Cathedral gives up lighting for Lent

Exeter Cathedral is giving up light for Lent. The floodlights on the building’s facade will be turned off for the six-week period to cut carbon emissions.

People across the South West are being urged by the Church of England to find ways to cut their carbon footprint by 40 per cent during the 40 days of Lent.

The Dean of Exeter Cathedral, the Very Rev Jonathan Draper, said: ‘Less light at the west end of the Cathedral by shutting off the floodlights will be a visible symbol of our need to cut the carbon, and be part of how we address the challenges of climate change.’

The Carbon Fast 2014 initiative has been developed by the Anglican dioceses of Bath and Wells, Bristol, Truro, Exeter, Salisbury and Gloucester, in partnership with the Christian charity Tearfund.

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