Give up carbon for Lent. It's what all the cool nuns are doing.

Old and busted: Golden calves. New and shiny: The CFC lightbulb.

Professor Mary Frohlich wears trim business suits, teaches global climate change and talks about historical links between the oppression of the earth and the oppression of women.

She is a Roman Catholic nun.

“People who know about nuns are not surprised,” Frohlich said, laughing.

While some religious and scientific groups might be at odds over issues such as evolution and stem-cell research, over the last few years they have found common ground on global warming and climate change.

“I would say that it’s a welcome contribution to have many more people weighing in, because when it comes down on it, a lot of decisions will be based on values,” said climate scientist Brenda Ekwurzel of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Hm. How about basing them on science and data. Oh…

That might get in the way of this:

Two of the Church of England’s most senior Bishops are today (5 February 2008) urging people to cut their carbon rather than give up chocolate this Lent.

Bishop of Liverpool and Vice President of Tearfund, James Jones and Bishop of London, Dr Richard Chartres, are joining with development agency Tearfund in calling for a cut in personal carbon use for each of the 40 days of Lent, which begins tomorrow.

At the same time a Tearfund survey reveals that three out of five adults in the UK are willing to take an energy saving action this Lent.

Tearfund and the Bishops have launched the fast because of the urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, and to protect poor communities around the world who are already suffering from the ravages of climate change.

Most poor countries are actually suffering from the ravages of tyranny, brutality and the advice of idjits like these two bishops.

Maybe the rest of us can join them soon, right after they make it a crime to be a global warming skeptic heretic.

(h/t Chris R.)