The South West Dioceses are running a Carbon Fast for Lent 2015. It is 40 days to consider what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and reflect on key passages from the Bible. How do you affect the planet through the pattern of your energy consumption?
This year is a vital year for the planet as hopefully there will be a ground breaking agreement on the Climate in Paris in December, The particular focus for the Fast is on the link between our use of water, which needs to be pumped, cleaned and stored; our energy use and the things we consume. Did you know for example it takes 11,000 litres to make a pair of jeans and 140 litres of water to make a single cup of coffee?
For each day of Lent you can receive a daily email with an action to consider (except Sundays), a bible reading and specially written reflection. You can sign up for these here. The daily actions and readings are also available together as a leaflet (download as pdf). Please contact mission.forum @ bathwells.anglican.org or ring 01749 685104.
The 2014 Challenge
During Lent 2014, the Carbon Fast Challenge became a part of our Lenten spiritual devotion, and also helped us discover the financial benefits of stewarding resources.
All the dioceses in the South West set a target to achieve a 40% reduction in gas, electricity and fuel. This was a real challenge. But we recognised that the 40 days starting on Ash Wednesday (5th March) would be 40 days during which you could make a real difference, 40 days when you could begin to collect lots of points in some very simple ways. Then at Easter, you could add up your points to see how close you are to 40.
Now anyone can undertake The Carbon Fast Challenge at any time of the year. The 40 days need not be the 40 days of Lent. You see, carbon fasting doesn’t need to cost anything. Every step you take counts for something.
You will be surprised at how much difference even the smallest steps will make. And then you can keep taking them, knowing that you are up for The Carbon Fast Challenge.
Carbon Fast resources
If you’d like hard copies of any of the following pdf resources, please contact us. We also produced many worship resources – orders of service, prayers, readings, hymns and other worship suggestions – which you can find on the Prayer and worship resources page on this website.
- Lent Carbon Fast 2014 booklet
- Additional actions for those who have done most things in the booklet!
- Activities for schools
- Ideas for children
- Church magazine article
- Overseas stories
- Reviews of three books for Lent reading
- Video links
- Tearfund guide to meeting your MP
- Tearfund paper on addressing the challenge of not eating meat!
Lent Carbon Fast Prayer
Most loving Creator God who has given us
a world full of delights and wonders;
As we prepare with the grace of self-sacrifice
and self discipline for the great festival of Easter
remind us how to treasure these gifts and to use them with care;
So that all may equally share in the earth’s bounty
and all creation may be restored to your image
through Jesus Christ our Lord.