Carbon fast for lent

by Tim Crahart

Lent is here and we all know that giving up chocolate is a real sacrifice for many but you have to admit that it’s got a little old now. So if you’re looking for a new idea, Anne Thomas’ cell group is doing a Carbon Fast for lent.

The idea is to find a new way to reduce your carbon usage for every day of lent. If you’d like to join with the group in doing this you can find out more information on the Tearfund website. Check out for ideas and information.

If you do decide to give it a go then please let us know how you are getting along.

5 Responses to “Carbon fast for lent”

  1. Liz Says:

    That’s a great idea and very original.

    Could the cell group keep us updated on how they are getting on with it over the next month to see if it’s achievable, how’s it’s done and to what success?

  2. Sian Says:

    Hey was wondering how the carbon fast was going?

  3. mark j Says:

    Sorry folks but I am too busy counting Carbohydrates to count my carbons too.
    Is anybody out there actually doing this fast?!

  4. Mark (slightly off the rails) Thomas Says:

    Yes, we are doing this fast. Well, part of it (if you take into account our being out of the country for a week.
    How is it going?
    * 2 lightbulbs not being used = fast going well (but I feel a bit ‘in teh dark’)
    * Radiators a bit lower = fast going well (but wearing an extra jumper, especially since getting back from Austria, where it was a LOT warmer).
    * Cycling to work = fast not going well (haven’t yet done it, but the intention is there!)
    * No water in the house for 2 days due to a cistern failure = fast haveing a greater impact than expected(although this cut back is definitely involuntary).
    * All the above probably undone by Anne’s flight to Munich last week for skiiing. Oh, the ups & downs of fasting.

  5. cej Says:

    i’m writing this cos Tim felt a bit lonely…

    i left my house for over two weeks but while i’ve not been there my friends have left lights on all night and day and when i got home my pipe burst flooding my out house. I’ve also bought a car so that’s not helpful. And of course the plane rides have not done much to aid the situation.

    On a slightly different note I did buy fair trade bananas and some reusable bags. The bananas were lovely. Oh and my heating doesn’t always work so I often save energy there.

    I’m off to drive to manchester now…

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