Churches Green News

Hello and welcome to 5th ENews of 2019,
For those of you who are new to our ENews – We aim to send you information and events that may be of interest to you, all in one email rather than many throughout each 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. 
General info and updates
  • Borrow Don’t Buy…. is a library of things in Plymouth; like a normal library, but with things instead of books! All the sorts of things we all need from time to time. Perhaps you’re doing some DIY and need a drill or a 5m extension cable? Maybe you’re having friends over and you’d like a projector to watch a film on or a candyfloss maker? Or you’ve got errands to run and could do with an electric bike to get around town or even a 2-seater bike trailer? There are all  sorts of things you can find at Borrow Don’t Buy! There’s a repair cafe too! See here for more details
  • Environment Plymouth is a network of organisations dedicated to making Plymouth greener; it is open to all whether as an organisation or an individual. As well as their Facebook page they now have a Twitter handle @EnvironmentPlym and a website should be coming soon. For more information email
  • The Great British Spring Clean is well underway, but there are just a few more ‘cleans’ planned – see here for where and when.
  • Our tour of the MVV Energy from Waste plant (aka the incinerator) went very well – 16 of us were shown around the huge building which disposes of non-recyclable waste from Plymouth and the surrounding area, turning our rubbish into electric. If you couldn’t make it but would like to go, please let us know (reply to this email) then if we get enough names we will hopefully be able to arrange another visit.
Some good news
  • If you missed last month’s talk on A Christian view of Climate Change by Dr Antony Hereward, which was described as one of the most personally-applicable talks Christians in Science SW has ever had, then the good news is you can listen to it here
Some not quite such good news
  • ‘Climate change is real’. If you haven’t listened to 16 year old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg’s Ted talk about the urgency we must all face up to then please please listen – this girl is incredible – she talks from the heart without notes and no umms and ahhs and she’s not even speaking in her native language – amazing. Listen here
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
  • 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
  • Wednesday 24th April 7pmThe Friends of Radford Woods meeting at the Bird Hide, next to the Community Orchard in White Lady Road, PL9 9GA. All welcome to find out more about the Woods and their management
  • Tuesday 7th May 2019 from 6.30pm Radford Park Arboretum, Coffee Evening at The Beckly Centre, Mayers Way, Hooe Road, Plymstock, PL9 9DF
  • 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
  • Saturday 18th May 2pm A visit to All Saints Church, Okehampton. PCGA have arranged a guided tour around the churchyard followed by light refreshments – contact David Curry to book your place. Pease note although this event is free, it will not take place unless a minimum number of 10 people are going, so booking is essential.
  • Thursday 23rd May 6:30 to 8:00pm Plymouth Green Book Club will be discussing “OUR PLACE  Can We Save Britain’s Wildlife Before It Is Too Late?” by Mark Cocker. Guest expert, Harry Barton, CEO of Devon Wildlife Trust in room 115 Rolle Building, Plymouth University. All are welcome to this free event and it is not essential to have read any or all of the book. For further information contact Alan Ramage
  • Save the date!  Wednesday 26 June, join CAFOD (and many other organisations of course) 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 CAFOD 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
  • As the holiday season approaches and we think about spending some time away, maybe have a look at calculating your household carbon footprint at Climate Stewards, and think about offsetting part or all of your carbon emissions to help people whose lives are being impacted by climate change. And even if you are not planning a holiday, well this is still for you – you can still calculate your carbon footprint.
  • An alternative website for calculating your carbon footprint, which also has an app available, is Global Footprint Network
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.
on behalf of PCGA steering committee
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