Fast for the Earth


Fast for the Earth (anywhere) Brookings, SD
United States
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 1:00am

We invite you to join us in the “Fast for the Earth” (, Launching August 1, 2012, the Fast will be a global nonviolent protest against wanton disregard for the natural world, and a spiritual affirmation that we are all part of that world, responsible for its careful tending. Our goal is to have at least one person or group somewhere in the world always fasting for the Earth.

The Fast is being organized by a group of us here in Brookings who are deeply troubled by tar sands mining and the construction of related pipelines. It has been inspired by the recent public fasting of indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada in protest of the same, and will be undertaken in kinship with them.

Tar sands exploitation is only one manifestation of humanity’s destruction of the planet. To resist such destruction and the “powers” conspiring to perpetrate it, we must employ both new and time-tested nonviolent strategies and disciplines. Fasting has long been used for transformation of self and world, which are inseparable. So we're calling on all people of good will to join with us in the Fast for the Earth: to strengthen us for the struggle, to recognize our kinship in a physical and spiritual way, and to begin exorcising the forces that would make this planet lifeless.

Though it has originated in a small, out-of-the-way place, we would like the Fast to be a worldwide movement. While individuals will fast however and whenever they choose, the Fast as a movement will go on indefinitely. The health of Grandmother Earth affects us all, wherever we live, and the struggle to save her life will be a long one.

How can you support the Fast, where you are?

  • Sign up on our website! You can fast for any duration, at any time, in any way you choose. Just commit to be involved.
  • Organize others to fast with you, and/or to hold public events affiliated with the Fast.
  • Publicly endorse the Fast, to encourage others to get involved.
  • Spread the word about the Fast through your personal, social and organizational networks.

Thank you in advance for being a strong ally!

Deep peace,
Phyllis Cole-Dai, Fast Co-organizer,