• Prayer heats up over global warming
    November 17, 2015

    andy lester at portcullis 1Concerned Christians should pray for action for the world’s ‘catastrophic’ climate, says a leading conservationist.

    The alarm was sounded by A Rocha UK’s Conservation Director Andy Lester (pictured) in a recent interview for Premier Christian Radio’s The News Hour. He urged Christians to pray for the United Nations climate talks in Paris.


    A Rocha UK is part of a global initiative to enable Christians around the world to pray together during the talks. There will be a common hashtag #Pray4COP21, hour-long prayer slots and a pool of prayers to share.

    Quizzed about latest findings from the World Meteorological Organisation, Andy warned of ‘absolutely catastrophic’ affects on the planet as excess carbon dioxide, methane and other gases cause temperatures to increase.

    ‘We’re looking at between 2.7-3 degrees Celsius rise over the next 70-90 years,’ he told Premier Christian Radio. ‘There is a real opportunity ... Read more...

  • Bringing Advent down to earth
    November 17, 2015

    Wise men and women bearing gifts appear in a unique online calendar to bring Advent down to earth. They are clergy and conservationists – presenting specially written podcasts to promote prayer for the planet.


    Their ‘thought for the day’-style audio clips can be found on A Rocha UK’s Hope for the World website. The aim of the calendar is to equip and inform listeners about the United Nations climate change talks in Paris.

    From 1st December, each day brings a different message by such people as – Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel, TV presenter Peter Owen-Jones, Christian Aid chief Loretta Minghella, botanist explorer Sir Ghillean Prance and CAFOD director Chris Bain.

    ‘We have an amazing line-up of contributors. I’m excited about how this calendar can play a unique role in encouraging Christians to pray, reflect and act during the UN talks and the Advent ... Read more...

  • Sound ideas are shared for Advent
    November 2, 2015

    sound ideasChristians across Britain can plug into podcasts from a specially themed Advent calendar that mixes Christmas with conservation.

    A Rocha UK’s online service Hope For The World offers seasonal reflections by leaders in conservation, development and theology. They share ‘thought for the day’-style messages – and rally people to pray for the planet.


    Audio clips can be heard from such commentators as Christian Aid chief Loretta Minghella OBE and TV presenter Peter Owen-Jones. They apply hope to United Nations climate change talks, which take place in Paris just before the festivities.

    In his own podcast, Holy Trinity Brompton Vicar and Alpha pioneer Nicky Gumbel (pictured) calls the wider church to repent in this whole area. ‘When I looked at this subject, I realised there are things we’ve been doing that we shouldn’t have been doing in terms of the environment,’ ... Read more...

  • Your donations doubled – for free!
    November 2, 2015

    wolf fields rejoice 2Your donations to A Rocha UK have been doubled – at no extra cost to you.

    Supporters who took part in The Childhood Trust Christmas Give at The Big Give – the country’s biggest online match funding campaign – have raised nearly £16,000.

    Such generous giving will enable even more children to benefit from A Rocha UK’s education programme at its West London nature reserve Wolf Fields.

    ‘You did it!’ said chair of trustees Steve Hughes. ‘From all of us at A Rocha UK – thank you! This will boost our primary school events – encouraging more children to discover wildflowers, explore ponds and other habitats.’


  • Winners back Wolf Fields
    November 2, 2015

    wolf fields harvest 4It’s more than ‘harvest’ for A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields. It’s ‘boom time’ – as the project wins support from not just the community, but also a peer of the realm, schools, scouts and an award-winning garden centre.

    Surrey-based Crocus Nursery – who’ve scooped more than 20 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years – are supplying materials for the sensory garden at the three-acre site in West London.

    Scouts in nearby Uxbridge are raising funds for the project. Labour peer Lord Tony Young of Norwood Green attended a recent harvest celebration to boost the work. And local schools are supporting the scheme, too.


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