Brian Eister, a prominent Washington DC activist, is just over halfway through a 30 day hunger strike on the steps of the American Petroleum Institute (API).
With ten years of experience in activism with John Kerry's presidential campaign, the Green Party, and Public Citizen as well as being a visible figure during OccupyDC, Eister has a strong resume when it comes to social justice.
Living on water, salt and potassium, Eister is committed to fasting for 30 days in front of the American Petroleum Institute in Washington D.C. to "...demonstrate the level of commitment, dedication and sacrifice necessary from all of us in the face of..." global warming.
"I have begun this hunger strike to express with action", he says, "the level of commitment needed from every last one of us in the face of impossible odds."
Eister feels that millions of people in America understand intellectually that climate change is one of the greatest threats that have faced humans since they left the cave. He goes on to say that "...there is an emotional disconnect which prevents us from living the way we need to live to save our children's future."
Feeling that a minor miracle would be required for future generations to live, Eister is astonished that there aren't more people "undertaking hunger strikes, marching in the streets, writing letters, performing direct actions, and doing everything in our power to save our world."
Eister feels his hunger strike will be mildly successful if it wakes people up and inspires them to move "from the sidelines" and fight to the same level at which they would fight to save their own life.
Eister says 'mildly' successful because "with the window that we have to cut Carbon emissions and avoid catastrophe closing very quickly, I can't imagine any action that I take doing enough to be considered a 'success.'"
Eister's call to action for others is to look at the truth with their hearts and act. He encourages people to ask themselves, "with the entire future of humanity at stake, with billions of lives at stake, why do I not treat this with more urgency than my own personal day-to-day concerns?"
Brian Eister's efforts can be followed at www.1future.net and on Twitter at @hungry4afuture.