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  • Comment: Big vision, now let’s see bold policies
    January 29, 2018

    Finally, the Government has launched its much delayed 25-year plan, A Greener Future. A Rocha UK has called frequently for much greater Government vision to protect and restore the UK’s environment. Backed by the Prime Minister’s desire that we should be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, the 25-year plan provides an exciting vision. A Rocha UK welcomes that.

    The vision includes, among a long list of positive aims, an end to all avoidable plastic waste by 2042, creation of 500,000 hectares of new wildlife habitat, designation of new marine conservation zones by July 2019, and intentions to change farming practice and subsidies to reward good stewardship of nature.

    But the plan is hollow when it comes to concrete policies. The only firm commitment is to impose a plastic bag charge on small shops ... Read more...


  • First Eco Church Conference of 2018 is announced
    December 19, 2017

    The man who led Britain’s first Environment City is to address our first Eco Church Conference of 2018 next month (February) on his home patch.

    A former trustee of our sister charity A Rocha International, Rodney Green is one of the speakers at ‘God’s Earth, Our Mission’ on 24th February at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester (pictured).

    Rodney was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council from 1996-2008. During that time, it won nine Beacon Council awards for innovation and excellence and became Britain’s first Environment City, first European Sustainable City and first major city to win the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme accreditation.

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  • Helen can help your church to cherish nature
    December 18, 2017

    It’s the culmination of a 12-year journey for Welsh environmentalist Helen Stephens. She’s gone from being a delegate at one of our conferences in 2005 – to becoming our new Church Relations Manager.

    SWANSEA NATIVE

    Helen is a native of Swansea, near the Gower peninsula, location for our Partner In Action, St Madoc Centre. She grew up amid the wonder of nature, on one of these islands’ most stunning coastlines.

    She earned a geography degree at university. Helen then spent some time as a volunteer in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission. She went on to study agriculture and development – before working in telecoms, most recently in corporate responsibility.

    Helen recently studied sustainability and responsibility – an attempt to reconcile her love of nature, evident from a young age with her Christian faith. ‘They’d seemingly been on parallel paths,’ said Helen, ‘and I wanted to ... Read more...


  • Show your love for the world
    December 18, 2017

    Why not welcome the New Year by showing the love for all the things you hold dear – and don’t want to lose to climate change?

    ANNUAL CELEBRATION

    Climate change is impacting on many of the things we love and cherish. It can be seen from the roaring football pitches to the silent woodlands. It’s changing the seasons, upsetting the crops that feed us, and affecting communities around the world.

    But still we have hope.

    And this February, you can be a part of it. You can join an annual celebration hosted by our friends in The Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.

    You’re invited to ‘Show The Love’ for all the things you love – through the power of green hearts. Whether you make one, wear one or share one, each green heart is a moment of possibility.

    It’s an opportunity to ... Read more...


  • Glad tidings of great joy
    December 18, 2017

    Good news rarely makes the headlines – so we need to root it out and build on it – fast. That’s the message from our CEO Andy Atkins in his latest blog.

    FASTER SOLUTIONS

    ‘As I look back on 2017, I find so much good news,’ says Andy. ‘Amid bleak stories of wildlife decline, there’s evidence of what can be achieved. Farmers in Scotland, working with the RSPB, have reversed the decline in the Corn Bunting, one of the UK’s most endangered birds’ (pictured).

    Andy’s blog goes on to list other good news stories about nature. But there’s more work to be done, he reminds us.

    ‘The key to faster solutions is public backing, including bringing whole sections of the public on board, such as Christians and churches,’ says Andy. ‘There’s good news here, too…’

    NEW APPEAL

    To find out more details about the ‘good news’ Andy ... Read more...



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