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Catholic group urges faithful to consume less meat this Lent

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By Christina Hermoso

The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) has called on the faithful “to consume less meat or to totally abstain from meat consumption following a Catholic tradition” as the season of Lent nears.

Children play at the crosses in Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga, on which penitents will be crucified on Good Friday. Huge crowds are expected to converge in Cutud for the annual Lenten spectacle. (Alvin Kasiban)

Children play at the crosses in Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga, on which penitents will be crucified on Good Friday. Huge crowds are expected to converge in Cutud for the annual Lenten spectacle. (Alvin Kasiban)

“Aside from religious concerns, Catholics must also be aware of the beneficial effects of consuming less meat to the environment,” the group said in a video.

In a study conducted by the GCCM, livestock and meat production were found to be sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

“This Lent, we invite you to go beyond fasting from meat on Fridays. Add one more day of plant-based meals to your table or strive to eat plant-based meals throughout the Lenten season. Together, our acts of solidarity add up to better protection for our vulnerable brothers and sisters.” The GCCM said.

Founded in January 2015, the GCCM is an international network of over 400 Catholic organizations responding to Pope Francis’ ‘Laudato Si’ call to care for creation.

The GCCM said, poultry farming amounts to about 0.55 pounds of Carbon Dioxide,  hog raising to 1.90 pounds of Carbon Dioxide, while cattle farming amounts to 7.40 pounds of Carbon Dioxide, which is equivalent to the emission released by a vehicle that has run 9.81 miles.

“That is why we are appealing to the faithful to shift to a plant-based diet or to lessen their meat consumption,” the GCCM said. Roman Catholics will observe the 40-day Lenten season starting on Ash Wednesday, March 6.

Radio Veritas president and Caritas Manila executive director Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual has, earlier, called for support for his No Meat Friday campaign during Lent or even beyond.

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