Sunday 1 March
Psalms 20:7 -: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God
FAST FOR THE CLIMATE
And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away. Acts 13:3
Fasting in the Bible is not associated with inaction. It is associated with drawing close to God in order to make a difference in the world. This week we consider our lifestyle in the area of ‘moving”. We live in a mobile society where our form of transport is often associated with status. As we consider a more simple lifestyle, we need to move towards smaller cars, lift sharing, public transport, scooters, bicycles and best of all our feet!!
Today is the first of March, we would like to encourage you to join the fast and pray for the climate movement.
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.