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  • Sir David Attenborough urges faith leaders to fight for nature
    September 10, 2014

    Leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough has joined Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK and others, in encouraging faith groups to save nature.

    Sir David and A Rocha UK’s Conservation Director Andy Lester were both on the speaking team at the ‘Conference For Nature’ event in Church House last week (3rd September 2014) – which drew more than 250 people, including other experts from across the environmental lobby.

    Just before the event, Sir David urged religious leaders to pursue conservation. ‘From you and I in our own domains, from business magnates to politicians, and from farmers to faith leaders, everyone has an opportunity to save nature,’ he said. ‘With an increasing global footprint, mankind is intensifying the crisis for wildlife, but as individuals we can all be a part of the solution for saving it, too,’ he said.

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  • ‘Ash to ashes’ alarm over Britain’s trees
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews ash to ashesBritish trees are facing growing threats from an increasing number of pests and diseases, warns A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry, who’s been taking part in key talks on this issue.

    The latest menace is Ash Dieback (Chalara) in non-woodland trees. ‘Remember the Dutch elm disease devastation,’ said David. ‘As there are more ash than there were elm trees, this will be 80 times worse.’

    The Tree Council held a forum this summer on the impact of the disease. More than 70 delegates explored the latest science and began to develop local action plans.

    ‘Ash dieback is a new disease previously unknown in Europe caused by a fungus,’ said David. ‘The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. The first cases were confirmed in Great Britain early in 2012, on ... Read more...


  • Call for ‘healing of the ocean’
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews hidden things of GodMarine research is about showing ‘the hidden things of God’ – and its goal is the ‘healing of the ocean’. That was the message from A Rocha UK’s own marine expert Robert Sluka at a recent Christians in Science conference.

    ‘Ultimately, we’re pointing to the Father, being careful to glorify him,’ Robert told more than 30 delegates at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Reflecting on several Bible passages, Robert focused on marine research at A Rocha Kenya.

    ‘While specifically thinking through marine work, the ideas presented would be applicable for all disciplines,’ he said later. Robert’s paper concluded that the ultimate goal of marine conservation is the ‘healing of the ocean’ so that it praises God as new creation. Lively discussion and questions followed, with many expressing appreciation for A Rocha taking on marine conservation.

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  • Putting the green back into Greenbelt
    September 5, 2014

    Greenbelt photo by Jonathon Watkins ( www.PhotoGlow.co.uk )Greenbelt has got a whole lot greener, thanks to A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.

    Concern had been noted on social media about a perceived lack of environmental awareness at the popular Christian arts festival, which takes place each year over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

    Ruth offered to help refocus the event on green issues. She worked alongside the organisers to make ecology central. ‘We didn’t just want to do one or two seminars on it,’ said Ruth, ‘but send a strong feeling through the festival.’

    She devised various categories including – ‘greening Greenbelt’, which looked at energy use and recycling; ‘creating nature’, which encouraged ecology in the arts; and ‘experiencing nature’, which encouraged people to engage with the natural world around the new festival site at Boughton House. As a result, ... Read more...


  • Book characters go wild in West London
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews book characters go wildMrs Tiggy-Winkle and Shere Khan jumped off the page in West London recently, when local children took part in A Rocha UK’s summer programme of ‘eco-literacy’.

    The children converged on the conservation charity’s Southall centre for the ‘Book Characters Go Wild’ event. Running from 28th July to 1st August, the week-long playscheme ended with a family barbecue.

    Environmental Education Officer David Melville, Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai, Centre Manager Kim Khongsai and Office Manager Maria Masih led the programme. They helped the children explore such stories as Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind In The Willows’, Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tale Of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’ and ‘The Jungle Book’ by Rudyard Kipling.

    ‘For each story, we celebrated the species and asked the children why those animals will be so vulnerable in the future,’ said David Melville. ‘Then we offered hope through practical action. All ... Read more...



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