The spring campaign target for £200,000 of new loans resulted in loan offers of more than £500,000 – and gifts exceeding £40,000. Such an overwhelming result – more than covering the amount – came after a year of prayer and planning.
‘Thanks to God’s grace and supporters’ incredible generosity, A Rocha UK was able to repay all the loans linked to our Southall base which were due this month,’ said CEO Andy Atkins. ‘We also have sound options for repaying all remaining loans in five years’ time, which we’re committed to doing.
‘Supporters’ response was amazing. Securing our national base for the next five years gives us a great foundation for continuing to increase the impact of our ... Read more...
Theresa May’s team are ready to promote a new Government – but are they ready to protect the earth?
With Michael Gove (pictured) as new Secretary of State for the Environment, the Government must now negotiate the UK’s separation from the EU – including how we protect our environment. Nature could fall through the gap. Nature-loving people should act – urgently.
A centrepiece of the Queen’s Speech setting out the new Government’s legislative programme, was the so-called Great Repeal Bill. Despite its name, this is about translating EU law into UK law – not abolishing it. As our most significant environmental safeguards come from EU law – such as the ‘Birds Directive’ and ‘Habitats Directive’ – that should be a big relief.
Unfortunately, things behind the scenes are not as reassuring. There’s nothing to prevent a government subsequently trying to ... Read more...
The Countryfile team report on rural and environmental issues at various regions across the UK. As part of this Sunday’s focus on Essex, the programme will show presenter Ellie Harrison exploring Foxearth Meadows (pictured) – the country’s only nature reserve managed specifically for dragonflies.
As the BBC schedule tells us, Ellie ‘gets up close to these highly coloured and fascinating insects’. From the comfort of their own homes, Countryfile viewers will be able to join Ellie on her trip to the site. Visitors will be especially welcome at the reserve in the week following the programme.Read more...
It’s time for MPs to champion their constituents’ valiant efforts to ease climate change. That’s the message behind Speak Up! Week of Action run by the Climate Coalition, of which A Rocha UK is a part.
Three weeks after the election, Week of Action gives concerned citizens a chance to make climate change one of the first things newly elected MPs talk about. The Coalition is asking people everywhere to organise events in their localities from 1st-9th July – and invite their new elected representatives to join in.
That event may be as small as a few friends gathered around a pot of tea, or it may be as big as a festival in the park. There are no limits to how climate change conversations can start, say the Coalition.
From nature walks to tea parties, run by church groups, school classrooms, ... Read more...
We’ve commented previously on the need for a vision for UK’s nature, and the Department for Environment has been preparing a 25-year Plan for Nature. But after several delays to publication, the Government announced in April it would be postponed indefinitely.
Concerned about weakening environmental protections as the UK prepares to exit the EU, many charities have been arguing for a new Environment Act to bolster things like water and air quality and nature protection. There was gathering political support for it. But the Government announced in May it wouldn’t consider legislation until post-Brexit, threatening the very gap in environmental protection that proponents of the Act hoped it would avoid.
The Government then sought to delay publication ... Read more...