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Lenten Carbon Fast Offers Superb Conservation Opportunity to Believers and Nonbelievers Alike

Posted Feb 26 2010 7:00am

With Lent in full swing for millions of Christians around the world, the question of fasting is on many tongues. Ironically, many churches waste considerable amounts of energy serving their congregants every day, a regrettable practice which contributes to climate change and, by extension, jeopardizes the livelihood and personal safety of impoverished populations around the world, the same groups which Christians are tasked to help.

Is this hypocritical? Some could make such an argument. As a Christian and an environmentalist, I am sympathetic to both sides of the argument. However, as a blogger, I do not foist my religious dogma on any reader. Of course, as an environmentalist, I am very direct in sharing my convictions with others.

We all must do our best to reduce our individual and collective carbon footprint. There’s no time to waste.

To wit, I was delighted to read the Shrove Tuesday call of Rev. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, to sacrifice our modern conveniences for Lent, a 6-week process which anyone, believer and nonbeliever alike, can adopt.

Called the Carbon Fast, Bishop Chartres’ words should resonate with everyone concerned about global warming and the fate of the less fortunate in an age of worsening climate change.

If you’d like to learn more and/or receive daily updates from the Carbon Fast initiative, just visit

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Corbett Kroehler

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