Fasting for the Future

My 2×3 foot A-frame poster/sign announcing my intention. Printing courtesy

My First Fast is Saturday September 7th

BY THE TIME you read this, I will likely be out there with my A-frame sign, chair, bottle of water, flyers and wavering hope for the future. Am I nervous? Ummmm…yeah. More than a little. Haven’t fasted since college so hope I don’t get too grouchy as the day wears on. Not a good look for someone engaged in non-violent action to be striking out at passerbys.

And, one of my main points actually is making a sacrifice to get their attention—because we can’t solve this without sacrifice; we’re not going to just buy our way to global sustainability with bigger, better, smarter, greener purchases. Not fair, I know. Downright UnAmerican! But that’s the reality we face (or ignore and perish).

…we’re not going to just buy our way to global sustainability…”

So here’s how I think this will work: I’ll be fasting in a high-pedestrian-traffic area downtown along the Truckee River in the morning from 8am to whenever the traffic dies down—maybe early afternoon. That spot has a bustling indoor-outdoor coffee shop “anchor” that draws a crowd. Then, I’ll take a break and return in the early evening to a second spot on the river near a movie theater complex and cluster of restaurants that creates its own traffic vortex. And we’ll see how it goes.

The plan is to do this every Saturday as long as weather and stamina permits. The fasts will run 24-hours, midnight to midnight, liquids-only. They will also be silent; for me, talking is draining and arguing is unpleasant and pointless. And my other major point is not about changing minds; it’s to inspire people who are aware but have not yet engaged—because the system is not going to save itself or it already would have. Solving this crisis requires many more people actively involved than are currently involved to reach critical mass.

I will be offering the flyer below to explain my action. I’ll also be offering an invitation to join me the following morning for coffee and conversation to discuss ideas to save the planet, which seems a graceful end to the process.

The half-page, two-sided call-to-action flyer. If you would like to start your own campaign, contact me at

The genesis of this action was our move back to Reno after 12 years in Spokane. I was horrified by the amount of consumption required to “downsize and simplify” along with the explosive growth of the city and surroundings. I am—and we are—consuming ourselves into extinction. That horror inspired a dystopian NEW SONG that was poetic but bleak—although also, I think, a true reflection of our inability as a global community to comprehend and respond to the crisis we face. It does end with a hopeful call to awaken. As I lived with the song, I realized I needed to also awaken myself to greater action. Hence, this fasting campaign.

I hope my small, insignificant effort will inspire you to either find a way to renew your commitment to  action or find a way to engage that works for you. For that, check out this list of LINKS to climate action groups.

Author: Bodhi Bill is about sharing the songs I've been gifted with. Where did they come from? Two remarkable, life-changing events happened In 1996. First, I experienced an unexpected encounter with a friend of the family who was dying. The impact was so profound I left my career in advertising and became a board certified chaplain, working with the dying. Second, original songs began channeling through me with no warning. This was a complete surprise. Even though I'd played guitar since high school, I'd never considered myself a songwriter—or even a singer for that matter. More like a third-rate folk music plunker. But the songs came through anyway. Since I retired in 2015, I now have the time to record and share these songs. Although they are not "commercial" in style or content, I feel they are lovely little gems worth preserving and sharing.

6 thoughts on “Fasting for the Future”

  1. Bill, I commend you for this powerful witness to the health and future of Mother Earth. In previous fasts I have been involved with , I have found they are more effective if you have a comrade or two or three joining you so you are not the Lone Ranger. Making friends with local press, like newspaper reporters, public and citizen radio stations in Reno would also leverage your individual fast and of course your good use of social media to publicize the good cause of mitigating global warming. Also have handouts for passers by. All the best, George taylor Spokane

    1. Thanks George. Just returning to Reno after 12 years makes me a bit of a newbie to the scene. I’m still finding my way around. On other points, I’m just staying in the game. Strike one: don’t have anyone to partner with yet. Strike two: pulled the plug on social media last year and cannot imagine returning regardless of the “marketing disadvantage.” Can’t play that game anymore. I did have handouts and imagine I can hunt down some media connections in the next few weeks. Or not. I needed to do something just to save my sanity. This was it. First outing worked well for that, so I call it a win…

  2. Dear Bodhi Bill,
    I urge you to put some high-quality electrolytes into a portion of your water to keep your body and mind on an even keel.
    Also, I LOVE your idea and respect you a LOT for putting yourself into action fully. I hope you will wake people up. You definitely inspire me.

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