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Bishop of Liverpool calls for a Lent gadget fast

Bishop James wants people to put down their iPods for Lent

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend James Jones is asking people to think about their impact on the environment this Lent.

Bishop James is promoting a series of daily ways to reduce carbon emissions.

He is also targeting the use of modern gadgets.

"When you're using iPods and phones you do an awful lot of talking, and Lent is meant to be a time when you keep quiet and silent, and listen to God," he told BBC North West Tonight.

"Maybe you should put the iPod aside and say a prayer instead.

"Anything that consumes energy we should think twice about using because we really need to reduce our consumption."

Bishop James began his idea of a Carbon Fast four years ago, it has since been taken up nationally by Tear Fund.

He will be using an electric car for travel to his engagements during Lent, but says people should also consider their use of modern gadgets for reasons beyond reducing climate change.

Bishop James, who has recently installed solar panels to provide energy for hot water at his official residence, will be donating the savings he makes from using the electric car to the Climate Justice fund.

Climate Justice is the Church of England's national environmental fund which is run in conjunction with Tear Fund.

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