In 2008, UK-based Tearfund and leadership from the Church of England launched a carbon fast for the season of Lent in response to the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions and protect the poor.
Prairie Climate Stewardship Network decided to launch Prairie Carbon Fast in 2009 to echo that message to those of us living in the Northern Plains and to deepen our realization of the meaning and potential of Lent in our lives today.
A commitment to a carbon fast for forty-days can, with ongoing daily commitment beyond Lent, become a way of life.
In 2009, we were delighted and heartened that 33 faith communities members helped share this message with their members.
In 2010, 39 faith communities members decided to share this invitation with those in their communities.
2011 marks a shift in our outreach, encouraging "Energy Stewardship during Lent and Beyond." In addition to sharing the Lenten Carbon Fast invitation with faith communities, we offered a limited number of Big Stretch silicone caulk to churches to share with members. We thank Dale's Hardware, Kulm, ND, and Sascho, manufacturer of Big Stretch, for their support in helping provide 12 faith communities with boxes of high quality caulk to share with members as we continue to practice stewardship of energy.
We also thank the communities sharing the resources: Christ the King Lutheran Church, Ellendale; Church of Corpus Christi, Bismarck; Faith Lutheran Church, Bismarck; First Presbyterian Church, Fargo; First Presbyterian Church, Grand Forks; First United Methodist Church, Jamestown; Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bismarck; Nativity Church, Fargo; St. Mark's Catholic Church, Bottineau; St. Mary's Parish, Bismarck; The Presbyterian United Methodist Church, Ellendale.
Coverage Carbon Fast 2010
The DakotaStudent.com (02/26/10) - ND people of faith go on carbon fast
Minot Daily News (February 2010) - Lenten discipline: Faith communities raise their environmental awareness
Great Plains Energy Corridor Energy Weekly (02/19/2010) - Lenten Carbon Fast Underway
Grand Forks Herald (02/13/2010) - Faith Matters: Prairie church group organizes 'carbon fast'
Bismarck Tribune (02/13/2010) - Faith Digest: Group calls for carbon reduction
The Jamestown Sun (02/12/2010) - PCSN renews Lenten carbon fast
North Dakota Ag Connection (02/11/2010) - North Dakota Group Renews Call to Faithful to Reduce Carbon for Lent