Churches Green News


Hello and welcome to 4th ENews of 2019,
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General info and updates
  • ‘The environmental crisis is, at its heart, a spiritual crisis. The prophet Hosea looked around him and saw crop failure and famine, and recognised that this was caused by moral failure, including human greed and selfishness (Hosea 4:1-3). The God-man-creation triangle had been broken and every side was affected.’ A reflection from a recent Lent post by the Diocese of Bath and Wells
  • Here’s a great 5 minute animation by Professor Nathalie Seddon from the Nature Based Solutions initiative, showing how science alone is not enough to resolve issues like Climate Change.  You tube clip 
  • Friends of the Earth invite us all to take their Plastic Challenge – From shrink-wrapped carrots to over-packaged chocolates, they say it’s time to call time on unwanted plastic. Will you join them and take their plastic timer challenge – and put the spotlight on pointless plastic? All you need to do is time how long it takes before you need to use unwanted throwaway plastic and let us know how you get on. To get started, how long do you think you could last? Get started
  • PCGA Steering Group have been thinking that it could be cheaper if churches worked together to bulk-buy items such as recycled printer paper, toilet rolls etc. If you think you would like to look into this then please email us and we will put you in touch with others to see what you can do between you.
Some good news
  • Here’s news of how one Thai Jesuit priest has come up with a sustainable emissions-reducing way of growing rice Read it here
  • This could be good news if you / your church accept the challenge: This Lent, could you ask your local church make a divestment commitment and join the Easter Declaration for Fossil Free Churches? Operation Noah is organising a joint divestment announcement for local churches on Easter Tuesday (23 April) and is inviting churches of all denominations to join. Making a divestment commitment involves agreeing to divest (disinvest) any fossil fuel investments within five years or, if your church only has a bank account, this would be a pledge not to invest in fossil fuels in the future
Some not quite such good news
    1. Bumblebees: Rising temperatures force bees north, disrupting access to the nectar and pollen they need to survive.
    2. Whales: Migration, feeding, and reproduction necessary for survival are disrupted by warming waters.
    3. Asian Elephants: Habitat is disappearing due to lower rainfall and higher temperatures.
    4. Giraffes: In addition to illegal poaching, shrinking habitat and disappearing food sources threaten their survival.
    5. Insects: 18% of insect species will die off due to warming by 2100; if the planet warms 3.2°C, that number rises to 49%.
    6. Oceanic Birds: Rising waters threaten to submerge their coastal habitats and nests completely.
    7. Sharks: Difficulty hunting and lower birth rates threaten sharks as ocean temperature and acidity rise worldwide.
    8. Monarch Butterflies: Monarchs can’t survive without milkweed, now being destroyed by hotter dryer land often damaged by pesticides.
    9. Great Apes: With nearly 75% of forest cover at risk due to climate change, their habitat is disappearing.
    10. Coral: Sustained heat stress causes coral bleaching, an often deadly occurrence in which coral starves from a loss of nutrition.
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
  • Friday 22nd March is World Water Day. Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.This year World Water Day is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. For more information see their website
  • Friday 22nd March 7.30 – 9pm St Paul’s Church hall, Yelverton A Celebration of Wild Flower Meadow A talk by ecologist Peter Burgess of the Devon Wildlife Trust FREE entry but booking is required, reserve a place by Email:  For further information visit their website
  • 22nd March until 23rd April is Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean calling on litter heroes across the country to help improve the environment on their doorstep. The aim is to inspire 500,000 people to join forces – in partnership with community organisations, businesses and the government – to collect and safely dispose of litter from our streets, parks and beaches, recycling as much as possible. Maybe you / your church could organise a clean in your area? Find out more here
  • Saturday 30th March 8pm – Plymouth Unitarian Church invites you to take part in Earth Hour 2019 with them.  There will be a symbolic switching off of all non-essential lighting and other electrical equipment at 8.30pm.  The candle-lit hour will include  some readings on environmental themes, a prayer, some contemplative silences and a chance for anyone present to express their concerns and hopes for our home planet. They also hope to have some live music.  The lights switch back on at 9.30pm and then some light (!) refreshments will be available.  Free admission, all welcome. 
  • All over the world people will be switching off lights as a visual display of their commitment. For more information on Earth Hour please see the Earth Hour website
  • Tuesday 2nd April 6 – 8pm: Join us on a  tour of the MVV Energy from Waste plant at Camel’s head; This event will be FREE but we are limited to a maximum of 20 people so we do need you to register via this link Tour tickets. This is your chance to see what actually happens to our ‘brown-bin’ waste and ask any questions you may have about it.
  • Saturday 13th April 9.45am – 12.30pm River Dart Investigations using Citizen Science. Why not join the Westcountry Rivers Trust for a morning’s activities exploring the ecology of the River Dart at Dartington Estate? This is a family event but not suitable for small children (under 6) For more information see Event website It’s FREE but booking is essentialEmail
  • Monday 22nd April is Earth Day 2019 – see here to find out more about what Earth Day is about and what it aims to achieve. This year’s theme is Protect Our Species and there is more information about it, and how to get involved here
  • Thursday 9th May 7 – 9pm Wembury Marine Centre,Wembury PL9 0HP ‘Canary in the Coal Mine’ – Plankton form the foundation of marine ecosystems, and make useful indicators for large scale environmental change in our oceans. This talk will illustrate the challenges and opportunities for assessing these changing plankton communities within wider marine management. Free but must be booked here
  • Save the date!  Wednesday 26 June, join CAFOD at a Climate Lobby of Parliament, as they speak up to protect our world from climate change. Join them outside Parliament in London, meet others from your constituency and have real conversations with your MPs face to face, and play your part in responding to our beautiful, common home. They want as many people to turn out on the streets as possible to make demands heard. ‘Together we can create a noise outside Parliament that can’t be ignored. Together we can turn the tide.’ Tell them you’re going and they will email you details about the day and transport plans as they unfold. Register here
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
  • Here’s the websote of those who produced the brilliant clip earlier in this Enews Nature Based Solutions
  • Sustainable Traditions – this link will take you to their page about creating a faith-based community garden Sustainable traditions
As always, please do let us know any hints and tips you can let us have to share with others, and any relevant events for us to publicise.
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