Taking part in FAST FOR THE CLIMATE as a food blogger and food activist.
#fastfortheclimate to feel rooted in community united in solemnity, activism, steadfast facing of evolving emergency.” — and so I tweeted…
Fast for the Climate grew from this, and seems to be a kind of action and political expression that speaks particularly (though not exclusively) to climate groups coming from a religious point of view. There’s a universality to relating sacrifice (not eating) to a moral or political cause and feeling the directness of that relationship in one’s body. The experience of hunger becomes a grounding, a focus, a lens through which to consider, in this case, whatever aspect of climate change that concerns you– the destruction and suffering already affecting lives around the world, fears for the future, anger at the lack of government and international action, and more.
Regarding food and climate change– because this blog tries to keep food and eating at its core — there are numerous directions of thought and concern. Our diets matter, just as a changing climate will implicate our diets. Food availability, security, sovereignty all matter. Hunger, food justice, water, agriculture, our very ability to live on this earth — it’s all big stuff we must remain focused on. Perhaps I will emerge from these short fasts with new insights, which I can also share.
In the food blogging world, we’re cooking all the time, and eating all the time, and talking about cooking and eating all the time. There can be something kind of too-much, excessive, last-days-of-Rome about it. So it feels right to fast once in a while, and to talk about this as well. I’m hoping my readers, food bloggers and not, will join me in this, and let me know, and we can write about it and link together.
Meanwhile, there’s a new book out in the US, soon to be released in Australia and then in October in the UK, called Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall.
This book, to me, isn’t really about what the title says; it’s more an exploration of how the topic of Climate Change has been taken up conceptually, and ways that this has led to ideological divisiveness that clearly blocks effective action. The author has lots of insightful and extremely original and often humorous ideas that offer hope in this time when despair could take hold among people who understand the seriousness of climate change.
George Marshall, with whom I happen to share married life (full disclosure) proposes we cultivate something among us he dubs “Climate Conviction.” (The website for the book is called this.) I understand this concept to be a way we carry our understanding of the climate emergency, as well as understand our committment as activists to respond however we choose. We carry the conviction, and we do it speaking first from an I and We point-of -view.
When I first read about Fast for the Climate, this was the connection I imagined. That if I chose to fast, I would feel hunger that I could experience and use to reflect upon the rootedness of my beliefs. And I could experience this awareness as a connection with friends who were fasting, and other fasters I knew would be sharing this experience around the world. This would place me squarely in a community of believers, rather than rather alone in a world that often seems to be obliviously, stupidly, dangerously choosing blindness and inaction.
The 1st of September, tomorrow, I will be fasting.
#fastfortheclimate to feel rooted in community united in solemnity, activism, steadfast facing of evolving emergency.”
Think about joining in.