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It's Quite Easy Being Green, Actually

By Julie PH Last edited 109 months ago
It's Quite Easy Being Green, Actually
Kermit

Having barely emerged from January’s wreckage of failed New Year’s resolutions, it was with a groan that we greeted the news that Lent arrives early this year. Questions of belief aside, Lent always seems likes such a promising self-improvement programme: give up chocolate, drink less, quit smoking. But didn’t we just make – and break – those same resolutions last month? We’re not such optimists to think we should try again so soon.

Perhaps we don’t have to. News comes this Shrove Tuesday that rather than advocating some of the more traditional Lenten practises of self-denial, Church of England Bishops James Jones, of Liverpool, and Richard Chartres, of London, will instead be encouraging practitioners to join them in a carbon fast, spending the next six weeks making lifestyle modifications to reduce their contributions to climate change.

Says Bishop Jones:

There’s a moral imperative on those of us who emit more than our fair share of carbon to rein in our consumption.

You hear that, man carrying your groceries in plastic bags? How about you, woman with every light turned on in your flat?

Says Bishop Chartres:

Nor is it enough to point the finger of blame at others and to demand that somebody should act for us.

Oh.

Not to be outdone, the Catholic Church is now encouraging its meat-abstaining adherents to switch to “green” fish and chips on Fridays this Lent. At least according to the (fake) tips given us by our (imagined) sources.

But we digress.

The Carbon Fast suggestions are worth perusing. For anyone with a passing knowledge of eco-friendly practises, few will seem novel. But they provide a much-needed reminder that often the simplest of changes in our daily routines can have the most impact and move us that much closer to becoming green citizens.

Kermit, your day has come: Green is beautiful.

Image courtesy of Sophie Harrington’s Flickr photostream

Last Updated 05 February 2008

diamond geezer

It's a Carbon Dioxide Fast that the bishops should be encouraging, not a Carbon Fast.

If we, as organic life forms, gave up carbon for Lent then we'd all be dead within minutes.

Still, why let a bit of elementary science get in the way of a snappy title?

tikichris

Thanks for the YouTube link to Kermit! I hate that version on those dreadful, non-information EDF commericials.

Keep up the fun posts Julie PH! I always get a kick (and usually a chuckle) out of 'em.

Here's another great Kermie clip from one of the greatest movies of all time:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

eas_e

How progressive. Cool.

Julie PH

And thanks for another great YouTube link, tikichris! The Rainbow Connection brings me to a happy place. Yay.