• Go for a greener Christmas
    November 7, 2014

    i'm dreaming of a green christmasA natural remedy for festive fever has been prepared by A Rocha UK – in the form of a ‘green’ online Advent calendar.

    Daily doses of environmental advice offer to settle those seasonal challenges – from the thorny problem of Christmas trees to the drastic plastic of shop-bought decorations. Each calendar window opens on a practical plan to soothe the stress on both pocket and planet.

    This unique resource includes such tips as – how to choose a ‘happy turkey’, recycle Christmas cards, re-use wrapping materials, shop at charity stores and create candles that are kinder to creation.

    ‘We’re concerned that households are clogged up with consumerism at Christmas,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio, ‘and it’s all at the expense of our immediate and wider environment.

    ‘Family breakdown, health problems and debt are the festive fall-out for ... Read more...

  • Half-termers’ Hallowe’en ‘horror’ hunt
    October 16, 2014

    screech in the night for webBrave young schoolchildren will be chasing after Hallowe’en ‘horror’ during a special half-term hunt this month (October).

    Owls – traditionally messengers of doom – will be the focus of an autumn playscheme run by  A Rocha UK. ‘Things That Go Screech In The Night’ will help youngsters see what owls eat – by examining their pellets! The one-day special takes place on Wednesday 29th October from 1-4pm at Minet Country Park, Hayes.

    ‘We’ll be searching for owl pellets, then dissecting them to discover what an owl eats,’ said A Rocha UK Environmental Education Officer David Melville. ‘That’s where we’ll find the secret to their future success. We’ll look at the owl population in general to determine how they’re doing and if there’s anything we can do to help.’

    Featuring a range of games and crafts, the event is aimed ... Read more...

  • Scottish blueprint for a greener nation
    October 6, 2014

    SAMSUNG CSCWhile Scotland was getting ready for its recent referendum, A Rocha UK’s Lisa Ostenson was helping to prepare a blueprint for the nation’s future.

    Head of Fundraising for A Rocha UK, Lisa assisted the Evangelical Alliance Scotland in the production of their timely manifesto What Kind of Nation?

    Published just ahead of the Scottish independence vote, the document offered 38 recommendations covering the four pillars of Scottish society – economy, family, civil society and the environment. EA’s Public Policy Officer Kieran Turner had invited various people to review the content. A Rocha UK’s Lisa offered input on the environment and steered the EA towards relevant policies and research on such issues.

    ‘Most of the suggestions are in line with the recommendations set by Scottish Environment Link, which is an umbrella body for environmental organisations in Scotland,’ said Lisa. ‘So it’s not a paper ... Read more...

  • Sussex church scoops second award
    October 6, 2014

    eco congregation award lewesA church in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, have scooped yet another honour as they help make their town a green ‘capital’.

    St John the Baptist – also known as Southover Church – have earned their second Eco-congregation award, the well-known scheme run by A Rocha UK.

    The plaque was presented by former mayor and now chair of Lewes Little Gardens Ruth O’Keeffe. Lewes Little Gardens is a group of volunteers who undertake litter picks, tidy-ups and plantings around the town.

    Ruth has been a champion for Eco-congregations since the scheme started. ‘I was very interested in the opportunity it gave to focus people’s minds on practical and environmental activities,’ she told the local paper, Sussex Express.

    ‘In 2005 I went on a tour of all the congregations in Lewes with copies of the original version of the scheme. I know ... Read more...

  • World marchers swamp city streets
    October 6, 2014

    climate march 9When more than 40,000 people swamped the streets of London and Manchester for the historic Climate March, A Rocha UK workers, volunteers and supporters were among them.

    A Rocha UK banners were lifted high as marchers walked from Temple to Westminster on 21st September, urging world leaders to act on climate change.

    ‘It was just one of 2,700 events happening across 161 countries worldwide,’ said A Rocha UK’s Policy Officer Stephen Drury, ‘and we were proud to be a part of it!’ These mass marches were timed to coincide with the United Nations summit on climate change, which took place the following Tuesday in New York. More than 300,000 took part in that city’s march.

    ‘It was overwhelmingly encouraging,’ Stephen said of the London march. He met with volunteers from A Rocha UK at a gathering point for faith groups in Inner ... Read more...

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