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Create and hold a fasting event

Interbelief fast to mark the opening of COP 24

  • Do you want to experience fasting time with others rather than alone?
  • Do you want to organize an event of fasting or breaking fast, or both, in your city, town, village or community?
  • Not sure how to take it or are you looking for ideas for these local events?

We’ll go with you.

CREATE AND HOLD A FASTING EVENT

How do we organize ourselves?

Your first task: consult our online map and see if a fasting event is already being organized near you and if it motivates you? If so, perhaps it is possible to join the organizing team; you can contact the referent person using the contact information provided online. If not, or if you want to organize another type of event, go to the next paragraph!

First of all, we advise you not to launch yourself alone but to gather a small team around you, with friends, acquaintances and why not your community or an association in which you are involved! “Alone we go faster, together we go further!” You can designate a coordinator and in any case choose a contact person, whom you will indicate and whose contact details you will share when you register the event on this site

Then, define together the key characteristics of your event:

  • Why? Start with this founding question. What are your goals? Allow fasters to meet? Promote the region’s climate initiatives? Offer a spiritual time? Etc.
  • Who? Identify the audience you are trying to reach. It can be an event open to all, in the inter-convictional spirit of the call to fasting, to create links between people from all walks of life. Just as it can be an event among members of an association or within a religious community.
  • What? Choose what you will experience together. See the next section of this page. Depending on the goals set and the target audience defined above, this or that type of event will be more or less appropriate.
  • When? Choose a date from Friday, November 30, Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, as well as the start and end schedules. It can also be a double or triple event; for example, a group fast between 12pm and 2pm each of the three days.
  • Where? Imagine a suitable place. If it is a public square, it is part of a demonstration: it must be declared in advance at least 3 clear days beforehand and obtain permission to hold; turn to the town hall or prefecture. But, depending on the nature of the event, it could also be a rented room, a room provided free of charge or another place.
Crédits photo : WCC/Sean Hawkey

From this solid foundation, you can start the concrete preparation: we recommend that you establish as a team the list of tasks to be accomplished, put names in front of each of them and set deadlines for their achievement. In this case, the most urgent thing is to obtain or book the place. As soon as it is confirmed, you can set up your communication (see below on this page). Also think about the equipment needed on the day, to contact speakers – if there are any -, a possible budget, etc. !

What can we live together?

You can imagine very different fasting events. Here are some ideas to inspire you, but we trust your creativity!

You can “feed your fast” by organizing meetings at mealtimes. Instead of eating, you drink tea, hot broth or fruit juice. The “meal” time will then be used to discuss together, for example by discussing: how to change my habits to live in a more sober, simpler, more available, more respectful of the planet and its inhabitants? or in a more intimate way: how do I experience this climate crisis situation and my response to it? You can offer a meal in the canteen without meat or fish or a “zero waste” meal. You can invite friends over a 100% organic and local meal.

You can “feed your fast” by giving up something. By challenging you and your friends to reduce your consumption and waste as much as possible and by meeting you on Sunday evening to take stock. By offering a creative workshop resulting in your own organic cleaning products. Do you think of a screen fast for children and young people?

You can “feed your fast” by decelerating your life. Organize a walk in nature, work together in a garden to share, plant trees. Offer a time of meditation and silence. Open your senses to beautiful music with a concert. Organize a reading evening around a book that gives hope by proposing solutions to take concrete action against global warming.

Crédits photo : WCC/Sean Hawkey

How do we communicate?

Organizing an event is good. Promoting it so that many people know about it and participate in it is even better! Establish good communication, which will make you want to come and value the time and energy you have devoted.

More than half of the French are on social networks. Facebook, in particular, is a good tool to invite to an event and share information among friends and family. Create a Facebook event, enjoy it and share it. Twitter is also a useful channel. Tweet the information of your event by putting in your tweet @jeuneprleclimat, the official account of the fast. We’ll retweet you!

On both social networks, use the hashtag #fast for climate. In particular, it will allow us to find all the existing events and to have an idea of how many people will have taken part in all the events.

Not everyone is on social networks. That’s why, register your event on this site and share the address www.jeunepourleclimat.net Also indicate it on the event’s Facebook page. Anyone with internet access can find it.

Don’t neglect the great classics: flyers and posters, while keeping in mind the objective of limiting the use of paper and in particular non-recycled paper. There are places where these communication media always find their place: your bakery, your church, synagogue, mosque, temple… your university and other public display space!

Also think about relays and megaphones: do you know of any associations or local personalities that could give visibility to your initiative? Contact them, present your project to them and ask them if they agree to inform through their channels.

Finally, do not forget the local media: it is often possible to make an announcement or even publish a presentation article in a regional newspaper or on a local radio station. Go there with confidence, call them with your enthusiasm! COP24 is a good catchphrase, because it is an international event that will be covered by all the media.

CREATE AND HOLD A FAST BREAK EVENT

How do we organize and communicate?

Our advice is essentially the same as for a fasting event. We invite you to read the passages dedicated to these two questions earlier on this page.

Let us add that if fasting events are light to set up and organize, a meal requires more logistics! If the meal is cooked on site or if an appointment is made in a restaurant, imagine a registration system, otherwise you may find yourself at 25 for an event calibrated for 10 people. However, we can always plan a little wider, to be able to be welcoming.

Last but not least, we are committed to encouraging you to break the fast with low-carbon meals, whether vegetarian or made with very little meat, with vegetables that are, as far as possible, local, organic and seasonal!

What can we live together?

The breaking of the fast is a celebration! We imagine joyful shared meals that celebrate, among other things, the changes in our lives that have already been accomplished and those that have been decided upon during fasting, in order to continue and deepen our personal and collective transitions.

We therefore invite you to organize friendly meals. For example in a chosen place, where everyone contributes by bringing a salad, a quiche, a dessert… or maybe you will have the chance to have a cook on site! Why not, too, meet in a restaurant? As noted above, in the latter two cases, do not forget to provide a registration system.

Be careful, however, if you have fasted for a long time, especially for the three days. It is better to break your fast gradually, starting, for example, with vegetable soup. In other words, as Alsatians say, avoid sauerkraut!