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  • Comment: You, me and Trump
    November 18, 2016

    american-flags-1-1The whole world should vote in the US elections, because they have such an impact on the rest of us. At least that’s how the joke goes. With the election of Donald Trump, more people than ever would agree. If Trump implements even half of his campaign promises, it’ll be a disaster for the environment.

    NIGHTMARISH SCENARIO

    The president-elect has pledged to cancel US participation in the Paris Agreement on climate change, reverse Obama’s laws to reduce coal-fired power station emissions, abolish support to renewable energy projects and shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. That’s just for starters. It’s a nightmarish scenario that could well come true. So, what can we do?

    We should pray for the millions of US citizens who care passionately about nature. They’re grieving and fearful today, and need wisdom on how to proceed. We can hope the momentum ... Read more...


  • Splash out on a pond!
    October 31, 2016

    tbg-christmas-logo-02-1Generous supporters – with the backing of The Big Give Christmas Appeal – have just raised more than £15,000, exceeding the target to put in a pond at Wolf Fields. But there’s a chance to do more to make this a real wildlife ‘oasis’ for West London.

    ‘You did it!’ said CEO Andy Atkins, just after hearing the news. ‘Thanks to all our supporters and the Big Give Christmas Appeal, we can now build a pond at our Wolf Fields urban nature reserve. Our plan is to make a better home for hard pressed amphibians and enable more local children to have a great experience of nature.

    ‘We send a big “thank you” from all of us at A Rocha UK. The Challenge is now open until 12pm (midday) on Tuesday 6th December – so there’s still time to donate to our ... Read more...


  • Comment: Alien invaders attack!
    October 21, 2016

    asian-hornet-2-1I visited the Pyrenees with my family, and found a new species. It was the red-billed leiothrix – or Pekin Robin – from south-east Asia. It is a shy thrush-sized bird with scarlet bill, greenish back, blue tail, yellow underparts and a rosy breast.

    SIGNIFICANT RISK

    The song is somewhere between a nightingale and a blackbird. It added a splash of colour to a late summer day. This species was released from cages in north-east Spain in 1990, and has since naturalised in river valleys in the Pyrenean mountains. According to recent university surveys, they don’t appear to be having any negative impact on French wildlife. They add to the sound and spectacle of the mountains. So good news, then!

    Not so fast! The second UK record of Asian hornet has been confirmed, from a smallholding in Somerset. This species has had a profound ... Read more...


  • Make way for a green day
    October 21, 2016

    Every church can turn green – with a national celebration for the first anniversary of Eco Church. It’s captured the imagination of well-known places of worship.

    Churches are encouraged to use a green cloth and green liturgy for communion services on 5th February 2017. St Paul’s Cathedral (pictured), Canterbury Cathedral, Goldhill Baptist Church, York Minster, Romsey Abbey and Portsmouth Cathedral have said they’ll take part. Others are expected to follow.

    NATIONWIDE COMMUNITY

    A ‘Green Communion’ resource has been specially written by Precentor of Canterbury Cathedral Rev Matthew Rushton. Churches who don’t normally use liturgy can adapt the prayers and use them however they want.

    Worshippers will be able not only to download prayers but also to upload pictures of their services to the Eco Church website. This will create a mosaic of a nationwide community caring for ... Read more...


  • Eco Church goes deep south
    October 21, 2016

    david-morgan-1Eco Church is headed for the deep south – as A Rocha UK and Anglican colleagues join forces with Christian Aid and Tearfund to boost the scheme across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire.

    Hosted by Salisbury and Winchester diocese, these Tools For Transformation events will explore A Rocha UK’s award scheme and the Big Church Switch – and share stories from local church eco-journeys. The Big Church Switch encourages churches to move from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

    COMMON HOME

    Christian Aid and Tearfund were involved in launching Eco Church, which has drawn nearly 400 churches. Now those partners are working with A Rocha UK to help even more Christians catch the vision.

    A Rocha UK Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio and Conservation Director Andy Lester will speak at the Hampshire and Dorset/Wiltshire events respectively through November, January and February.

    Tools For Transformation can be ... Read more...



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