There is a crisis. A report this month, which featured in the national press, revealed the shocking statistic that German nature reserves have seen a 75 per cent reduction in the biomass of flying insects in the last three decades.
It may be hard to imagine if you’ve found yourself in the middle of a cloud of midges in Scotland. But, anecdotally, we understand that similar things are happening here in the UK.
This is a catastrophe.
Even those of us who love nature aren’t always excited by creepy-crawlies. Mosquitos and funnel-web spiders don’t usually make it on to our ‘favourite creatures’ lists. But without the myriad species that make up the insect world, many of our ecosystems would collapse.
Insects often inhabit the bottom end of the food chain, meaning much larger creatures ultimately rely on them for survival. The wildlife that ... Read more...
ACT OF LOVE
The leaflet Create A Legacy explains how a will is an opportunity to provide for the people and causes you care most about. And it shows how you can help give nature a future in your will.
‘Leaving a gift in your will to A Rocha UK is a wonderful way to ensure that your faith, love and passion for nature lives on,’ says Create A Legacy. ‘Making a will means you can feel secure knowing your wishes will be carried out. Your will can be a lasting act of love.’
A Rocha UK is unable to offer legal or financial advice, so information is offered on where to get that help for making a ... Read more...
Atmospheric scientist Dr Katharine Hayhoe (pictured) will deliver the John Stott London Lecture 2017 on Climate And Faith In The Public Arena at All Souls Church, Langham Place, on 16th November. Our partner A Rocha International is one of the organisers – along with All Souls, The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and Langham Partnership.
Dr Katharine Hayhoe will look at the issue of science and faith – which, since the time of Galileo, have been framed as two opposing, or at best non-overlapping, systems. As the scientific evidence builds, however, so often does the vocal opposition. And on climate change, much of that disagreement comes from political and religious conservatives.
Why is climate change so polarising to these communities? What makes it so hard to comprehend ... Read more...
Not only is food the most basic human need, but also it comes to us through the miracle of natural processes – the work of our Creator God.
We can take for granted the availability of food on our supermarket shelves. Few of us grow our own. We don’t suffer directly when drought or floods kill the crops, as many in the global south do. With each new generation becoming increasingly cut off from food production and nature, Harvest Festival is a chance to raise awareness.
But is it enough?
Weather events are becoming more spectacular — from record hurricanes in the Caribbean to killer droughts in East Africa. Human action is taking a devastating toll on nature and people around the ... Read more...
With delegates already registered from far and wide, this is a wonderful opportunity for us to get together and share the journey of making our churches more sustainable.
Why not join us to hear from speakers such as Ruth Valerio – formerly of A Rocha UK, now Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund – A Rocha UK CEO Andy Atkins (pictured) and Harriet Carty, Director of Caring for God’s Acre?Read more...