X: But wait-- first I must hear of your plotting for world subjugation! What does that entail?
Y: Well, Pinky, the plan is simple. First, we broadcast funk to every speaker on the planet. Then, while everyone is grooving, we begin our subliminal programming. Finally, we take over the world! The UN will become a dance party, as funk becomes the language of conflict resolution. We call it Operation World Poppin'
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Food for Thought: Some things to think about if you’re considering fasting in solidarity with the Philippines
At our NYU Divest meeting tonight, we decided to coordinate a collective fast in solidarity with the Philippines and Yeb Saño. This post includes a brief overview of the situation as well as some resources for individuals who wish to understand in more depth and/or are considering fasting.
As of Monday November 11, Philippine delegate Naderev (Yeb) Saño announced that he would begin “voluntary fasting for the climate…until a meaningful outcome is in sight” at the COP19 international climate change negotiations. Saño is specifically calling for financing of the Green Climate Fund, which has yet to see pledged funds since it was designated to support adaptation and mitigation projects in developing countries in 2009.
See Saño’s full statement here.
Watch Sano’s speech here.
Hundreds have decided to fast in solidarity with Saño in refusal of allowing inaction dominate yet another COP. Fasters initially included delegates representing young people and civil society at the UN negotiations and participation continues to spread. The Massachusetts group Students for a Just and Stable Future is organizing an expanded solidarity fast starting tomorrow (Monday) until Friday, when negotiations are scheduled to close.
See facebook event here.
If you decide to participate, please follow detailed instructions on the facebook event. Most importantly, register on this google form so the organizers can report accurate numbers.
Yesterday, Laura Rigell sent an email to the Students Divest listserv, urging leaders in our movement to join. Laura is a member of Swarthmore Mountain Justice and is part of the Swarthmore delegation at COP19. She wrote:
"Some of us at COP19 think this is a great opportunity for the recently-launched Student Divestment Network to flex its muscles. At the moment there are hundreds solidarity fasting, I believe that we could contribute 1000 or more to that list."
I couldn’t agree with Laura more. For this reason and others, I have decided to participate in the fast along with members from NYU Divest who are participating for various lengths.
Here are some fast types and lengths that participants are engaging in:
- Sunrise to sunset, one day
- Sunrise to sunset, multiple days
- 24 hour fast, one day
- Full fast, multiple days
Remember that the type of fast you choose is personal to you. If you are considering participating, the following materials may be of use:
Rules Rules for (hunger-striking) radicals
Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence
An excellent article on fasting and hunger strikes. Some history, best practices, good ideas and words of caution.
Fasting for the Philippines
Ted Glick, Grist
This is an article written by the national policy director for the Chesapeake Climate Action network. He explains his reasons for undertaking the fast on the second day of his participation.
Clear Liquid Diet Guidelines
NYU Langone Medical Center
Commissioner Saño is drinking fluids but refusing solids. If you decide to participate in this kind of fast, here are some guidelines for doing so safely. This particular guide is intended for patients preparing for surgery and only includes clear fluids. A clear liquid diet is not recommended “for more than five days unless high-protein gelatin or other low-residue supplements are added.”Medline Plus, National Institutes of HealthThese are guidelines for a full liquid diet. You might find this helpful for transitioning in or out of your fast, or to supplement a multi-day fast. This includes “fluids and foods that are normally liquid and foods that turn to liquid when they are at room temperature, like ice cream. It also includes strained creamy soups, tea, juice, Jell-O, milkshakes, pudding, and popsicles.”
Again, the type and duration of fast you choose is personal to you.
Please stay posted for more activity from NYU Divest. We are currently planning a rolling fast from Monday to Friday, and will be publicizing our actions on social media. See sample meme, solidarity dot and NYU Divest solidarity dot here.
Additional links & hashtags:
- Stand with the Philippines Avaaz petition created by Yeb Saño
- 350.org petition + recommended relief organizations
- Host a #WeStandWithYou Vigil - 350.org
- National Alliance for Filpino Concerns (NAFCON) Haiyan Taskforce - grassroots relief effort w/ organizers in NY and NJ
- From the US to Philippines, Nurses Mobilize in Typhoon Haiyan’s Wake - an international labor-led solidarity relief effort by the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), including many nurses from the Filipino diaspora (h/t Alex Stevens)
- Philippine Movement for Climate Justice facebook page
- We Stand With You facebook page
- Hashtags: #FastfortheClimate #WeStandWithYou #COP19 #ActonClimate #StopTheMadness
I hope that we are able to put enough pressure on decision-makers at COP19 to make ‘meaningful progress’ at this negotiation. If anyone has additional ideas on how to achieve this, I encourage you to discuss them with your peers and take action before Friday.
With much love and gratitude,
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