So-what are you giving up for Lent? If you’re one of the millions of Christians around the world who observes the 40 day period leading up to Easter, it may be a time to follow a tradition of contemplation…along with foregoing certain luxuries and activities.
One group in Brattleboro has decided to spend Lent reducing their carbon footprint. The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is taking part in a carbon-fast, an idea that originated in England, spread to Boston and now Vermont, and is expanding its reach even more.
The New England Regional Environmental Ministries is sending daily emails to people in more than 30 states with tips on ways to cut their carbon emissions. And 5,600 people have already signed up on-line to take part.
VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb speaks with Fred Taylor is an environmental studies professor and writer who lives in Dummerston. He helped get churches in the Brattleboro area involved in the project.
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