Dear Friends of Fast for the Earth,
In our home of South Dakota where Fast for the Earth started, we have focused a lot of our spiritual and physical energy on stopping the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The good news is: it has been stopped, at least for the time being. The permit to build it has just expired in South Dakota. Now, in order to build, Transcanada will have to start the permitting process all over again. If they do, many more of us will be organized and ready to say "no".
We continue to be heartened and challenged by the hard work and constant prayers of our indigenous leadership. For example, spirit camps have been set up along the pipeline route by different tribal communities to educate the public and also to pray and call upon the spirits to stop what native people call the "black snake." We celebrated with them not long ago how the snake has now been cut twice—in South Dakota and in Nebraska, our neighbor state to the south, where farmers and environmental activists have successfully tied up TransCanada in the courts.
We are glad for this temporary regional victory. But we also recognize that everyone on the planet remains at risk from the continuing exploitation of the natural world and from climate catastrophe. All too many people are already suffering from the terrible effects of these.
We are convinced that the movement to fast for the sake of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants must continue and grow as a form of spiritual resistance, a unifying spiritual practice, an awareness-raising tool, and more. But now, after two years, the time has come for us at the Fast for the Earth to turn over our portion of that work to other fasting efforts that have far more organizational resources than we do. These are the Global Climate Fast and Fast for the Climate. With widespread international participation, they are better able to mobilize us all into an effective spiritual and practical force for change. We encourage you to sign up for either or both of them, as have we.
Rest assured that the two of us remain committed to this struggle. As individuals we will continue to work together locally on these issues. We will remain staunch allies of native peoples. At least one of us will attend the People’s Climate March, the biggest climate march in history, on September 21, 2014, in New York City. We hope to see you there!
We want to say thank you. We are tremendously grateful for your past participation in the Fast for the Earth, and we send you all blessings for your ongoing fasting and work. Together—hundreds of participants in at least two dozen nations over two years—we have planted good seed, which has produced even more good seed. Together let’s be excited to see what will next sprout and bloom.
Phyllis Cole-Dai, Co-Founder
Carl Kline, Co-Founder