Laguna, The Philippines, after Typhoon Haiyan. Photo: ACT/Paul Jeffrey
Floods in Pakistan. Photo: ACT/CWS/Ghulam Rasool
Flood damage in Teresópolis, Brazil. Photo: ACT/LWF/Gustavo Bonato
Mindanao, The Philippines, after Typhoon Bopha. Photo: ACT/Paul Jeffrey
Cyclone Phailin, Orissa. Photo: ACT/CASA
This ongoing fast seeks to send a message to governments that people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, expect climate action. Already, millions of people have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of climate change. Yet government action remains profoundly inadequate towards a safe and just future for people and the planet.
The time to solve the crisis is now: we expect countries to cut carbon pollution and to secure a long-term renewable energy supply towards this safer future, particularly focusing on energy access and resilience for people living in poverty. We urge all world leaders to work together in order to ensure the planet is a safe and better place for future generations.
Personal Reflections on Fasting: “Why I’m fasting for the climate”
“Fasting made climate change real for me, opened my eyes and brought me closer to my neighbours. This is one of the reasons why fasting once a month is interesting: it raises one’s awareness on a regular basis and not only when extreme weather events happen. As long as you share your commitment around you, you help raising awareness about climate change. And that is, after all, what makes your fast matter.” — Martin Kopp.
When Typhoon Haiyan had just devastated the Philippines in November last year, climate commissioner Yeb Saño was at the UN climate talks in Warsaw. His own family was caught up in the disaster that killed thousands and destroyed homes and livelihoods across the country.
In a moving speech he said he would not eat until countries at the Warsaw conference delivered actions that would ‘stop the madness’ of the climate crisis.
Hundreds of others from around the world chose to fast with him in solidarity.
Despite this, the Warsaw meeting saw countries, like Japan, actually winding back their climate commitments, seemingly in denial that all countries will need to commit and contribute to the comprehensive, global climate action plan which is due in Paris in 2015.
The Fast For The Climate has grown into global movement with participation of youth groups, environmental groups and faith-based groups, who all want urgent action on climate change by governments this year.
If you’ve never fasted before, here are a few tips:
Fasting for a day from time to time doesn’t harm your health and many people believe it is beneficial to your health. But, if you are suffering from any serious health problems, do check with your doctor before fasting.
2014 is a crucial year in shaping our response to climate change.
Climate change meetings throughout the year, including the Climate Leaders Summit in New York, are building up to the crucial UN climate talks in Lima, Peru in December.
The UN climate negotiations in Lima this year, part of a negotiating process started in 1995, will be the most important climate change meeting ever yet, and will lay the foundations for binding agreements next year in Paris.
Throughout the year there are significant moments in the climate change calendar and we are linking our monthly fasting on the first of each month to this process.
See the full calendar of events through the year: