Carbon Fast for Lent: Week 3 (Sunday, March 19)

Theme: Consumption

Read: Hosea 4: 1-3

Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.  Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.

Act:

  • Plan ahead to bring reusable bags with you when you shop for groceries. If you already use reusable grocery bags, purchase a set of reusable produce bags for fruits and veggies.
  • Minimize disposables this week: Bring a mug to get coffee. Use cloth napkins at a meal. Wipe up with a cloth instead of paper towels. Stow a fork in your purse or briefcase for the next time you eat out during the work day.
  • Purchase more mindfully: Print, cut out, and tape together a “Wallet Buddy” so your credit card can remind you of questions to ask yourself before buying (“Do I need this and do I need it now? Was it made sustainably? Were the workers who made it treated well? Does it have too much packaging?”)
  • This week go Fairtrade. Challenge yourself this week to only use Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar, and chocolate.
  • For the remainder of Lent don’t buy any new clothing items. Instead why not visit your local thrift shop and see what second-hand items you can find. You may be surprised at the good quality. While you’re there, why not donate some of your unused clothes?
  • Take part in “Give It Up for the Earth!” – a faith-in-action campaign organized by Citizens for Public Justice. See details in the Parish hall, or visit cpj.ca/for-the-earth.

Pray:

Loving God, help us to turn our lives around to be people of restoration. Help us build just relationships among human beings and with the rest of creation. Help us live sustainably, rejecting consumerism and the exploitation of creation. Let our care for creation be our act of worship and obedience to you. Your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.*

*Citizens for Public Justice, Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis, 2013. Reprinted with permission.