Today is Ash Wednesday and many families will begin their Lenten journey by giving up meat and usually something else.
Often times folks choose to give up things like chocolate, French fries or a bad habit.
It seemed for a while when I was in college it was more in vogue to do something for Lent (like charity work) as opposed to giving something up.
But now I am hearing a drumbeat for giving up things for Lent that will help the planet. Even the leaders of the Church of England are getting involved calling for a “Carbon Fast.”
“Senior bishops are calling for a cut in personal carbon use for each of the 40 days of Lent. Their list of ways to achieve this includes eating less meat, flushing the toilet less often and cutting vegetables thinner so they cook faster.”
“But one of their tougher challenges is to give up technology such as television, mobiles and iPods for one day. The “Carbon Fast” , organised every year by development agency Tearfund, even