Earlier this evening, I attended a vigil in conjunction with the 24 hour fast. It was beautiful and reverent. A great place to be revitalized in this fast. There are many people here who have never fasted before, but for this cause they have made this choice to stand together. There is also a person who has been fasting since November 6th: 44 days. I spoke with her briefly and she took great courage from us joining her in the small way that we did.
It was in a space where the NGOs that have been kicked out of the main center where the negotiations are occurring are. There are probably 300-400 people here from all over the world. There is a set of candles lit for ‘climate justice’ and the vigil began with people putting tape over their mouths to symbolize that our voices have been left out, but that we will stand together for survival.
At the end of the ceremony, Deepa Gupta, co-founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network spoke and reminded us that the purpose of our struggle is for life. She said that this might actually be a blessing in disguise because this struggle has brought us together across all cultures, races, and creeds.
We must keep love as the focus. If we have love, we will have hope. If we have hope, we will have inspiration. If we have inspiration, we will have change. We will stop climate change (paraphrase of Deepa’s speech).
We were challenged to think of a person that we have been hurt by, and to forgive them. Only through this bold and courageous action of choosing to heal instead of causing more harm will we be able to survive as a species.