Enid’s Carbon Fast

Enid

During Lent this year, I will be participating in a carbon fast. This entails taking efforts to reduce our carbon footprint in order to reduce impacts on climate change and to benefit our environment. Throughout this Lenten season, I will adopt carbon-saving lifestyle changes while reflecting on our mission to change the world.

Environmental issues tend to take a back seat in many people’s minds, but we as Christians should recognize that one of the first commands to man was to have dominion over every living thing (Gen. 1:26). The earth still belongs to the Lord (Ps. 24:1), and it is our duty to be good stewards of the environment He created. We are called to respect limits to human economic growth and greed, and to seek justice for all people, keeping in mind that poverty and environmental degradation
are related.

I deal with addressing environmental problems on a large scale every day at work, but seeing sustainable change starts with investment and action on an individual level. I realized that many of my Lenten fasts in previous years revolved solely around my own short-lived attempts at personal improvement. This year I wanted to approach something that would benefit more than just myself and potentially have longer-lasting impacts on my behavior.

Some of the changes I plan on making include (but are not limited to):

• Give up my car
• Adopt a vegan diet
• Purchase locally grown produce
• Use only reusable shopping bags
• Take military showers
• Unplug/power off chargers and appliances not in use
• Reflect on whether I am being a good environmental steward before taking action

Making these lifestyle changes will be a challenge, considering how our culture has evolved into one of consumption and convenience. I hope this period of sacrifice will help increase dependency on the Spirit, reinforce connectedness to God’s creation, and provide inspiration to others. I encourage people to ask me any questions about this choice, my progress, or tips on taking a similar journey. The environment is important to God (Ps. 33:5-6), and it should be important to us.

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”