Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Giving Up Carbon For Lent

I'm sure the Fly is thanking God it was C of E bishops and not Catholics recommending this.
Two senior Church of England Bishops have called on people to give up carbon rather than chocolate for Lent.

They want to drive home the climate change message to churchgoers by encouraging them to cut their energy use.

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones and the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, will make the call before the 40 days of Lent begins on Wednesday February 6.Lent is the time when Christians traditionally give up such things as sweets, chocolate or alcohol in recognition of the 40 days Christ spent fasting in the desert to prepare for his ministry.This year they will be asked to think about their own carbon footprint and follow a few simple steps designed to help cut CO2 emissions. They include:

* avoiding plastic bags
* giving the dishwasher a day off
* insulating the hot water tank
* checking the house for drafts with a ribbon and buying draught excluders

Yeah, I'm going to feel a lot closer to Jesus after I insulate my hot water tank.

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