Anglicans urged to carbon-fast for Lent

Posted Feb 19, 2014

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Communion’s Environmental Network (ACEN) is encouraging Christians around the world to take part in a “carbon-fast” this Lent.

The network is calling on Anglicans to take a deeper challenge than fasting from coffee, alcohol or chocolates this Lent, by reducing the use of carbon based fuels on which we all depend.

“We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another,” the group says on its website, adding: “I can change the world a little in 40 days, but I can change myself a lot!”

For each week during Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday on March 5 to the Saturday before Holy Week on April 12, the network has developed themed materials to focus on “a time of reflection and action.”

Under the headings, “Stuff,” “Water,” “Energy and Mobility,” “Food Production,” and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Fix,” there is a prayer, a resource to read or watch, actions to take as an individual, some suggestions of community actions you can take, and something you can consider doing to “change the system.”

The network is also asking people to share the initiative using social media, and has produced cover photos and profile pix that people can use on Facebook.

More details are available at carbonfast2014.wordpress.com or facebook.com/greenanglicans.


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  1. We have gas and electric heat at our house. We also have a solar furnace and 4.9 KW of solar electric generating capacity. When the sun shines we heat our house and sell power to the electric utility. We also have 20 acres of fir trees which absorb carbon dioxide as they grow.
    Are we doing our part to reduce carbon in the atmosphere?

  2. I hope that “Fasting from NOT communicating about our concerns regarding the environment to our political leaders” will be included !

    1. ken gray says:

      It sounds like you have achieved a great outcome concerning energy use and distribution. Well done, an inspiration to others.

    2. ken gray says:

      As you suggest, we all need to find our voice, overcome shyness and speak up to those in positions of influence. Let’s all encourage one another to do this.

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