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/ 13 February 2018

Bought, borrowed, used and… Lent

For Anglicans, Lent is the time when we remember the 40 days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, facing challenge and temptation. It is a time when we reflect on God’s purpose for our life.

This year we challenge ourselves to give up single-use plastics – to reduce the actions which damage God’s Creation.

The Church of England has created a free resource – the Lent Plastic Challenge to help us do just that.

Over 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Just 9% was recycled.

David Attenborough has recently brought to everyone’s attention the hideous damage being caused by our throwaway society to life in the oceans – where so much of our waste eventually ends up.

The Anglican Communion’s Fifth Mark of Mission is ‘To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’. This Lent let’s give ocean creatures a better chance to renew themselves, free of our trash!

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