People from all walks of life are fasting to stand in solidarity with vulnerable communities most affected by dangerous climate impacts. The fast started in December 2013 at the UN climate talks in Warsaw (COP19), when Philippines negotiator Yeb Sano stopped eating in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, to express his solidarity with those affected and to demand progress in the negotiations.
Thousands joined him and have kept fasting one day each month since. The next fasting day is 1 December, the opening day of the next round of climate talks – COP20.
The opening day of COP20 Lima is expected to be the biggest climate fast in history. Latin American and international NGOs from environmental, development and climate justice networks, a broad range of youth activists, negotiators from across negotiating blocks and other high-profile people in the UN climate talks will join the fast. Many people are hungry for action.
Here’s how you can help us make 1 December 2014 even bigger:
- 30 November, 17:30 local time, Av. Boulevard in San Borja, outside the Pentagonito
Bring the Fast for the Climate message to the streets of Lima. On the eve of COP20, the Interfaith Council of Peru and Religions for Peace will hold a powerful, candlelit vigil involving people from different backgrounds and, in the process, creating a powerful image for social and traditional media.
Every person at the vigil will hold a candle or “antorcha” in remembrance of those already impacted by climate change. Supporters will be offered Fast for the Climate t-shirts and badges they can wear. This event will be followed by a music concert where prominent fasters will speak. Venue details to be confirmed closer to the date.
- 1 December, 13:30, Fast for the Climate Photo Opportunity inside COP20
Join us at lunchtime on our global fasting day – which is also the 1st day of the climate talks (Monday, 1 December) and show your support for the message of the Fast. Fast for the
Climate invites all fasters and negotiators to join us for a photo opportunity in the main canteen inside the COP20 conference venue.
At a press conference afterwards, fasters from faith, youth and NGOs will explain the fast to the media and launch a 365-days fasting chain from Lima to Paris.
- Throughout: Spread the word, wear the badge
Please tweet, post or blog about the #fastfortheclimate events and your individual or your organisation’s involvement on 30 November and/or 1 December. Support and follow us on Twitter and Facebook. You can also show your solidarity through wearing a Fast for the Climate badge or t-shirt, find us at the vigil, the P3 Foundation booth or at the canteen photo op!