Lyle June Johnston

Fast for the Future

By Tracy L. Barnett, Esperanza Project

Ed. disclaimer: Post Carbon Institute and the editors do not endorse any particular candidates for public office. The following post is published for informational use. Today, in honor of the traditions of her ancestors, Lyla June Johnston will begin a seven-day fast on the steps of the New Mexico Statehouse. She begins her fast on Martin Luther King Day, as she says, “to honor his courage to act in times of crisis.” Johnston, who is challenging Democratic incumbent and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf, will be using the fast to invite contemplation and prayer; to draw attenton to the climate crisis; and to launch a discussion around her innovative Seven Generations New Deal. New Mexico is home to the world’s top oil producer, the Permian Basin, which would account for 10 percent of the global carbon budget if extracted and burned. Johnston’s intention is to prevent that from happening, and to...