Fast for the Climate began its 24 hour fasting as participants made their pledge at COP 20 in Lima today.
All over the world individuals, organizations and an entire country made the pledge to fast 24 hours in solidarity for communities hardest hit by climate effects.
Outside and under a vast shady awning at COP 20 in the district of San Borja, more than 20 people held signs and empty plates symbolizing their fasting. Around a table they each sat and spoke on their personal reasons and emotions regarding their participation.
For participant Maddie Little (19), deciding to fast involved no hesitation. One of 14 youth delegates from New Zealand, Little is part of the global youth movement against climate change.
After finishing secondary school, Little taught at a school in Malawi for 7 months. I was living with people that were directly affected by climate change and experiencing famine,’ Little told Peru this Week. For this experience, she felt a strong commitment to the cause.
Fast for the Climate began after last year’s Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in November. Their climate commissioner Yeb Saño was attending the UN Climate talks whilst his own family endured the tragedy that left many homeless, displaced, and dead. With grave words and compassion he gave a speech and committed to fasting until the Warsaw conference produced results to stop the madness’ of the climate crisis.
Many around the world joined Saño in solidarity and thus began Fast for the Climate.