• Beacons of hope: Eco Church approves 1000th award as church wakes up to environmental responsibility

    Beacons of hope: Eco Church approves 1000th award as church wakes up to environmental responsibility

    A Rocha UK is pleased to announce that Hereford Cathedral is the recipient of its Eco Church scheme’s 1,000th award for creation care.

    The news comes at the start of a critical year for the climate, ahead of the UN COP26 climate negotiations scheduled to take place in Glasgow in November later this year.

    The scheme, which was launched in 2016, presented its first award – a Bronze level award to St Paul’s Cathedral in January 2016. Since then and even throughout the Covid pandemic, Eco Church has continued to receive award applications for Bronze, Silver and Gold award levels and offer practical guidance to an increasing number of churches opting to care for God’s earth. Sixteen churches have achieved a Gold level Eco Church award including Quaker, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed and Anglican churches. To become a Gold-awarded ... Read more...

  • A plan for Net Zero: good news after a rubbish year?

    A plan for Net Zero: good news after a rubbish year?

    Hannah Eves, Executive Assistant and Researcher at A Rocha UK, examines the government’s recent pledge to cut emissions by 68% by 2030.

    On 3 December the UK government announced a new and ambitious target for a 68% reduction in UK emissions by 2030. This target is one of the UK’s NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions) which are at the heart of the 2015 Paris Agreement and set out how each government plans to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has welcomed this announcement, and on 9 December, the committee published its sixth carbon budget setting out the policies and action needed from the government to reach Paris targets.

    December 2020 marked the fifth anniversary of the historic UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris, (COP21) which led to the Paris Agreement with ... Read more...

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