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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Global Warming 1662

From the diary of Samuel Pepys, January 15 1662:
This morning Mr. Berchenshaw came again; and after he had examined me and taught me something in my work, he and I went to breakfast in my chamber, upon a Collar of brawne. And after we had eaten, he asked me whether we have not committed a fault in eating today, telling me that it is a fast-day, ordered by the parliament to pray for more seasonable weather - it having hitherto been some summer weather, that is, both as to warmth and every other thing, just as if it were the middle of May or June, which doth threaten a plague (as all men think) to follow; for so it was almost the last winter and the whole year after hath been a very sickly time.
Does this sound familiar? Maybe it's because of a recent publicity stunt by a delegate from the Philippines to the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw in November 2013, who vowed to fast until the world took action to stop "climate change madness":
With his country grappling with the damage from "hell-storm" Haiyan, a Philippines official launched a hunger strike Tuesday to pressure a U.N. climate change conference for concrete steps to fight global warming.
Naderev Sano, a member of the Philippines Climate Change Commission, said he was fasting "in solidarity with my countrymen who are now struggling for food back home" -- including his own brother, whom Sano said "has been gathering bodies of the dead with his own two hands."
"What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness," he said. "Mr. President, we can stop this madness, right here in Warsaw."
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Sano's protest prompted Twitter users to begin using the hashtag #fastfortheclimate in support.
The Climate Action Network -- a body of 850 nongovernmental organizations -- later announced that members of "civil society" were joining Sano in fasting, in a move it said is "unprecedented within the history of the climate movement."
Climate Action Network spokeswoman Ria Voorhaar said the protest is spreading "far and wide," with at least 100 people in Warsaw for the conference also fasting.
"A lot of climate-focused youth groups have jumped on it immediately to show solidarity," she said.
Voorhaar said the hunger strikers want the Warsaw conference to take "concrete steps" toward reducing carbon emissions before 2020, enacting an international mechanism for damages and financing efforts to adapt to a warming world.
Well, it worked in London, so maybe the climateers in Warsaw were on to something. Pepys noted in his diary the following year, on August 28 1663:
 At the office betimes (it being cold all night and this morning, and a very great frost they say abroad; which is much, having had no summer at all almost)
Yeah, yeah - weather isn't climate, etc etc. Fast away, people. I wonder if Mr. Sano is eating again.

2 comments:

Onefineguy said...

Global Warming fasters should adopt the Idle No More fasting diet: Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence would be photographed eating fish broth on Victoria Island in the daytime, then a SUV would pick her up in the evening to a warm bed with room service at the Delta Ottawa.

Best of all, the media doesn't question the faster putting on weight during the fasting period. And the faster can end the public nonsense by responding to the community's pleas to end the fast.

Anonymous said...

Starve yourself to change the weather....now doesnt that just sum up the absolute insanity of this climate change discussion.
I guess for the the ones amongst us who have yet to evolve it beats building an alter and sacrificing goats and lambs in the hopes the god of bad weather is hungry. Now who is the knuckle draggers eh?