Fast for the Planet
A transformative approach to caring for the earth
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"No true effort is in vain. Look at the fields over there. The grain sown therein has to remain in the earth for a certain time, then it sprouts, and in due time yields hundreds of its kind. The same is the case with every effort in a good cause." Abdul Ghaffar Khan.



You are invited to get involved with Fast for the Planet. There are a number of ways you can participate:


Join in the fast

End the fast together: Attend main event
(includes timetable & more info about workshops)

Organise an event elsewhere

Help Publicise




Join in the Fast

There are a number of different ways that you can join in the fast, and a number of different ways you can fast. You can do it from wherever you are, whether as an individual or as a group, whether joining the main event or organising one of your own...

We will also be sending out info through our elist, so please make sure you subscribe!


Fast Options

For Fast for the Planet, the suggestion is a fast from food and fluid. However, you may choose to adapt and fast from whatever you feel is appropriate* (especially, if for instance there are health issues, in which case we advise you consult an appropriate, qualified health practitioner in advance).

Once you've affirmed an intention, we suggest you aim to stay with it for the time-frame intended - we are suggesting to begin fasting before dawn, and to end at sunset: timings are touched on here

In addition, based on the wider values of the concept, we suggest to include one or more of the following (we also aim to send out updates about these through email, so please make sure you sign up to our elist!):


1) When affirming your intention to participate in Fast For the Planet:

  • To (begin to) pay off any interest-bearing debt;
  • To let go of using a credit card;
  • If lending money, to do so on a profit/risk-sharing basis;
  • Begin to promote and participate in alternatives to the interest-based, fictitious economic system.


2) For the Fast For the Planet weekend, move towards buying only items that serve needs, rather than wants and desires.


3) To shift one action during/just prior to that weekend that lends to a just, sustainable and peaceful world. E.g. Walk or cycle a journey previously taken by car; Mend damaged clothing, or teach someone how to; Give something away to someone who needs it more than you.


4) When preparing food for the ending of the fast (whether you are joining a group, or are fasting individually):

  • prefer food from local community shops/projects, or homegrown;
  • where possible, avoid supermarkets and power hungry chain-stores.
  • In keeping with the spirit of the event, we invite the qualities of simplicity and sharing as we end the fast with a main meal.

*Other options include a partial fast from food; e.g. fasting from solids but not fluids; or fasting from certain foods, such as from coffee/tea, cigarettes, or anything else that feels appropriate to you. However, where possible and if it feels appropriate, we suggest fasting from both food and fluids. Simultaneously, in participating, each individual is to take responsibility for their own health, and agrees not to hold Fast for the Planet responsible in the unlikely event of any health problems arising out of fasting.


The evening before

  • Intention: We suggest spending at least a few minutes alone. Sit comfortably and clarify your intention to fast. This is an important part of the process and helps to bring in the qualities of mindfulness and presence. You may ask yourself: Why am I taking part? What meaning does the process hold for me? Then allow yourself a few moments silence, staying open.
  • Food: You may also like to prepare some food for the following day. (Or you could do this on the day itself).


On the day

  • Some traditions recommend starting fasting the day before e.g. from sunset, or 24 hours before the ending of the fast. We suggest starting the fast by 3.45am on the day (if you have not already done so), so that from this time we will all have begun. This is shortly before dawn in London.
  • Some traditions recommend having a small snack just prior to starting fast. This may mean setting an alarm and getting out of bed!
  • Please be aware that fasting can make us feel more emotionally fragile than usual. This is part of the process, and by being aware of it as such, we can allow ourselves space to process more subtle feelings we may not have previously noticed.


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Attend the main event

The main event is being organised jointly by LINE & St Ethelburga's, and is an opportunity to end fast together, share reflections, network, and ask ourselves how we can further the process. The event will be held at St Ethelburga's.

It will be a great help to the organisers to register if you wish to attend this.

The provisional timetable is as follows:


4pm Arrive/Registration
4.20pm Welcome from St Ethelburga's & LINE
4.30pm The Concept / Deepening our experience: includes small group exercises
5pm Choice of Workshop please click here or scroll down for more information
5.55pm Feedback from workshops
6.18pm Contemplation / Muslim prayers (optional): Option to end fast here with something very light
6.45pm Forms of Activism: A talk by Derek Wall: followed by short period of silence
7.04pm Share food/main meal / end fast according to Judaic tradition
7.50pm How we can further the process: Following on from Derek Wall''s talk, we will be drawing out skills and realistic ideas to empower ourselves
8.20pm Help with clearing up / Goodbyes




More info about the workshops
You'll get to choose ONE workshop out of these three:
Workshop 1 A very brief Introduction to Permaculture
with Nicole Freris This much is becoming clear - the industrial growth society ain't working for us and the planet. The symptoms of distress are manifest and multiplying. With so much undoing, it can be difficult to know where and how to begin to find a way through into a more sane and gentle way of being. Permaculture is one way among many that helps us start to reconnect with self and the world. Evolving from an understanding of how natural systems function, it provides deep but very practical insights into how we can design truly sustainable systems, that provide for our needs and recreate our place on the earth. In this workshop, we will have a very brief introduction to some of the basics of Permaculture and look at the practical ways in which it can re-engage and re-connect us.
About the facilitator Nicole Freris is a part of Naturewise, (, a network of people in London seeking to practice and promote Permaculture. In her spare time she is a GP and is currently studying medical herbalism.
Workshop 2 Debt-free Home Finance
with Tarek El Diwany How does a debt-free product work? What are the consequences of interest-based lending? What universal values are relevant to this issue?
About the facilitator Tarek El Diwany worked as a city financier and later in the "Islamic banking" sector for many years. He is the author of the best-selling book, The Problem with Interest, and runs the website, ( Tarek is a partner at Zest Advisory LLP, a London-based firm providing consulting services in Islamic banking and finance.
Workshop 3 Sharing Stories & Poetry: 'New Perspectives Emerging as Story'
with Peter Challen

Telling, hearing, sensing communicable accounts of how we have grown in vision and maturity.... when entering the open space of fasting. We can use such space to re-envision, reflect and commit. Using poetry, pithy quotations, catch phrases, mantras, pictures and other modes that you enjoy. Stories about: our development, the earth, mutual awareness [Ubunto = 'I am because you are'], public awareness, my/our vocation, auditing effects of our behaviour, serving the source of our being A trigger to story telling - "Beauty is in the second glance.... when you have dealt with the predjudice aroused by the first glance."

About the facilitator Canon Peter Challen chairs the Christian Council for Monetary Justice and moderates the London Global Table on inclusive Monetary Justice. He was formerly Senior Chaplain of the ecumenical South London Industrial Mission (SLIM) for 29 years; He chaired the Southwark Credit Union Development Association and works with the LETSlink London group to find synergy between Credit Unions and Local Exchange Trading Systems. 


Full address: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78, Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG. (Nearest tube: Liverpool Street).
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Organise an event elsewhere - If you can't get to St Ethelburga's or are not based in London

If your group or network feels drawn to organise a Fast for the Planet event in your own area, you are welcome and encouraged to do so! Please carefully explore this website so as to have a clear understanding of what the concept entails. We also ask that you let us know, and we may also be able to give you support. We suggest joining our elist to be kept updated with other Fast for the Planet developments.


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Publicise Fast for the Planet

We encourage you to support Fast for the Planet by publicising it. You are welcome to put the Fast for the Planet logo on your website, and link to this site. You may like to use the following blurb:

Fast for the Planet: A concept that recognises the essential need for personal, community and economic transformation in engaging with the ecological challenge. It includes the use of fasting and attempts to engage people with their hearts, minds and bodies.

Please also visit the Resources page where you will find material available for downloading e.g. flyers.



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