Lenten Fast for Creation


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 

23 thoughts on “Lenten Fast for Creation”

  1. 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

    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. 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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  9. 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.

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

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