Father David Osbourne is the Parish priest of Cranleigh and Bramley. This Lent he’s cutting out petrol and will be donating all of the money saved to the CAFOD Lent Appeal. The help complete his petrol-free Lent challenge, Crawley Nissan have allowed him to borrow a new Nissan Leaf car.
For me, this Lent, ‘Cut it Out!’ means trying to cut out some use of fossil fuels used in motoring and thus call attention to alternative power sources and uses. This may highlight our almost total dependence on fossil fuels which are not only irreplaceable but are contributing to the largest contemporary threat to civilization – global warming.
Find ideas for how you can reduce your carbon footprint this Lent
I have been loaned an electric car by Nissan to experience whether battery powered vehicles are an alternative not only for the “keenies” but a viable alternative for mass transport.
I’m not sure that’s possible either!
But this little experience will help me to understand the issues of living with an electric vehicle and highlight the possibilities of us all moving sooner or later from petrol to a more environmentally sustainable form of everyday transport.
At the moment electric vehicle technology is still very much in its infancy. Things I will be watching and monitoring are issues such as performance and range. Practicality is a real issue. If I deplete the battery how will I recharge and where? How long will it take? Can I drive into London easily and park? You bet I’ll try. Can I overtake safely if I need to? How much will it cost to “refill” the car, as we all know mains electricity doesn’t actually grow on trees!
I won’t be giving up my beloved little Smart car any time soon as I don’t have the funds to be able to buy a new car (as well as the fact that I’m very fond of my little runaround) but I’m looking forward to seeing what this little Nissan will do to help us all Cut it Out this Lent.
Watch this video showing Father David two weeks into his Lent challenge:
Donate any money you save by fasting this Lent to the CAFOD Lent Appeal and the UK government will match your donation pound for pound up to the value of £5 million!