Brighten winter’s dark days – with the idea of attending our first-ever Nature and Discovery Week in the south of France.
From 10th-16th June next year you can enjoy exploring conservation and faith amid the beauty of summer and nature at Les Courmettes, A Rocha France’s centre in the Alpes Maritimes.
Overlooking the Bay of Cannes, Domaine de Courmettes is a biodiversity-rich nature reserve. Woodland, wetland and grassland habitats, working farms, marked trails, sites of geological and archaeological interest are all presided over by the soaring 1,248m Pic de Courmettes mountain.
You’ll be able to find out about the nature, history and working life of the estate on guided walks. You’ll have free time for visits to scenic villages like Tourrettes-sur-Loup or Gourdon, to the perfume factories of Grasse or to dip your toes in the Med!
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Environmental champions from all over the country descended on two major cities for our first ever Eco Church conferences.
At these unique events – one in London and one in Sheffield – people got together to explore the different ways their churches could take the next step on their Eco Church journeys.
‘It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm with which normal, ordinary people are grasping God’s mandate to care for the planet,’ said our Engagement Director Rich Bee, who was part of the A Rocha UK team hosting the conferences.
‘Great, too, to see such a willingness to share the ideas that work and commiserate with each other over the difficulties of bringing diverse congregations along.’
Both conferences were resounding successes. We hope to run similar events in 2018. At the London conference, Bishop of Kingston Rt Rev Richard Cheetham ... Read more...
You can work with an experienced leader – and a growing organisation – by taking up a nine-month maternity cover contract as Executive Assistant to CEO Andy Atkins.
A Rocha UK has a dedicated team of staff and volunteers – and shares big plans for 2018. A central role is the Executive Assistant to our Chief Executive Officer. He or she manages Andy’s diary and correspondence, runs organisational projects and events, and supports Andy in his external engagements.
Before spearheading A Rocha UK, Andy led Friends of The Earth, championing nature restoration and bold action on climate change. He previously worked with Catholic international development charities CAFOD ... Read more...
We’re launching a new programme! Designed to help individuals and families to engage with nature, it will be packed full of ideas for people to get stuck into – from what to put in your bird feeder in December to when to plant your tomatoes in the spring, to stomping in the autumn leaves (with or without children).
But we want your help!
What has helped you and your family to enjoy nature throughout the year? Which verses of Scripture do you read when you’re feeling ‘green’? Where do you go to find God’s glory reflected in creation?Read more...
Over the past days we’ve seen the majority of countries sitting down to COP23 – the latest talks on climate change. They come against a background of rising sea levels, a hurricane season of almost unimaginable ferocity and rapidly declining wildlife worldwide.
You’ll have noticed little substantive news from the talks. While there’s broad agreement on the need to reach the climate change target of under 2C, all the models indicate that without a radical global policy shift not only are we likely to miss the Paris targets – but also may be on track for a global rise in our lifetime of 3C or more.
A Rocha UK and other organisations have met with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe. ‘Change is happening now,’ she said. ‘Climate change isn’t something we’re expecting in 20, 30 or 40 years time. It is upon us. ... Read more...