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Fast for the climate: marching towards hope

1 October 2014

What a month for global action on climate change! On 21 September we were part of the world’s largest ever climate march. 

Activists holding Fast for the Climate banners

Photo credit – Sean Hawkey, Fast for the Climate

Just two days before 120 world leaders gathered in New York to catalyse action on climate change, hundreds of thousands of people around the world stood up to make their voices heard.

Fasters from around the world were present at the marches, abstaining before the summit and praying for progress.

Leaders listened to us

It was the biggest meeting of world leaders on climate change for over five years and it’s great that so many of them reiterated the need to act, and emphasised their commitment to that action. It shows they were listening to the marchers on the streets. 

If you wrote to David Cameron asking him to commit to act boldly at the summit and to tell him about your support for the global fast for the climate, thank you.

In his speech at the summit, Cameron emphasised the link between the fight against global poverty and the need to tackle climate change. He also said he wanted to see an end to ‘perverse fossil fuel subsidies’ – a key step towards making dirty energy a thing of the past.

Your pressure helped to make sure he not only attended the summit but also talked tough when he got there. Now we need to ensure he turns these words into action here in the UK.

What we can do next

Being part of the global fast for the climate and sacrificing food on the first day of the month is one way you can help keep the pressure on our leaders, by calling on them to match this personal commitment with bold political action.

Pray with us

Another way you can keep up the pressure is by praying and acting in your local church and community.

This month, hundreds of churches across the country are acting and praying for our climate during the same weekend. Will you be part of hunger for justice?

Our prayer for harvest seems fitting for breaking a fast – please use and share it widely:

The earth is fruitful,
may we be generous.
The earth is fragile,
may we be gentle.
The earth is fractured,
may we be just.
Creating God,
harvest in us joy and generosity
as we together share in thanks and giving.
Amen.

This post is part of our monthly Fast for the Climate series. Find out more here.

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