The carbon dioxide fast, that is, the reduction of the use of fuel, electricity and waste of plastic, paper and water, is the proposal of the Archdiocese of Mumbai (Maharashtra) for the period of Lent, which starts tomorrow.
In a statement posted on the Archdiocese website, the local Church
says that "fasting challenges people to consider how their everyday
actions can have an impact on the environment."
So from tomorrow, Ash
Wednesday, until April 8, Catholics are invited to "reduce actions that
hurt God's creation."
Msgr. Allwyn D'Silva, Auxiliary Bishop and the Office of the
Secretary for Climate Change of the Federation of Asian Bishops'
Conferences (FABC), reports that "for two years, the diocese has been
organizing the carbon fast. Also this year we are continuing the
initiative that has is becoming very popular, and continues to be
practiced after Lent”.
Msgr. D'Silvia, recently appointed and known for his socially and environmentally responsible, continues:
"In the account of Creation [the Book of Genesis, ed], we read that God
created a beautiful world and saw that what He had done it was very
good. Unfortunately we have ruined the world with our actions. "
To make sure that the planet reaches sustainability, the bishops
stresses that "everyone can take small steps to reduce carbon dioxide
emissions. And then the gestures that we practice during Lent can
continue even after, in order to ensure lasting change. "
According to Msgr. D'Silva, "the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change (IPCC) states clearly that human activities are the main cause of
climate change. So we as a Church, and in response to call of Pope
Francis [with the encyclical "Laudato sì '", ed], must defend and protect creation. There is no better time than Lent to implement the carbon fast".
The bishop believes that Pope Francis, in supporting care for the
environment, has "created a new beatitude: Blessed are those who protect
and take care of our common home."
The theme of climate change, he
points out, "is rooted in faith, because taking care of creation means
to express their love for the Creator. The more interested we are in the
care of creation, the more spiritual we become ".
A rethinking of behavior "must take place not only in India but
across the world, given the uncertain weather, floods and rising
temperatures, which have already caused a lot of damage."
From our side,
concluded Msgr. D'Silva, "we can start reducing the consumption of
fuel, walking, cutting out the use of electrical energy, using less
paper, reducing food, water and other waste ".