About us

About us

In the beginning, there were four of us…

In early October 2018, Alexandra Breukink, an Alcase-based pastor, is deeply concerned by an alarming report, issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), predicting a 1.5 °C increase in global warming. She talks to her friend and colleague Natacha Cros-Ancey, and together they come up with the idea of organising a fast. The two ministers decide to approach theologian and author Marion Muller-Colard, and ask her to join them on their adventure. The three of them enlist the help of Martin Kopp, former co-ordinator of the #jeûnepourleclimat that took place during the Paris Climate Conference.

This is the beginning of the ‘fasting for the climate’ initiative that will take place on the eve of the opening of the COP24 – the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 14 December 2018.

A few words on us

Alexandra Breukink is a minister of the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine (UEPAL) in the village of Gunsbach, birthplace of the idea of Reverence for Life, developed by the French philosopher and theologian Albert Schweitzer.

Natacha Cros-Ancey is a minister of the UEPAL and in charge of the lifelong learning programme for ministers of the Protestant Communion of Lutheran and Reformed Churches in France (CPLR).

Marion Muller-Colard is a theologian and writer. She holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Strasbourg. In 2017, she became a member of the French National Ethics Consultative Council as an ‘individual […] belonging to the various philosophical and spiritual families’.

Martin Kopp holds a doctorate in Protestant Theology from the University of Strasbourg. He is chair of the Commission for Ecology and Climate Justice of the Protestant Federation of France. He was advocacy officer for climate justice at the Lutheran World Federation and attended the COP19, COP20 and COP21

In the beginning, there were only four of us.

We hope that there will be lots of us on Friday 30 November, Saturday 1 December and Sunday 2 December, the opening day of the COP24!