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Friday, August 31, 2007

The Climate Emergency Fast

From the U.S. Climate Emergency Council (

1,000 People in all 50 States to Fast on Sept. 4th to End Global Warming

Religious, Student, Climate Leaders to Convene on Capitol Hill, Call on Congress to Pass Meaningful Climate Legislation

On the first day of Congress's fall session, national religious, student, and climate leaders will join together on Capitol Hill to explain why they and a thousand other people from every state in the nation are fasting on this day, and why some will not be eating for weeks.

The Climate Emergency Fast is the first-ever national action of this kind. It was initiated and is being coordinated by the U.S. Climate Emergency Council (

Fasters are calling upon the U.S. Congress to pass strong climate legislation this fall which would include a moratorium on any new coal plants, a freeze and major reductions of carbon emissions, and a $25 billion down payment in fiscal year 2008 for conservation, efficiency and renewables.

Those fasting around the country include author and activist Bill McKibben, Rev. Bob Edgar, former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, Episcopal Bishop of Maine, Rabbi Warren Stone, Environmental Chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Brent Blackwelder, President of Friends of the Earth, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, Van Jones of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Ilyse Hogue of MoveOn.

WHAT: Participants will explain why they and a thousand others around the USA and in at least fourteen other countries around the world are not eating on the first day the U.S. Congress returns from its summer recess, and why some intend to fast for weeks.

WHERE: Lower Senate Park, U.S. Capitol grounds, corner of Louisiana Ave. and D St. NW

WHEN: Tuesday, September 4th, 1:00 p.m.

Rev. Bob Edgar, Former General Secretary of the National Council of Churches
Ibrahim Ramey, Director, Human and Civil Rights Division, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
Rabbi Warren Stone, Environmental Chair, Central Conference of American Rabbis
Jim Lyons, Vice President for Policy & Communications, Oxfam America
Jessy Tolkan, Co-coordinator of Energy Action
Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Founder of the Hip Hop Caucus
Jean Stokan, Policy Director of Pax Christi, USA
Ted Glick, Coordinator, U.S. Climate Emergency Council



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