LENT is being taken seriously in the six south-western dioceses:
Bath & Wells, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester, Salisbury, and
Truro. The Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Nick McKinnel, suffragan
in Exeter diocese, together with his wife, Jan
(above), has pledged to buy and eat only food grown and
produced in Devon and Cornwall - although they have added the
proviso "wherever possible".
Exeter Cathedral is turning off its floodlights from Ash
Wednesday until Easter Day, to play its part in the Carbon Fast
2014 during Lent. "Less light at the west end of the cathedral by
shutting off the floodlights will be a visible symbol of our need
to cut the carbon, and be part of how we address the challenge of
climate change," the Dean, the Very Revd Jonathan Draper, says. But
the floodlight around the paths on Cathedral Green will be left on
for public safety.
Throughout the diocese, church schools and individuals are being
encouraged to commit themselves to Carbon Fast 2014 as their Lenten
discipline this year, with the aim of reducing carbon emission by
40 per cent during Lent. Those who sign up to www.carbonfast.org
will receive daily and easy-to-achieve challenges such as removing
one light bulb at home, or having a meat-free Monday.