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Published on Thursday, December 17, 2009 by YES! Magazine
Bill McKibben: A day of fasting isn't the only reason why activists in
are hungry today. Copenhagen
I'm sitting here in the crowded but wonderful 350.org  office near Copenhagen's Central Square, surrounded by young people from America, New Zealand, India, Ecuador, Mexico, Fiji—all hunched over laptops, busy organizing. (International youth culture: Gmail). We're fighting to the last minute of this crazy conference , and then beyond.
The mood may be a touch more subdued than usual, both because the conference is going badly (more on that in a minute) and because none of us are eating today—we're taking part in a symbolic one day fast, with people from around the world. The enthusiasm for this gesture overwhelmed us—when we sent out news on our website last night that a small group of fasters  who had been going without food for 40 days were asking for others to join them today, it didn't take long before more than 1,100 people had signed up. They've been sending in thoughts and reflections all day to the 350.org  website:
- Mike Grenville: Everything makes a difference. We are all more connected than is obvious from the surface. As your stomach growls send your thoughts to those making decisions that represent your country.
- Chloe Phalan: I will fast with you on Thursday. It is a pittance compared to what so many of you are doing, but if nothing else it will focus my compassion towards those whose hunger is not a choice. Fight on!
- Mohammed Yahia: I just had a little daughter and right now she's 55 days old. I want her to grow up in a world where she doesn't have to fight for her very existence. I want her to be able to grow up and live a happy, fruitful life like I did. And I want to see her grandchildren, and make sure they have a good fulfilling life too. That is why I'm fasting today.
I wish I could say that words like these were penetrating the conference six miles away at the
It got some applause, but the powers that be—the
So on we fight. Clearly we won't get what we need out of this conference, and the battle will have to continue. We have a lot of folks willing to make sure that happens. They're hungry today—hungry for justice, hungry for survival, hungry for a future.
Bill McKibben wrote this article for YES! Magazine , a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions. Bill is the founder of 350.org  and a scholar in residence at
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