03/28/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Carbon Fast" Called For By Bishops Of Liverpool And London

The UK's energy and climate change minister Ed Miliband has joined church leaders by calling for a "carbon fast" this Lent. Along with the Right Rev James Jones, bishop of Liverpool, and the Right Rev Dr Richard Chartres, bishop of London, Miliband is encouraging the British public to cut their carbon footprints during the 40-day fast by taking steps such as removing a light bulb at home.

"This initiative shows there are ways we can make a difference that might seem like a sacrifice to begin with but can easily become part of everyday life and help tackle dangerous climate change," said Miliband. He confessed that the carbon sin he'll miss most is driving short distances into town.

Jones plans to install a solar hot water system at his home and has pledged to ensure his computers, telephones and televisions are turned off, and not left on standby every night.