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.
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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...
Putting creation care at the heart of church life has earned a Buckinghamshire parish the Eco-congregation award.
‘The two St James’ at Gerrards Cross and Fulmer recently received the honour after an intensive 18-month journey into environmental issues. They not only pursued a programme to make their congregations eco-friendly, but also set up a Love Creation team to spearhead the changes.
Their eco-efforts included a whole range of activities – from children’s woodland art to a complete energy audit of their building. Everything from staff training to house group Bible studies covered environmental issues. They invited A Rocha UK founder Dave Bookless to speak at services.
‘We felt it was particularly important that we modelled creation care,’ said Love Creation team member Tricia Fiddian. Tricia looks after their communications, which include a blog and newsletter.
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