Next week marks the beginning of Lent for many Christians. Lent is a 40 day period of repentance, contemplation and fasting designed to help bring us closer to God. It is a great time to think about the role humans play as stewards of the Earth and its resources (including other humans). A carbon fast serves to remind that when we reduce our consumption and live more simply and sustainably we will have a surplus that can be shared with the less fortunate.
Last year I wrote two posts about the Carbon Fast. In the first I talked about the importance of buying locally produced food when possible and mentioned the impact even a seemingly “good” food choice may have at the source of production. In the second, I demonstrated how I saved money and reduced landfill waste by making my own iced tea and using a slim dispenser designed to fit in the fridge. I mentioned:
In Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen we’ll be paying heed to the things we can do to be better stewards of our bodies and our world.
I’m happy with the effort I made to fulfill last year’s goals, especially when it comes to beverages sold in plastic bottles. This year for the main goal I want to expand the idea of reducing the amount of trash we send to the landfill. I’m always amazed at the volume and, as far as I can tell, most of the waste is food related. We could definitely step up our recycling efforts.
In addition I want to reduce our energy consumption especially the thoughtless kind. Things like leaving a light on, “vampire” electronics, taking a car for trips under 2 miles– actions we take for granted because our energy costs are low compared to other parts of the world.
The plan is to offer periodic updates throughout Lent, so check back if you’re at all interested in our progress. If you’d like suggestions of actions you can do to undertake your own Carbon Fast, refer to this document provided by Greater Washington Interfaith Power & Light.
The 2014 Carbon Fast begins next Wednesday, March 5.
Do you participate in the Carbon Fast? Any green living tips you’d like to share? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments. Links are welcome, I’ll moderate and post them.