Demonstrating to both landowners and local authorities that incorporating the needs of nature and the local community into their land management plans is vital if we are to reverse the decline of nature in the UK.
Through our own nature reserves and our network of Partners in Action, we already have active examples of what can be achieved for the benefit of all. Our aim is to establish a conservation site run by Christians in every region of the UK, providing a practical demonstration of how this can work.
It’s such a wholesome programme, even the meals have meaning at this year’s first Eco Church Conference. The Real Junk Food Project Leicester is providing lunch at ‘God’s Earth: Our Mission’ on 24th February at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester.
DESTINED FOR WASTE
The Real Junk Food Project is a network of pay-as-you-feel cafes that diverts edible food destined for waste and uses it to create meals for anyone and everyone.
Adding their own food for thought to the day will be our keynote speakers Rodney Green – who helped lead Leicester towards becoming an Environment City – and Rich Bee, who is Engagement Director for A Rocha UK.
Rodney and Rich will both address the event theme – how caring for God’s earth is an intrinsic part of our mission as Christians. There will be workshops where practical ideas will be shared on how we ... Read more...
As part of our mission to mobilise Christians and churches to care for the natural world, we’re launching a new programme!
That’s because fewer and fewer of us engage with nature regularly. Yet the good news is that we don’t have to go far to find life, even in the middle of our most crowded cities.
SENSE OF WONDER
Think about it. What would happen if Christians across the UK decided to reconnect to the natural world? What would happen if we stopped to notice the flowers, insects, birds and other creatures that surround us? And what does God think about his creation, anyway?
Aimed at the everyday man, woman and child who wants to reconnect with nature but doesn’t always know how, the programme will help individual Christians – and their families – to regain their sense of wonder at the beauty of creation ... Read more...
Finally, the Government has launched its much delayed 25-year plan, A Greener Future. A Rocha UK has called frequently for much greater Government vision to protect and restore the UK’s environment. Backed by the Prime Minister’s desire that we should be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it, the 25-year plan provides an exciting vision. A Rocha UK welcomes that.
The vision includes, among a long list of positive aims, an end to all avoidable plastic waste by 2042, creation of 500,000 hectares of new wildlife habitat, designation of new marine conservation zones by July 2019, and intentions to change farming practice and subsidies to reward good stewardship of nature.
But the plan is hollow when it comes to concrete policies. The only firm commitment is to impose a plastic bag charge on small shops ... Read more...
A former trustee of our sister charity A Rocha International, Rodney Green is one of the speakers at ‘God’s Earth, Our Mission’ on 24th February at Holy Trinity Church, Leicester (pictured).
Rodney was Chief Executive of Leicester City Council from 1996-2008. During that time, it won nine Beacon Council awards for innovation and excellence and became Britain’s first Environment City, first European Sustainable City and first major city to win the EU’s Eco-Management and Audit Scheme accreditation.Read more...