Join us over the coming 40 days of lent to journey deeper into how our daily attitudes and actions interact with the rest of creation. We will cultivate rhythms of meditation, prayer, discussion, and action. Each week will have a theme to focus our thoughts, and each day there will be a new activity to undertake as we explore how to lighten our impact on this world. Read more
Week 2: Food
This week, our meditations, prayers, actions and discussions will centre on the theme of food.
Monday 19th February: Meatless Mondays. Livestock supply chains account for 14.5% of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Cattle (both beef and milk production) are responsible for about two-thirds of this figure. Reducing the amount of meat, and especially beef, that we eat can therefore reduce our impact on the climate. Throughout this lent period, challenge yourself to have an (extra) meal a week without meat.
Tuesday 20th February: Meditate on Genesis 2:15. It’s a familiar verse, so take time to press into God’s presence with it and see what He’s saying.
Wednesday 21st February: Keep a note. The key place to start in reducing the amount we throw away is seeing the breakdown of what we bin. So, over the next five days, record all the food you throw away.
Thursday 22nd February: Up your Fairtrade. Buying Fairtrade is one way in which we can exercise our consumer power, and show care to our global neighbours. Producers receive a fair wage which enables them to make their own decisions, and control their own futures. Swap something in your shopping habits and buy one extra Fairtrade item this week. What about rice, dried fruits, tea, coffee, bananas, toilet paper, sugar, cocoa, spices? The list goes on!
Friday 23rd February: Glaciers are retreating, sea levels are rising, plant and animal ranges are shifting, trees are flowering sooner, extreme weather events are more common, rivers are increasingly polluted, fish stocks are under pressure. Our world is suffering in numerous ways. Spend some time before our Creator repenting for our own part in hurting His creation. Then, pray for our Creator God’s heart to shape our own.
Saturday 24th February: War on Waste. In the UK, we throw away 7 million tonnes of food and drink from our homes every year. Compost your unused food, and make free compost for your (or a friend’s) garden. Or, put it in your food bin (rather than your black bin) and make electricity with it. In Oxford, food recycling is taken to an anaerobic digestion plant where it generates electricity and fertiliser.
Sunday 25th February: Chat about what ‘best before’ and ‘use by’ dates actually mean. If you’re not sure (let’s be honest, it is fairly confusing), do some research.
Also, look back over the food waste diary you’ve kept this week. Can you see any patterns which reveal areas where you can minimise your waste?