• Sussex Anglicans get the green light
    January 12, 2015

    mark betsonSussex Anglicans have boosted their green activity – partly due to Dr Ruth Valerio’s recent work with the Diocese of Chichester.

    Ruth, who is A Rocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director, lives within the diocese. And she‘s been part of her local Diocesan Environmental Action Group since it started 18 months ago.

    Chichester’s Diocesan Synod recently approved a new policy as a result of the group’s work. In addition, Ruth has worked with Rural Officer Mark Betson (pictured) in talks to bring this issue into clergy training.

    ‘On their initiative, we’re planning a day in September to bring clergy and other interested people together to look at how to take “your” church through the Eco-Congregation audit, a scheme that is run by A Rocha UK,’ said Ruth.

    ‘Some of the day will be led by people in Chichester Diocese from churches that are already ... Read more...

  • ‘I don’t mind if it rains or freezes’
    November 28, 2014

    dozen dig for victory 2West Londoners brought some joy amid miserable weather when they gathered for a work party at A Rocha UK’s Wolf Fields scheme – to help transform this wasteland into a community garden.

    They were closely followed by landscape gardeners who then finished off much-needed pathways that will lead visitors to all the essential elements of the site.

    Despite recent rainstorms, more than a dozen supporters spent over three hours removing large bags of rubbish, cutting back brambles and clearing overgrowth at Wolf Fields.

    ‘Most local people came well prepared, bringing their own tools as well as food and drink,’ said Community Worker Kailean Khongsai. ‘Lunchtime was amazing. People chatted, shared food and exchanged contact details.

    ‘It’s encouraging to see so many willing to brave the winter weather and volunteer their time to serve the community,’ he added. One participant said, ‘We’re ... Read more...

  • Churches unwrap Advent
    November 28, 2014

    churches unwrap adventChurches across the country have been singing the praises of an online Advent calendar that’s kind on the pocket and the planet.

    Congregations from Enfield to the Isle of Man have been sharing news about A Rocha UK’s eco-friendly resource in their own newsletters and magazines – thanks to Parish Pump – the online treasure trove for church magazine editors.

    The calendar includes such tips as – how to choose a ‘happy turkey’, recycle Christmas cards, re-use wrapping materials, shop at charity stores and create candles that are kinder to creation. Each online window opens on a practical plan to soothe the seasonal stress on the environment.

    Parish Pump had been offering their subscribers extracts from A Rocha UK’s Advent calendar. And an increasing number of church publications have been snapping them up. The resource is available at – – ... Read more...

  • Double for damselflies!
    November 28, 2014

    damselfly tony dunnDamselflies are in distress. Along with dragonflies, more than a third of the UK’s native species are in long-term decline. But A Rocha UK – backed by the Big Give – can help reverse that.

    The Big Give took place on 4th December. On that day until 6th December, donations could be doubled as people gave towards dragonfly and damselfly conservation at A Rocha UK’s nature reserve, Foxearth.

    A Rocha UK have the unique opportunity to manage a ‘hotspot’ for these remarkable creatures. Without this management, ponds and wetlands will be taken over by scrub and trees, losing valuable habitat.

    ‘We’ll be able to provide a home for over 20 species of native UK damselflies and dragonflies,’ said Fundraising Manager Lisa Ostenson. ‘That’s nearly 50 per cent of the UK species!

    ‘Working with the British Dragonfly Society, we’ll conduct best practice conservation and ... Read more...

  • Westminster hears ‘agenda of hope’
    November 12, 2014

    andy lester at portcullis 1There is an affordable and achievable ‘agenda of hope’ to save the planet, politicians and journalists heard in Westminster recently (5th November).

    A Rocha UK joined Christians in Parliament, RSPB and Bible Society to host the panel discussion, ‘Can we afford to save the planet?’ MPs and media representatives packed out the Macmillan Room at Portcullis House for the event, which was chaired by MP Caroline Spelman.

    The panel included A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured), Professor Michael Jacobs from the London School of Economics, Lord Lawson of Blaby, Bishop James Jones, Dr Andrew Lilico of Europe Economics and Martin Harper of RSPB.

    ‘This is about saving not just nature,’ said Andy Lester, ‘but the entire system in which we work, live and dream.’ He added that people are ‘increasingly switching off to bad news’ – even avoiding ... Read more...

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