In 2012, Typhoon Bopha struck the Philippines while CFACT was at COP 18, the UN climate conference in Doha, Qatar. Filipino negotiator Yeb Sano made a tear-filled speech pleading for a global warming treaty.
A young global warming campaigner named Adam Greenberg fasted along “in solidarity” with Yeb for 13 days during that Warsaw event. Now today in Lima, Martin Kopp, “climate justice advocate” for the Lutheran World Federation, Mohamed Adow of Christian Aid, and Laura Vargas of the Inter-Religious Council of Peru joined Adam to announce a project called, “Fast for the Climate” at a press conference at the Pentagonito. Sano joined in via a pre-recorded video.
“People are living and dying and suffering,” Greenberg said. “During COP 19 the Philippines were slammed by a typhoon. The price we’re paying is in human lives.”
Indeed, history records naturally occurring severe typhoons having major impacts on the affairs of empires, going back centuries. In both 1274 and 1281, Kublai Khan attempted to conquer Japan only to have the Mongol fleets destroyed by massive storms which the Japanese called “kamikazes” or “divine winds.” These storms later gave their name to the Japanese suicide pilots who hoped to block the imminent invasion planned by the allies at the close of WW II.
“People will keep fasting one day every month until the Paris talks in 2015,” Kopp said. “Every day for the next 365 days somebody will be fasting. The fast will actually travel all around the world. Finish in France at the beginning of COP 21.”
“People are suffering now because of climate change,” Vargas said. “All kinds of life are suffering. Climate change is not for the future. Climate change is affecting us right now.”