I am on hunger strike, quite simply, because I can think of no action which could adequately express the urgency of humanities present situation.
There are more than a few trends which, left unchecked, are likely to make life impossibly difficult for future generations. Global Warming, of course, seems to be the one that we have the least time to fix.
As an exercise in understanding the urgency of this situation, it is well to zoom in on a small aspect of this crisis: snow pack, glaciers and drinking water.
The rate of global warming in high mountainous regions tends to be much higher than the global average.
In the Himalayas, the rate is higher even than the average in mountainous regions.
Just four of the nine rivers fed by the Himalayas, collectively, provide drinking water for more more than half a billion people in Asia.
Glaciers and snow pack all around the world, which provide the drinking and irrigation water that sustain more than a billion people, are set to melt and decline, respectively, as a consequence of global warming.
This will, at first, cause devastating floods, but years later a brutal new reality of water scarcity will descend upon regions which have traditionally relied upon snow pack and glaciers for all of their needs.
To the point: if the snow pack decline and melting of glaciers in just this one region will affect hundreds of millions of people, glaciers will be melting (and snow pack declining) all around the world, and the melting of glaciers/decline of snow pack is but one of many equally devastating consequences of global warming, it seems we’re in a bit of trouble.
That is why all of us must do every last thing in our power to slow greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, from hunger strikes, marches, and civil disobedience to letter writing, phone calls, and one-on-one education in our communities.
Given the urgency of what is coming, every one of our lives should, first and foremost, be dedicated to preventing this coming catastrophe.
To deliver that message to every last one of us is why I am on hunger strike.
(Written on day 26 of hunger strike on location outside of the American Petroleum Institute at 1220 L Street NW in Washington, D.C. Edited on 4/27/13 at 12:51 AM)