Facebook event page to spread the word by sharing and inviting friends. Originated by Philadelphia PA IPL co-chair, Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein.
Join me in fasting on the Fast of Esther, or Ta’anit Esther, to pray for Divine mercy and to gain courage in speaking out and taking action on behalf of sustainable life on Earth.
Ta’anit Esther is a traditional Jewish dawn-to-dusk fast (no food or water) the day before Purim, based on Esther 4:16. Queen Esther risks her life to save her people, and in preparing for this courageous act, she calls for a communal fast. I call upon people of all faiths to join me in this fast, as a transformation of our unsustainable global economy will require all of us working and sacrificing together.
Members of PA IPL will join Fast for the Climate December 1, while international climate talks are going on in Paris, and on the first of each month following. We’re joining national and international organizations, religious and secular. Register at the link to be counted, making your fast an act of corporate solidarity, as well as individual spiritual discipline. Use the “Fasters” link to see some of the leaders who will be fasting with you.
This fast is not bound by specific rules: you may choose how you will fast. You may choose a food fast, or make yours a carbon fast, giving up a particular use of fossil fuels that day —car, hot water, or stove, for example. If you are not normally a vegan, eating vegan on the first of each month is both in the spirit of the fast, and good practice for moving toward a lower-carbon diet. Go to the Fast for the Climate page for more about fasting — food fasting and alternative fasting.
Share your experiences with us via email, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter (PAIPL_US) all with the hashtag: #fastfortheclimate.
Quotes from fasters:
“It’s a rich personal experience, it gives a sense of revival, and cleansing, and joyfulness.”
“To bring climate change under control we need to exercise self-control, we need to act together, fasting enhances our focus and determination.”
“I feel physically in solidarity with people who are affected by climate change when I fast, it gives us a glimpse of the reality for millions, a feeling of connection and urgency.”