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Bishop bans himself from driving for Lent

The Right Revd Dr Edward Condry, the Bishop of Ramsbury, who drives 1500 miles a month for work has pledged not to get behind the wheel of a car for the next six weeks, while also commiting to only eating locally sourced food.

Bishop Edward said: "Last year, I gave up my car for the whole of Lent, doing as much of my business as possible by bike and the rest of it by bus and train. This saved over 2,000 miles of driving. It was rewarding, and at times extraordinarily challenging.

"I was surprised how much of a spiritual experience it was to give up the car, in a way that struggling to give up chocolate had never achieved, for me. I can't quite put my finger on why, but maybe it is as simple as having to change my life pattern and make an extra effort.

"Lent should be a time when Christians make some real sacrifices, following the example of Jesus Christ, who fasted in the desert for forty days before starting his public ministry.

"It's also right that I do things that lead me to question my 21st-Century lifestyle that comes at a huge cost to the planet. That's why I decided to eat only locally sourced food for Lent as well as giving up the car.

"Christians are called to care for God's creation. Each of us must take our personal contribution to CO2 emissions seriously.

Bishop Edward mainly looks after churches in rural parts of Wiltshire where public transport is limited.

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