• Churches called to rescue nature
    January 18, 2016

    andy atkins smile 4Churches could transform the environment of these islands, says A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins (pictured). In a special interview for Families First – the magazine of the Mothers’ Union – he calls Christians to rescue creation.


    ‘There’s an urgent need,’ he told the January/February edition of the publication, ‘given the reality of climate change and the speed at which we’re losing once abundant nature – including our “common or garden” birds.’

    Andy gave the interview just before taking on his new role at the start of January 2016. He told the magazine about a childhood of dodging crazed crocodiles and toxic trees in the Australian wilderness – to his adulthood of addressing the biggest anti-poverty march in British history. He shared stories of living on a remote tropical island and moving to London’s East End.

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  • New chief Andy Atkins says, ‘Hello’!
    January 8, 2016

    anyd atkins square 3Happy New Year from A Rocha UK!

    I expect you and I have much in common – a love of nature and a love of the Church, God’s family (warts and all, like any family!).


    I’m passionate about conserving and restoring nature and preserving a life-sustaining climate, for the love of God and fairness to future generations. I love what we can achieve when we act together. So it’s a privilege to join the A Rocha UK family. I look forward to working with you to make the UK a better place for nature and people, to the glory of God.

    A Rocha UK has exciting plans. I’ll mention just two now. At the end of this month we launch Eco Church, a scheme to help churches care for God’s earth. Read our news story here. ... Read more...

  • 50,000 marchers made ‘fantastic sight’
    December 16, 2015

    ruth at climate march (1)Tens of thousands of eco-activists took part in recent climate marches across these islands – and A Rocha UK staff and supporters were among them.

    While 150 global leaders met for United Nations climate talks in Paris, Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured, photo by Clive Mear) spoke at the London march – as more than 50,000 joined in to sing and samba their way down Whitehall.


    A Rocha UK’s new chief Andy Atkins took part in meetings with A Rocha International at Paris. Bertie Stirling, part of the Partners In Action network, was promoting the online Advent calendar at the Belfast march (photo below by Clive Price).

    Later, they were all rewarded with ‘a rare moment for real celebration’ – which is how Conservation Director Andy Lester described the outcome ... Read more...

  • Break new ground with Eco Church
    December 16, 2015

    Your church can become good news for God’s earth – by taking part in a national award scheme.

    And to start your journey, all you have to do is register with Eco Church. Run by A Rocha UK, this new initiative equips congregations in England and Wales to care for creation through every part of church life.

    The scheme is being launched with a special reception at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26th January 2016. Guest speaker will be former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams (pictured by Graham Lacdao, St Paul’s Cathedral).


  • ‘Serious look’ aims at sustainability
    December 16, 2015

    robert sluka (1)Mission and sustainability might sound a strange mix – but they make a heady brew for a major one-day conference in the Midlands next spring.

    A Rocha UK has joined forces with The John Ray Initiative, ForMission College and Micah Global to present A Sustainable Future? – offering ‘a serious look’ at the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals.


    Organisers say this event is aimed at those who are ‘missional minded’ and ‘seriously concerned’ about environmental issues. Taking place on 5th March 2016 in Birmingham, the conference will be addressed by such experts as A Rocha’s marine specialist Dr Robert Sluka (pictured).

    The Millennium Development Goals were agreed by the United Nations in 2000. These helped to bring about less people living in extreme poverty and more having access to clean drinking water.

    ‘For one goal, however – that most concerned with environment – things have got a lot worse,’ said JRI Operations ... Read more...

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