Churches around the country have been holding 'Oil Fast' services today (3 October 2010) in a day for action and reflection about lifestyle changes and spiritual inspiration.
"Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have brought the wider costs of our dependence on oil to the forefront of the global consciousness," says the churches' environment campaign, Operation Noah.
"Ongoing leaks and pollution in the Niger Delta where Shell has been extracting oil for many years have received less publicity, but the consequences are the same: environmental destruction, loss of livelihoods and impacts on health," a spokesperson declared.
"Furthermore, the tragedy unfolding in Pakistan as millions are left stranded, homeless, injured or sick after flooding must be a call to action; we cannot ignore the impact of burning oil and other fossil fuels, it is happening all around us as we speak."
Operation Noah's 'carbon exodus' has caught the imagination of local congregations and church groups around the country, say the organisers - who produced education, liturgy and sermon materials for the occasion.
Christians and other sympathisers have been encouraged to use the day to mark the start of their own journey away from dependence on carbon towards the "promised land of a Zero Carbon Britain" by 2030.
The campaign is looking to Christians to make the same positive difference in caring for people and planet as they did with recent campaigns to end debt poverty and change the way the global economy functions.
More on Operation Noah: http://www.operationnoah.org/