Lenten Fast for Creation



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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, 14 February, to 24th of March 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 in English  HERE  

Find PDF version in Portuguese HERE  


THEMES for each of the five weeks:

Week Theme
14-17  February  Preparing 
18-24 February  Waste 
25 February -3 March  Food
4- 10 March Energy 
11 -17 March  Water 
18-24 March  Appreciating Nature 


  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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  7. […] launched by the Global Catholic Climate Movement in partnership with Fast for Climate Change, Green Anglican Carbon Fast and others to encourage Pope Francis and the 1.2 billion Catholics around the world to take […]

  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.

  11. Michele Bradbury says:

    I’d like to join you. Please send me the link to sign up.

  12. […] from SJAG meetings a couple of years ago, a Lenten Carbon Fast. Follow this link to find out more  Green Anglicans – Carbon Fast Lent 2017 The site proposes that people take action to reduce the actions which damage God’s creation. Each […]

  13. Lyndall Murray says:

    Trying to find the daily readings and prayer

  14. Tim Nice says:

    You seem to be putting out mixed messages here:
    “7th March SAY NO TO GMOs Buy only organically grown food. Check the labels of what you eat.”
    You can do one or the other but not both. We either need chemicals to grow decent crops or we need to use GMO crops to withstand pests etc. without the need for chemicals. If you say “no” to both the whole system becomes unsustainable and the world will starve.

  15. […] Feedback from last year suggested that we at EcoChurch Southwest should consider doing something in the fairly new season of Creationtide which runs from the 1st September until the 4th October. There’s a bit more about the background to Creationtide here. So we will be doing something then; providing reflections and ideas for action as the Church throughout the world considers issues of Care for Creation and the Environment. If you want to do something this Lent then you might like to look at the resource offered by Green Anglicans; the Anglican Church of South Africa’s Environmental Network, which is available here. […]

  16. […] from SJAG meetings a couple of years ago, a Lenten Carbon Fast. Follow this link to find out more  Green Anglicans – Carbon Fast Lent 2017 The site proposes that people take action to reduce the actions which damage God’s creation. Each […]

  17. Ted Finnie says:

    Quote attributed to St. Francis : ” Keep a green bough in your heart and God will send a singing bird.”

  18. Esther were says:

    Thanks the timetable is really a guiding me

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