Call for monthly climate change fast

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07 November 2014

by a staff reporter

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Thinning ice: the Lyell Glacier, In Yosemite National Park in California, pictured on the left in September, 2009 and right, in September 2014 

Thinning ice: the Lyell Glacier, In Yosemite National Park in California, pictured on the left in September, 2009 and right, in S...

CHRISTIANS concerned about climate change are being asked to fast and pray on the first day of every month for a year, as momentum builds towards a new international climate-change agreement to be signed in December 2015.

The initiative follows the fast of Yeb Sano, the head of the Philippines' delegation at the UN's climate talks last year, in the wake of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in his country (News, 29 November 2013). He fasted throughout the talks, and has continued to fast on the first of every month since, until progress is made to "stop the madness" of climate change.

A service to mark the first fast was held this week at St John's, Waterloo, in London, by the charity Operation Noah, supported by other Christian charities.

The Vicar of St John's, Canon Giles Goddard, who is on the board of Operation Noah, said that "the need for change is urgent, and everyone can help bring it about. This is an initiative about hope. Praying and fasting for the climate will inspire action, and encourage people to think about what needs to happen. We are calling for justice for all those impacted by climate change now and in the future, and for an ambitious outcome at next year's climate talks in Paris."

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