Catholics worldwide are making a statement by giving up food and carbon-intensive habits for Lent in order to raise awareness for climate change.
But this year, Catholics all over the world are making a statement with their abstinence by giving up food and carbon-intensive habits to raise awareness for climate change. One of the main goals of the climate justice fast, organized in part by the Global Catholic Climate Movement, is to urge political leaders to commit to climate change action.
Yep, no meals and no joy rides in the family Hummer for 40 days. You may worry about the health implications of the whole “no meals” thing, but man does not live on bread alone — and also, this isn’t a continuous fast. It’s a chain of one-day fasts that will spread across the globe: Each of the 45 countries that signed up for the climate justice fast were assigned a day to abstain. Peru, the site of the most recent U.N. climate talks, is starting the fast-ivities today. And just in case you want to support your Catholic, climate-caring friends — or just avoid them while they’re hangry — the U.S. will participate on March 16.