February 16, 2010
Are you wondering what to give up for Lent? Actually, I rather hope you're not wondering what to give up for Lent. You should know that by now. But, in case you're way behind in deciding what to cut back on this year, the Catholic Church in the UK has a great suggestion for you:
Carbon fasting! (Typing that phrase was literally, actually painful. Part of my brain may have actually ceased to function.)
The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, are among those calling for a carbon fast for Lent -- a period ahead of Easter which Christians traditionally consider a time of penance and reflection -- which begins on Wednesday.
As well as spending a day without using technology such as mobile phones or iPods, the 46 daily suggestions also include eating by candlelight, cutting meat and vegetables thinner so they cook faster and flushing the toilet less often.
"Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent, why not fast for justice ... to help those suffering from the effects of climate change," said Jones.
So, uh, don't flush the toilet for Jesus! Or something.
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