Carbon Fast Lent 2017



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What is a carbon fast for Lent? For Anglicans, Catholics and many others, 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 actions which damage God’s Creation. To reduce our use of petrol, electricity, plastic, paper, water and toxins. 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. How do I take a carbon fast? From Ash Wednesday, 1 March, to Saturday 8th of April is a time of repentance, reflection and action. Each week has a theme with a prayer and actions for each day.

Here is the link to download the  40 actions for the month.


Find PDF version HERE  

USA/Canada  Letter format   HERE

USA/Canada  Tabloid format HERE 


THEMES for each of the five weeks:

Week Theme
1-4 March  Preparing 
5 – 11 March  Food
12 – 18 March  Energy
19- 25 March Water
26 March- 1 April  Waste 
2- 8 April  Plants


  1. Alice Medcof says:

    rising to the challenges of each week and really thinking what it means in my life will be a better discipline than giving up dessert.

  2. Antti Yli-Opas says:

    Good idea! May be some more information is needed of the estimated impact to coaloutput during each period. I mean by eating it’s more difficult to reduce coal outputs than by moving.

  3. Thank you very much for sending the calendar and good message. If we wish then we can save our environment. Indeed we have to reduce carbon emission. We should care our earth.

    I will pray for all the creation that God has given for our life.


  4. Yasinta Mtambo says:

    I would like to join in the 40 days of Lent fasting for environment.

  5. Thomas Hughes says:

    Could you update the calendar, so that it can easily be printed black and white? I do not want to use a lot of ink to print the colored/shaded portions.

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  8. LaDonna Wind says:

    Joining in prayer during Lent!

  9. Good post! We will be linking to this great content on our site.
    Keep up the great writing.

  10. Sue says:

    Good to get this mobilized for Lent 2017! We will link it to our church website.

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