Fasting for the Climate

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Inspiration, News

Fasting for Climate JusticeMeatless Fridays

Abstinence from meat on Fridays has long been a tradition of the Catholic Church. As with all forms of fasting, this form of self-discipline reminds us of our true dependence on God. It is also tied to charity, enabling the penitent to offer whatever food is not eaten to the poor.

In this light, Catholic Earthcare and the Global Catholic Climate Movement are encouraging abstinence from meat on Fridays,  as a way to reduce our negative impact on global climate change. Cutting out meat and other animal products, even just for one day a week, can have a real impact on the environment.

Scientific studies have revealed that meat consumption results in at least 15% of greenhouse gas emissions (mostly from methane). Meat production also utilises substantial amounts of water of fresh water: One kg of meat requires approximately 1,500 litre of fresh water to produce. By reducing our meat consumption, we can can make a substantial impact in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that ultimately contribute to human-induced climate change, as well as reduce our fresh water footprint.

Fast for the Climate

We are also participating in the interfaith Fast for the Climate, which takes place the first day of each month. Thousands of individuals and organisations from 92 countries support the Fast for the Climate, which calls on government officials to take urgent action on climate change. To take part, you can fast from food (during the whole day or at least one meal) and/or from activities that produce carbon dioxide (reducing our use of fossil fuels, electricity, plastic, paper and toxins).

Register for Meatless Friday and the Fast for the Climate on the Global Catholic Climate Movement website. People who register will receive an email on the first Thursday of each month as a reminder of their commitment, along with tips for how to live out this practice.