Today marks the beginning of Lent, a span of 40 days during which many Christian cultures give up something until Easter comes. In Britain, bishops are encouraging folks to do something different to observe the season: go on a carbon fast. We think that's a great idea, regardless of your religious or non-religious affiliation.
Whether you normally recognize Lent or not, this could be a good chance to try some new tenants of green living. Try cutting out meat on Fridays, for instance—something normally recognized by some church traditions, but also a very green move. Give up driving one day a week and opt for public transportation or a carbon-free mode of getting around, or enjoy your dinners by candlelight instead of flipping on a switch.
In any case, the British bishops have a great idea. Hear more about it from NPR here.
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