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Giving up carbon for lent

The season of Lent begins today, as you will know if you’re hitting the afternoon slump and have vowed to give up chocolate or coffee. Lent is one of the few religious seasons that is noted by popular culture, alongside Easter and Christmas. The idea of ‘giving something up’, or ‘detox-ing’ seems to hold a certain appeal in a culture that usually favours excess. There’s something rather virtuous about it all.

Tearfund are challenging us all to reduce our carbon use over lent, which is an ambitious but necessary suggestion. If you want to take part, visit the website for daily actions, factsheets, and space to discuss how you’re getting on.

What else could we give up to make a difference to the world and its people?

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