Lent goes Green
For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us,
Accept our repentance, Lord.
Two senior Church of England bishops called on Tuesday for Britons to cut back on carbon, rather than the more traditional chocolate and alcohol, for the Christian period of Lent this year.
During Lent, which starts on Wednesday and lasts until Easter, Christians are supposed to fast and pray. In the bishops’ green drive, those taking part can choose how they reduce their carbon footprint on a daily basis.
“For example, on the first day, people can take out one of their light bulbs and whenever they go to turn that light on, and it doesn’t work, they can remember why they are fasting from carbon – to help the poor of the world.
“At the end of the fast they can replace it with an energy-saving light bulb,” Jones – who is vice-president of Tearfund – explained.
Other activities include avoiding plastic bags and insulating the house.
The bishops and Tearfund said they had launched carbon fast because of the urgent need to cut emissions and protect poor communities, who are already being affected by climate change and will be the worst hit in the future.
“There’s a moral imperative on those of us who emit more than our fair share of carbon to rein in our consumption,” Jones said.
Chartres added: “We all have a pivotal role to play in tackling the stark reality of climate change.
“Now is the time for individual and collective action in addressing the unsustainable way in which we are exploiting the earth’s resources.”