A church is giving up plastic for Lent
PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 February 2018
Churchgoers in Nailsea have given up something a little more unusual for Lent this year.
Members of Nailsea Methodist Church have decided to go on a plastic fast for the next six weeks to cut down on the amount of waste they produce and to reduce their carbon footprint.
Environmentally-friendly worshippers will take on a new challenge each week to reduce their plastic consumption.
Churchgoers hope their actions will spread to friends and family and will also be taken up by businesses in the area.
Mark Mallett, who is one of the organisers behind the campaign, said: “We have a large number of people in the church with a real concern about the environment.
“The church has been accredited as an eco-friendly congregation and a lot of steps have been taken to try and put our own house in order.
“Our solar panels are making a very significant contribution to reducing our carbon footprint. But we are increasingly concerned about the impact of plastic on our environment.
“Our plastic fast for Lent will remind us about our responsibility for God’s creation and the inheritance we pass on to future generations.
“We want our campaign to have a real impact which will continue long after Lent has finished. It’s time to get drastic about plastic.”
During the first week, church members are being challenged to give up plastic water bottles.
Campaign organisers have asked members to avoid buying water in plastic bottles.
They are instead encouraged to refill old plastic bottles, to buy water in glass containers, which can be recycled more easily, or to use metal canteens.
A new challenge will be set each week throughout Lent to encourage people to think about their plastic footprint.
The church, in Silver Street, hopes the campaign will challenge people to think about how their actions effect the environment.
Mark added: “ It is hoped there will be a cumulative effect to reduce the amount of plastic used.
“But it is also anticipated that the campaign will be taken out, through friends and family, into the whole community.
“And it is hoped retailers will hear the call.
“We need to reduce the amount of plastic packaging.”