The future of human civilization as we know it is threatened by climate change. In the southeast we have witnessed these dangers recently in some of the most destructive hurricanes ever experienced. Katrina, Mathew, Irma, Maria, Harvey, Florence and Michael are among the greatest teachers of all time.
People the world over are working to change the systems and institutions responsible for these dangers, to keep all fossil fuels in the ground and move us into a sustainable, socially just, future.
These people are lights in the darkness of our times, and their work, their example, and their courageous moral witness contradicts widespread hopelessness, and shows us many ways forward.
We stand in solidarity with those working to change the course of human history on planet Earth with a ten-day Thanksgiving Fast and Prayer. Fasting is an excellent way to focus our attention on an issue, to become more aware of our privileges – especially the privileges of those of us who can protect ourselves from some of the impacts of climate change and hunger – and to realize in new ways the blessings which life bestows on us when we take care of our Mother Earth.
Historically many people have seen fasting as a spiritually purifying ritual which leads to greater love and compassion for all beings – something which is sorely needed in this country at this time.
We are also following the example of Gandhi in India, who when all else failed to quell widespread violence between Hindus and Muslims during the struggle there for Independence, fasted until the violence ended.
By fasting for ten days before Thanksgiving, we intend to add light, prayer and witness to the efforts to end climate change.
Even though we are in the midst of a dire emergency, miracles happen, especially when as in this Thanksgiving season we have an opportunity to give thanks for all that we are blessed with, and for all that we still need. We will prevent catastrophic climate change and the sixth extinction from wrecking Mother Earth, but only if we do so with intention, prayer and action. have