Creating a low carbon economy needs ‘a vision of God’s kingdom on earth’. That was the message Bishop of Salisbury Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam gave to nearly 1,000 people at an ecumenical service during the Speak Up For The Love Of climate lobby in Westminster this week (17th June).
Welcoming the Pope’s encyclical on caring for creation, Bishop Nicholas (pictured right) declared it is our ‘Christian concern’ to look after the planet. He noted there is an ‘ecumenical consensus’ for the environment.
‘We need to make the transition to a low carbon economy,’ said Bishop Nicholas, who is the Church of England’s lead bishop for Environmental Affairs . ‘The science, economics and politics all point in the same direction – and we need the spirit to do it. We need to do things differently and seek to live in the ... Read more...
In a joint statement, the two charities have welcomed the new Papal Encyclical Laudato Si (Praise be to you) – with its strong moral message on the environment. The organisations urge all churches to reflect on the encyclical, and to put pressure on their respective governments for the United Nations talks on climate change at Paris in December 2015.
‘At a time when humanity’s actions are having an unprecedented negative impact on God’s world, it’s vital that Christians of all denominations – along with those of other faiths and none – unite to protect creation’s integrity,’ said Rev Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International.
As leader of a billion-strong global community, Pope Francis has ... Read more...
Hot off the press! We have compiled an exclusive little gallery of Images from A Rocha UK’s participation in the Climate Coalition lobby at Westminster yesterday (Wednesday 17th June). Photos by Clive Price. Full report to follow…enjoy!Read more...
Supporters and staff from A Rocha UK will join forces with people from every walk of life to protect the planet. They will descend on Westminster this month for Britain’s biggest ever climate change lobby.
Anglers, bee keepers, snowboarders, surfers, doctors, nuns, priests and farmers will unite for Speak Up For The Love Of on 17th June. They will call on the new Government to act on climate change. Everyone will meet with their constituency MPs face-to-face on the embankment outside Westminster. They will explain why they want Parliament to hold back CO2 emissions and build a cleaner economy.
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Since acquiring their own nature reserve, A Rocha UK have been sending specialists to inspect the 12-acre Foxearth site.
A new steering group has been created, consisting of a number of local people. Church leaders to ecologists all have input into the project.
The group visited the site in early May, to start thinking about how they can collectively use their skills to support the development of Britain’s first official dragonfly and damselfly reserve.
Two weeks later, Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured – photo by Becky Vickers) led a team of three ecologists to carry out an initial survey of plants, birds and small mammals.
‘Perhaps the highlight of the survey was a pair of Nightingales on territory, singing while two Hobby flew overhead,’ said Andy, ‘or maybe it was watching ... Read more...