What is a carbon fast?

Love the earth just as much as God does…

– Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

What is a carbon fast for Lent? For Anglicans, Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life. Many Anglicans take this opportunity to fast from coffee, alcohol or chocolates. But this year our challenge is deeper, to take a carbon fast – to reduce the use of carbon based fuels on which we all depend. We will take small steps for a more sustainable world, and by doing so rediscover a different relationship with God, with Creation and with one another.

Because I can change the world a little in 40 days, but I can change myself a lot!

How do I take a carbon fast? From Ash Wednesday, 5 March, to 12 April is a time of reflection and action. Each week has a theme with a prayer, a resource to read or watch, actions to take as an individual, some suggestions of community actions you can take and something you can consider doing to change the system.

THEMES for each of the five weeks:



One thought on “What is a carbon fast?”

  1. Great way to remember we are custodians of our world and need to help perserve it for future generations. What a great way to reflect on this as we observe our Lenten fast.

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