Churches Green Action – January news

Hello and welcome to our January ENews,
For those of you who are new to our ENews – We will include links to information and events that may be of interest to you, all in one email rather than many throughout the month, one part being general information and updates, the second being news of events / dates for your diary and the other part being links to useful websites. If you are a minister or administrator of a church and prefer to nominate a Green Champion to be your church’s point of contact then please let us know who that person might be…. and of course if you want to unsubscribe at any time simply reply to this email and let us know.
General info and updates
  • Do you use the Eco search engine Ecosia? Switch your searches from Google and fund the planting of trees!
  • The Church of England Environment Prgramme winter ENews contains a huge amount of environmental information and links eg re COP24 in Poland, Parish buying, and the EA question about whether a green church is a just church, also a lovely tribute to Martyn Goss who has recently retired – have a look at it here… CofE Environment Enews NoteIt’s not just of interest to those of you who attend CofE churches.
  • You have probably been following it as it happened, but if not here is an article about what
    was achieved at the Poland climate talks and what was put off until later. COP 24
  • Likewise Michael Gove recently announced new plans to reduce the postcode lottery about what can be recycled as well as introduce the new bottle deposit scheme. Here is a link to a BBC article on the topic waste plans Sadly these plans are unlikely to be introduced as quickly as most of us would like.
  • Looking ahead the Church of England Leeds Diocese have pulled together a number of sources for creation care Bible studies and teaching materials – it is attached for any of you to access and use in your own church; they would make ideal Lent studies
Some good news
  • PCGA were recently presented with a certificate and drinks coaster awarded to us by Surfers Against Sewage for our pledge to continue to reduce the use of single-use plastics – see photo attached and below
Some not quite such good news
  • It’s Christmas – I don’t want to include any bad news this time!!
Upcoming events / dates for your diary
If you are hosting any relevant events you would like us to help publicise please let me know in time for inclusion in the ENews
Don’t forget Plymouth’s Polar Bear Explorer is on until 3rd March 20 Polar Bear cubs have been let loose across Plymouth’s Waterfront. The cubs are hiding in Sutton Harbour, The Barbican, Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard. Each cub will have a Bear Fact with them, telling us about the Arctic and the oceans, how plastic is affecting their home and how we can all help.Your task is to become a Polar Bear Explorer and find each of the Polar Bear cubs with their Bear Facts
Sunday 13th January from 2 to 4 p.m.Friends of Radford Woods – Family Friendly Fun Event celebrating traditional activities with Storytelling, Wassailing and Morris Dancing at the Bird Hide, White Lady Road, PL9 9GA on
Further information can be found at:Radford Woods website
Thursday 17th January Unity Service at St Andrews Minster 7pm. A time for all congregations to gather together as one church in the city, meet some of the City’s new leaders, and generally fellowship and worship together …. this year’ theme is ‘Confident Church’
Tuesday 29 January 6:30 to 8pm Plymouth Green Book Club will be discussing the People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, which lays out practical steps we can all take to help halt destruction of species and habitats in Britain. Room 003 at the Babbage Building, Plymouth University. With guest experts Jason Lowther, Associate Professor of Law at Plymouth University and (tbc) Harry Barton, CEO of Devon Wildlife Trust. As ever the meeting is open to all and free. There is disability access. Ring 01752 588400 if the ground floor door is locked.
Friday 8th February, 7pm at  Plymouth Unitarian Church; PCGA evening with Ian Smith of Food Plymouth   – Faith, Freedom and Fairness – Plymouth’s Sustainable Food City Journey – an overview of the Sustainable Food Cities movement, outlining Food Plymouth’s journey in a background of creation care, health & wellbeing and social justice … 7pm, FREE entry. Fairtrade items will also be available at the event See attached poster which you can download to publicise the event in your own church
January to March – please see attached flyer to find lots of free adult and family events with Nature Plymouth – learn how to look after an orchard, build a fruit cage and much more
Information links
We will aim to only send you information once about a particular website that maybe of interest to some of you; you are then invited to subscribe yourself so that we do not duplicate information which can be off-putting
  • WWF are facing up to challenges such as the urgent threat of climate change. They are also promoting sustainable use of resources, helping us all change the way we live and working with business and government to protect our planet for generations to come. Only then can we all develop a world where people and wildlife thrive. WWF
  • Bio-bean is founded on the premise that there is no such thing as waste, just resources in the wrong place. Spent coffee grounds are highly calorific and contain valuable compounds, making them an ideal feedstock from which to produce clean fuels – like their wonderfuel’ Coffee LogsThey work within the existing energy and waste infrastructure to collect spent coffee grounds from coffee shops, offices, transport hubs and coffee factories, recycling them into sustainable and high-performance Coffee Logs
Wishing you all a happy and environmentally friendly 2019