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Give up your iPod for Lent, bishops urge

Apple Inc CEO Steve Jobs speaks as colorful redesigned iPod Nano are displayed at Apple's "Let's Rock" media event in San Francisco, California, September 9, 2008. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

LONDON (Reuters) - British church leaders are encouraging people to give up their iPods for Lent, instead of more traditional vices such as chocolate, to help save the planet.

The Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, and the Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, are among those calling for a carbon fast for Lent -- a period ahead of Easter which Christians traditionally consider a time of penance and reflection -- which begins on Wednesday.

As well as spending a day without using technology such as mobile phones or iPods, the 46 daily suggestions also include eating by candlelight, cutting meat and vegetables thinner so they cook faster and flushing the toilet less often.

“Instead of giving up chocolate for Lent, why not fast for justice ... to help those suffering from the effects of climate change,” said Jones.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Steve Addison