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Fast for Life! - Reflect on consumption and global food security

25. January 2011

    Take one day, 9 March, to "Fast for Life" and reflect on our own consumption and commit to doing what we can to contribute to global food security.

    Close to one billion people are suffering from hunger around the world today. Despite the goodness and bounty of God's gifts to us in creation, so many people experience scarcity: famine, hunger, deprivation and want. At the same time, there are people in all parts of the world who suffer the effects of "too much": too much salt, sugar, fat, calories. These are all dimensions of the unsustainable consumption of food. Our individual decisions, as well as collective ones, have increased the divide between the haves and the have nots. As a global society, our sense of balance and right relations is further strained.

    Join with churches, Christian organizations and people of faith around the world in a week of prayer and fasting around Ash Wednesday, 9 March and reflect on the numbers of hungry people and the human suffering behind them.  Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance and it marks the beginning of Lent. Ashes were used in ancient times, according to the Bible, to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent's way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. Let's take this as an opportunity to fast from food, fossil fuels and over-consumption as a symbolic gesture of support for hungry and malnourished people.
    What can you do?

    Join by taking either individual or collective action on 9 March:

    1. Fast from food as a symbolic gesture in solidarity with people living with hunger.
    2. Fast from fossil fuels by parking your car and walking, riding a bike, or taking public transport to help reduce greenhouse gases.
    3. Fast from over-consumption by leaving your wallet at home and committing to 'buy nothing 'on 9 March.
    4. Organize a worship service on Ash Wednesday to reflect on the inequalities that allow for hunger and over-consumption in this world.
    5. Use online daily devotional prayers from 6-13 March to pray and reflect on hunger (available at the end of February).
    6. Use the EAA/Ecumenical Water Network fact sheet to learn more about land and water grabbing (available after 14 February).
    7. Sign a letter to the FAO calling for the respect of land and water rights (available after 14 February)
    8. Share your resources on food consumption, reflections and prayers on face book or let us know of your activities by sending an email to amunzara@e-alliance.ch


    These resources, and others for worship, study and action are available at www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/sustainable-consumption/fast-for-life/

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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