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A Technology Fast For Lent?
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February 17, 2010

A Technology Fast For Lent?

By Erin Harrison
Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

Chocolate, ice cream, meat, smoking…technology? Church leaders are urging the approximately 2.1 billion Christians of the world to go green this Lenten season and reduce their carbon footprint.
Today marks the first day in Lent – a 40-day period of sacrifice when Christians choose something to give up until Easter, which will be on April 4 this year. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, there is a “drumbeat” for giving up things for Lent that will help create a greener planet.

Church officials are calling for a cut in personal carbon use for each of the 40 days of Lent. Their list of ways to achieve this includes eating less meat, flushing the toilet less often and cutting vegetables thinner so they cook faster, according to the U.K.’s Telegraph. However, one of the most difficult challenges would be giving up everyday technologies such as television, mobiles and iPods.
“Even the leaders of the Church of England are getting involved calling for a ‘Carbon Fast,’” blogged Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, author of the newspaper’s MOMania blog.
The U.K.’s Carbon Fast program is organized yearly by Tearfund, which goes as far as to suggest giving up technology for one day out of each of the 12 months and donating those funds to charity.
“It’s the poorest people living in developing countries, who have done the least to cause climate change being hit hardest by its devastating consequences,” said Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London on the Tearfund Web site. “It is all of our responsibility to play our part in reversing this injustice. The Carbon Fast’s simple daily actions are not only fun, but an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way, while reducing your carbon emissions and everyone can take part.” 
Rt. Rev. James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, who first had the idea of the “Carbon Fast,” urged people to give the money saved from not using technology to people in the developing world, the Telegraph reported.

Erin Harrison is a senior editor with TMCnet, primarily covering telecom expense management, politics and technology and Web 2.0. She serves as senior editor for TMC's (News - Alert) print publications, including "Internet Telephony", "Customer Interaction Solutions", "Unified Communications" and "NGN" magazines. Erin also oversees production of TMCnet's weekly iPhone (News - Alert) e-Newsletter. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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