT THERE?) I am really pumped to be part of this.
I am already being given a taste of what my commitment is going to entail after fasting thus far for about twenty hours. I’ve already had to face my addiction to food, which I wasn’t even aware existed. Around 5:30 today, I found myself struggling with a desire to eat. I must admit, I even toyed with the idea of breaking the fast, justifying to myself that, afterall, this was merely a ‘trial run’, that I hadn’t committed to anyone but myself here.
Certainly no one but me would even know if I had something to eat. I tried to tell myself that today was merely a self-chosen day to raise my awareness and show solidarity for the “real” heroes. I even strolled down to the cafeteria at work, and perused today’s offerings. I am easily able to say that I left with more resolve to stay the course, albeit this leg of my fast will end tomorrow. (Then comes Mary… who dare reheat pizza in the microwave behind my workstation. Proud to report, though it smelled really good, I poured myself a cup of tea and thought of the real heroes here. Godspeed to all of you.
~Karla @ the 45th parallel
“My life is my message. ” ~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Ghandi
“Since 1982, spring in East Asia (defined here as the eastern third of China and the Korean Peninsula) has been warming at a rate of one degree Fahrenheit per decade.” Earth Gauge
We give our consent every moment that we do not resist.
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