Fast for the environment

HONG KONG (SE): Fasting in Lent is an age old practice in the Church, but on February 16 the Global Catholic Climate Movement added a new twist to the tradition when it announced that over 45 countries will take part in a 40-day Lenten fast for climate justice.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, which fell on February 18, and running until Good Friday on March 28, people are being encouraged to pray for unity on climate change within the Catholic Church and ask world leaders to make a workable agreement at the Climate Change Conference to be held in Paris later this year.

Catholic organisations in 45 countries have signed up to promote the fast for the environment.