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Change light bulbs for Lent, Catholic coalition urges

March 07, 2011

A Catholic environmentalist initiative is urging the faithful to observe Lent by recycling, using cloth rather than plastic bags, and replacing incandescent light bulbs.

"Lent is the perfect time to examine our lifestyles," says Dan Misleh, the director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. The group is making presentations at Catholic parishes and parochial schools, arguing for changes in household habits and consumption patterns.

The group promotes a “Catholic Climate Covenant” which has won support from some of the most prominent Church-related organizations in the US, including the US bishops’ conference, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the National Catholic Education Association, and the Jesuit Conference.


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  • Posted by: annemarie - Mar. 08, 2011 6:46 PM ET USA

    What hubris! MAN-MADE climate change?! Scientific evidence does not support that climate change is caused by human activity. How do these groups explain the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age?? And, let us not forget the IPCC Climategate Scandal and two brutally cold winters. Facts can be so inconvenient. I suggest re-reading Gn 1: 1-9. AND, unfortunately, follow the money.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Mar. 08, 2011 5:03 PM ET USA

    All the actions mentioned are simply common-sense ways to express our willingness to be good stewards of God's world (well, perhaps except for replacing incandescent bulbs with mercury-laden CFLs). They have nothing to do with anthropogenic global warming -- sorry, "climate change" -- since that doesn't actually exist.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Mar. 07, 2011 10:32 PM ET USA

    How about we just work on getting off our oil dependence?