Speaking at the Sunday worship service run by A Rocha UK and A Rocha International, Andy (pictured) said, ‘We’re to love what God has created as he loves it. And that love starts with enjoying creation – something birders know about – but continues through nurturing and protecting’.
Andy welcomed the fact that church leaders – from the Archbishop of Canterbury to Pope Francis – have recently emphasised how nature is important to God. Andy invited people to join A Rocha UK in seeking to restore and protect the nation’s once thriving nature.Read more...
Contact with nature is good for us. Studies say connecting with the outdoors improves physical health, through walking, as well as mental wellbeing, with reductions in stress and improved powers of concentration. Many of us will experience greater spiritual wellbeing. We feel closer to God amid creation, gazing for miles from a mountain top or happily ‘lost’ in the depths of a wood.
That’s all good news. But we need to spread it fast. Britain’s population is 80 per cent urban – and rising. Whole generations have no regular contact with ‘wild’ landscape or abundant nature. That’s bad not only for people, but also for nature. People don’t defend what they ... Read more...
With the impacts of climate change mounting – from the human cost of floods, droughts and fires around the world to the disruption of UK wildlife by ever-earlier spring times – it’s time to build fast on ‘Paris’. Britain has an important role.
The already eight-month-old Paris Agreement won’t come into effect until ratified by 55 countries – together accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Only 19 of 178 signatories have done so.
Apart from Norway, these are almost all small island states that have contributed virtually nothing to the ‘stock’ of gases. But they face an existential threat from rising sea levels caused by the warming oceans and ... Read more...
Raiders who robbed Wolf Fields of essential equipment have not only failed to halt its development into an urban nature reserve, but have also succeeded in promoting community art on the three-acre West London site.
Security has been stepped up there in the form of a massive shipping container – to the cost of £1,600. This kind of storage is normally used to transport heavy machinery and household goods on the high seas.
Now such a super-strong structure has been installed at Wolf Fields. But locals have welcomed it with open arms – and with paintbrushes. Volunteers are ready to trigger their own art attack, adding their own creative expression to the site (pictured).
More than 20 people from the local community are involved in designing and painting the huge box. ‘While the shipping container was ... Read more...
When Dorset-based Hilfield Friary (pictured) entered for a Silver Award in A Rocha UK’s Eco Church scheme, their application was so impressive, they were immediately upgraded to Gold level.
‘They’d achieved so much,’ said Eco Church Manager Nigel Hopper, ‘they ran out of categories in our online survey.’
An A Rocha UK Partner In Action, the Anglican Franciscan community had done standard activities such as special Sundays on creation care, hosting A Rocha UK speakers, and fitting energy-efficient lamps.
They’d gone a step further with electricity from renewable sources, insulating and double-glazing buildings, rainwater-harvesting systems and measuring their carbon footprint.
But the friary tipped the eco-scale with solar panels, running their own water supply ... Read more...