Satyavayu and Sara Monial sat at various downtown locations, starting beside the Hawthorne bridge on the west side of the Willamette, moving to the Saturday market and ending today on the PSU campus. They were joined by a number of supporters including three one day fasters. They sat with a banner meditating and talking to passersby through the rain of the weekend. Satya and Sara both live in a spiritual community dedicated to a radically simple lifestyle called Touching Earth Sangha (touchingearth.wordpress.com).
The larger movement they were supporting was started by activists in Australia deeply influenced by Gandhi's philosophy and methods, and has spread to include fasters all over the world. This global fast also started on Friday November 6th, the last day of the Barcelona climate talks, and will continue at least through the Copenhagen conference in December. Some will fast on water only for the entire time and others will fast in solidarity for shorter periods. The demands of the fasters is that the officials at the conference pass a binding treaty that ensures global atmospheric carbon levels are brought down to 350ppm through the ending of policies of wasteful consumption and through massive investment in renewable energy in the wealthy nations, and that at least 160 billion dollars per year is given to developing countries to enable them to transition to renewable energy as well. The movement also asks for all concerned individuals to make a deep commitment to personal lifestyle changes to lessen climate impact, and to dedicate themselves to long term climate activism and community education. For more information see climatejusticefast.com