Cut carbon for Lent

Christians around the world have began fasting for Lent - but one bishop is urging people not give up chocolate or alcohol but carbon instead.


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The 2010 Carbon Fast started on Ash Wednesday yesterday (17 February) with the aim of helping people reduce carbon emissions during the forty days of Lent.

The bishop of London, Richard Chartres, hopes people in the UK will ‘ditch iPods, meat and eat by candlelight’ in an effort to minimise their carbon footprint instead.

The bishop said: “It’s the poorest people in developing countries, who have done the least to cause climate change, being hit hardest by its devastating consequences.

“It is all of our responsibility to help reverse this injustice. The Carbon Fast’s simple daily actions are not only fun, but an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way while reducing your carbon emissions, and everyone can take part.”

To find out more about the Carbon Fast click here.

Luke Walsh

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