November 13, 2013
Philippine climate negotiator Yeb Sano has inspired the Warsaw COP with his moving speech about Typhoon Haiyan and his commitment to fast until a meaningful response to climate change is in sight in the negotiations. Many people are fasting out of solidarity, and like yesterday, I’m not eating between breakfast and dinner.
Skipping lunch is small beer compared to Yeb’s commitment, and pales to entire insignificance compared to the people suffering the aftermath of the Typhoon. But it’s more than empty symbolism.
There are many of us who primarily fight climate change and inequality 9-5 from the comfort of an office, leading professional lives and enjoying the benefits of a prosperous society. But there is nothing more primal than a rumbling tummy to put you in touch with the reality so many people face all around the world, and not just in the South. And fasting, whether as a symbol of religious conviction or of resistance, has a long and rich history.
So you don’t have to be a hero to make a point, to yourself and to others. I’m going to save a few euros today, and add it to a donation our office is organising. I hope you’ll consider doing the same, and let others know if you do.