• 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...

  • Labour called to be louder on climate
    September 26, 2014

    ruth at labour service 3Labour should ‘get noisy again’ about climate change, says A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.

    She was speaking at the church service that marked the start of this week’s Labour Party conference in Manchester. In their work of restoring God’s earth, A Rocha UK reach out to politicians of all persuasions.

    ‘With the General Election looming,’ Ruth told her audience, ‘I want to call on Labour to set out a strong stall on what climate action looks like.’

    While praising the party for past achievements, she urged them to make this issue central to its manifesto. ‘Climate action has to move beyond carbon emissions targets,’ added Ruth.


  • Sir David Attenborough urges faith leaders to fight for nature
    September 10, 2014

    Leading naturalist Sir David Attenborough has joined Christian conservation charity A Rocha UK and others, in encouraging faith groups to save nature.

    Sir David and A Rocha UK’s Conservation Director Andy Lester were both on the speaking team at the ‘Conference For Nature’ event in Church House last week (3rd September 2014) – which drew more than 250 people, including other experts from across the environmental lobby.

    Just before the event, Sir David urged religious leaders to pursue conservation. ‘From you and I in our own domains, from business magnates to politicians, and from farmers to faith leaders, everyone has an opportunity to save nature,’ he said. ‘With an increasing global footprint, mankind is intensifying the crisis for wildlife, but as individuals we can all be a part of the solution for saving it, too,’ he said.

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  • ‘Ash to ashes’ alarm over Britain’s trees
    September 5, 2014

    sept enews ash to ashesBritish trees are facing growing threats from an increasing number of pests and diseases, warns A Rocha UK volunteer David Curry, who’s been taking part in key talks on this issue.

    The latest menace is Ash Dieback (Chalara) in non-woodland trees. ‘Remember the Dutch elm disease devastation,’ said David. ‘As there are more ash than there were elm trees, this will be 80 times worse.’

    The Tree Council held a forum this summer on the impact of the disease. More than 70 delegates explored the latest science and began to develop local action plans.

    ‘Ash dieback is a new disease previously unknown in Europe caused by a fungus,’ said David. ‘The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and it can lead to tree death. The first cases were confirmed in Great Britain early in 2012, on ... Read more...

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