dim bulbs

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 08, 2008

Two Anglican bishops-- Richard Chartres of London (not to be confused with the cathedral) and James Jones of Liverpool-- are encouraging their flocks to undertake a "carbon fast" during Lent, for the sake of the ozone layer and the poor and maybe even (although they don't mention it) their souls.

"For example, on the first day, people can take out one of their light bulbs and whenever they go to turn that light on, and it doesn't work, they can remember why they are fasting from carbon-- to help the poor of the world.

But it won't work if the light bulb is already out.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 09, 2008 7:20 PM ET USA

    There have been various religion substitutes. Now we have junk science. In pagan times they might have responded with Euripedes: Whom the gods destroy they first make mad.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 09, 2008 4:11 PM ET USA

    This doesn't answer the question, how many Anglican bishops does it take to screw in a light bulb? but it does tell us how many it takes to unscreew one.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 09, 2008 8:02 AM ET USA

    In the spirit of this Lenten sacrifice to reduce carbon emissions I vow to hold my breath for three minutes every day and twice on Wednesdays and Fridays. I challenge people like these men who are in leadership positions to set the example and lead the cause of carbon emission reductions by taking a vow of silence for the next forty days and extend that practice into the rest of the year.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2008 6:53 PM ET USA

    Y'know, these ideas are easily mock-able (as you demonstrate), but they're not bad ideas. We *are* wasteful, the comfortable among us can afford our profligacy better the poor, and what we waste cuts into what we have available to help others. I could imagine much more hare-brained Lenten disciplines to take on.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2008 4:47 PM ET USA

    One Bishop suggests: "Other activities include avoiding plastic bags and insulating the house." Yes, of course, whenever I think of Lenten fasting, I think of insulating my house. Makes me want to put a plastic bag over my head, but I can't. I'm fasting from those as well.