Through the popular online service Parish Pump, church magazine editors will be able to download written extracts from A Rocha UK’s festive audio clips.
Each month Parish Pump offer editorial resources to thousands of churches across these islands. Part of their content in the run-up to Christmas will be the edited transcripts from A Rocha UK’s calendar.
The extracts will point to A Rocha UK’s dedicated Advent website Hope for the World, where leading lights from the realms of conservation, development and theology share ‘thought for the day’-style seasonal reflections – and rally people to pray for the planet.
Online audio clips can be heard from such commentators as former Conservative Party Chairman MP Caroline Spelman and Holy Trinity Brompton Vicar Nicky Gumbel. They apply Christmas hope to United Nations climate change talks, which take place in Paris just before the festivities.
Former Director of Kew Gardens Sir Ghillean Prance (pictured) – who has a long association with A Rocha UK – said on his podcast how he had witnessed firsthand the affects of climate change.
‘I see sea level rising in low Pacific island nations, plants and animals becoming extinct, birds changing their migration patterns and the flowering time of plants advancing,’ he said. ‘I also see that it is the poor who are suffering the most from the way that the rich world is changing the climate through overuse of fossil fuels and deforestation.’
Warning that we are ‘nearly at the point of no return’, Sir Ghillean still hangs on to hope. ‘I pray in hope for a positive result in Paris. I have hope rather than despair because of my Christian faith.’