German churches call for "car fast"
- The Catholic dioceses of Trier, Mainz and Limburg and the Lutheran
churches of Rheinland-Pfalz and Hessen-Nassau are calling for their
parishioners to consider abstaining from car use during Lent. As part
of "Aktion AutoFasten", leaders of these churches, which have several
million members altogether, are calling for people to use alternative
means of transport from March 7 to April 7. The campaign is "an appeal
to all Christians to question their daily lifestyle and their
relationship to the environment", especially regarding their use of
cars, "in order to become inwardly free and independent," according to
a press release by the archdiocese of Mainz. The churches wish to
highlight "the individual's personal responsibility toward the
environment and God's creation."
This is the seventh year the call has been made; each year a larger
number of churches have taken part. The campaign is being supported by
the Germain rail company and local transport authorities with tickets
good for free travel on trains all public transport, as well as the
environment ministry of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz. Certain
car-sharing and bicycle rental are also supporting the campaign with
More information in German is available at http://www.autofasten.de .