21 Mar 2009

Political activism at Fast for the Planet

Muzammal Hussain, initiator of Fast for the Planet, and Chair of LINE said:

"There is no doubt that we need a radical approach like this, because although intellectually most of us know what needs to be done, old patterns of living continue to dominate, and green-house gas emissions continue to rise. Now, here's a way to really get our bodies and hearts directly involved in a process that will help break us out of outdated destructive patterns and lead to a better world".

Helen Gilbert, co-organiser of Fast for the Planet, and Events coordinator at St Ethelburgas said:

"We are pleased to be hosting this event at St Ethelburga's because it challenges us at a deep level to consider what reconciliation means in the context of humanity's troubled relationship with the earth. As a practice that has deep roots in many spiritual and faith traditions, fasting is a powerful and unifying resource we can draw on in challenging, both the personal and societal, status quo."

I am very pleased to have been asked to speak at the Fast for the Planet event put together by London Islamic Network for the Environment and St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace.

Date: Sunday 22nd March 2009
Time: 4pm to 8.20pm

Organised by London Islamic Network for the Environment (LINE) & St Ethelburga's:

Venue: St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78, Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG. (Nearest tube: Liverpool Street)

I have been very impressed by a lot of good work done from a Muslim perspective on the environment.

The event is multi-faith and no faith, all are welcome. Given the day if you are a mother you are especially welcome and if you have a mother please bring her.

LINE run lots of excellent events and have been discussing Andrew Dobson's idea that green politics is more than environmental concern, that it embraces social justice, non violence, justice for other species and transformation of society.

So hopefully see some of you tomorrow..I am talking for 10 mins (so won't do my usual Hugo Chavez length discourse) on 'Political Activism'.

If you want to come along all the details are here.

If you want to get involve with LINE click here.

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