Eco-friendly ways and ideas goes for the whole year and lent is no exception. It is actually a great time to practice green ideas and ways to live a sustainable life.
Lent season is very important for catholic people and did you know that during this time while we are reflecting for the benefit of our souls, we can also help our environment to be a better place to live in with some of our Lent rituals. There are lots of things that we can give up during Lent that can be a big help to the environment;
Eat Sustainable and Healthy Food – This is the time of year that we can be serious with our diet. Beside the thought of fasting, eating healthy vegetable meals are a great way to start a healthy habit. While staying away on pork and meats, there are vegetables and sea foods which are harvested sustainably. There are many healthy Lenten recipe that you can found in the net.
Walk, walk, walk – Isn’t this a way of penance? I believe that walking barefooted is a part of Philippine way of doing penance. I remember my childhood days where I take part of Senakulo. There is also Visita Iglesia, wherein you pay a visit to different churches. Walk your way on this activities and see the savings for your gasoline but also the impact it can create to the environment by not contributing to air pollution.
Conserve Energy – During Lent season, we are all encouraged to pray. It is not just encouragement but our duty. Instead of consuming your time watching television shows, isn’t it a great time to pray and learn more about ourselves? While praying, you can turn off that lights. If you must use computers, set a time to stop and relax and while relaxing, make sure to turn your computer into sleep mode so as to lesser the demands of electricity.
The weight of celebrating Lent season while observing it with religious reason is also a great time to help our environment. Personal sacrifices that leads to sustainable living and practicing brighter green ideas was indeed a great Lent promise that we can send to the one that made the big sacrifice for us all. Just as it was, a life of less is more leisurely, a little less expensive and a little less heavy on consuming Earth’s resources thus reducing carbon footprint.