Tearfund, a UK-based religious organization working in 64 countries around the globe, is calling on its supporters (and all Christians) to do a Carbon Fast for Lent, the 40-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer prior to Easter. From February 25th to April 11th, the religious organization is encouraging its supporters to undertake a daily eco-action to reduce their carbon footprint.
Carbon Fast daily eco-actions include unplugging one lightbulb in the house, cooking in a microwave (not sure about the health implications of this one but microwaves do use less energy than a conventional oven), giving up bottled water, reducing energy consumption in the house, recycling, giving up meat, eliminating food waste, composting, etc. There is a daily action for each of the 40 days.
“Climate change can mean our neighbors go hungry because of drought, or lose their homes because of floods. Faced with that reality, there are many things we can do, acting as part of the global church’s response, to change the way our lives impact poor communities,” explains Tearfund of their Carbon Fast.