• Prayer Makes The News
    August 1, 2014

    prayer makes the newsStorm Petrels in Portugal, a new nature reserve in Suffolk, an award-winning church in Manchester and a creation care scheme in Nigeria are all featured in a brand new prayer service for A Rocha UK supporters.

    A quarterly Prayer E-News has been launched to offer specific guidance for prayer from A Rocha UK and the wider A Rocha family across the globe. Each edition will carry five brief updates backed up with prayer points.

    ‘It will be very simple, with a mixture of items relating to the work of A Rocha, and items relating to broader environmental issues,’ said Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio.

    ‘We want it to act as a catalyst to draw people together to pray – both for the problems this world is facing, and for the people working to make a difference.’

    So the first edition ...

  • Community Leaders Back Wolf Fields
    August 1, 2014

    community leaders back wolf fieldsA peer, a principal and a priest have joined growing numbers of West Londoners backing A Rocha UK’s bid to turn a former Southall drug den into public gardens.

    Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills Spokesperson Lord Tony Young, who chairs Norwood Green Residents’ Association, Wolf Fields Primary School head Sharanjit Gata-Aura and St Mary’s Church Rector Rev Jeff Payne endorsed the charity’s plans to transform the three-acre wasteland known as Wolf Fields into community space.

    They cut the ribbon on 13th July for the scheme’s open day (pictured). One of the special guests described the event as ‘a unifying message to all our local communities’.

    Together they supported A Rocha UK Conservation Director Andy Lester and Environmental Education Officer David Melville as a team led an action-packed programme.


  • TV Shows Promote Preservation
    August 1, 2014

    tv shows promote preservationWildlife programmes create conservationists. That’s the message from birdwatching guru Dominic Couzens in the latest edition of A Rocha UK’s magazine Root & Branch.

    Dominic (pictured) was responding to a question about the value of TV nature programmes, in an interview with editor Jean Morgan.

    ‘Where would the conservation movement be without TV documentaries,’ Dominic replied. ‘They’re of a consistently high standard and almost everybody loves them. At whatever level they’re pitched, they are valuable.’

    The biggest danger is when the programmes become ‘too gloomy’, he added. ‘I genuinely believe that, when people are moved to wonder, excitement and interest, they’ll automatically become conservationists.’

    A leading ornithologist and prolific writer of bird books, he addressed such topics as faith, ecotourism and climate change. ‘I honestly believe God has guided my career at every stage,’ he said, ‘and I owe every “break” I’ve ... Read more...

  • Strong Start To Foxearth Appeal
    July 2, 2014

    A deluge of donations has dropped on the doormat at A Rocha UK since the launch of the Foxearth appeal. ‘But there’s still a way to go to set up our own nature reserve,’ said CEO Mairi Johnstone.

    ‘So far it’s one of the best appeals ever,’ Mairi explained. ‘We’re genuinely humbled by the response – especially against a backdrop of a challenging financial climate.’

    The appeal was launched at the end of May, to raise funds for what is set to become A Rocha UK’s first ever nature reserve. Generous donations were received within the first few weeks, along with messages of support such as:

    – ‘we do hope this goes well, it sounds very exciting’;

    – ‘so excited to hear about Foxearth’;

    – ‘Foxearth…fabulous place!’

    After reading all the emails and letters from supporters, Mairi expressed her delight at the response so far for funds ... Read more...

  • Shoppers Urged To Look Behind Labels
    July 2, 2014

    july enews primark 2Shoppers should ‘do their homework’ behind high street brands to spot any darker themes in their ‘brightly lit’ stores.

    That’s the message from A Rocha UK’s Churches and Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio (pictured), after a Primark customer found what appeared to be a hand-stitched cry for help on one of the shop’s garments.

    ‘Don’t look and say, “I can’t do this 100 per cent so I can’t do anything – I’m paralysed”,’ said Ruth in an interview for online news service Christian Today. ‘Just do one thing – it’s better than not doing anything at all.’

    Cardiff shopper Rebecca Gallagher hit the headlines when she found a label – with the shocking statement ‘Forced to work exhausting hours’ – sewn alongside washing instructions in her £10 Primark top.

    A Primark spokesperson has been quoted as saying it’s an isolated incident. They ... Read more...

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