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British Bishops Urge 'Carbon Fast' For Lent

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Church leaders in Britain are urging their flock to observe Lent by going on a "carbon fast." The say it will help the poor in places suffering from climate change. So, instead of giving up chocolate, Christians could eat by candlelight to consume less electricity.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Church leaders in Britain are urging their flock to observe Lent, which begins today, by going on a carbon fast. They say it will help the poor in places suffering from climate change. So instead of giving up, say, chocolate, Christians could eat by candlelight to consume less electricity. It may be tougher to give up electronic devices like cell phones and iPods, but the bishops are asking followers to abstain from any particular carbon vice for just one day. It's MORNING EDITION.

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