Churches Green News

Hello and welcome to our 12th ENews of 2019,
General info and updates
  • A Christian Climate Action (CCA) group in Plymouth is now up and running; meeting fortnightly at Union Corner in Union Street. Next meeting is on Tuesday 19th November at 7pm. Join their FB group here Plymouth CCA are aiming to engage all local chuches in tackling climate change in various ways including encouraging all churches to divest from fossil fuels or become eco churches.
  • Environment Plymouth have again, unfortunately due ill-health, extended their competition sponsored by South West Water, to win a full size water butt for your garden or one of five Hydrao ‘disco’ shower heads that change colour as you use more water! To Enter the free prize draw ‘Get into Water’  simply make a pledge and say what you will do to save water – whether it is taking a quicker shower, or not running the tap when you brush your teeth, there are lots of ways to use less water in day to day activities, and remember, small changes make a big difference.  Play your part, and be Water Smart. The results will be announced at their next meeting on the morning of 9th December. Please send your ‘pledges’, the more innovative the better, to Jackie by email
  • #EveryTreeCounts – in Plymouth we are currently having every tree ‘logged’ (no pun intended) – each tree is being measured in girth, height and canopy spread; this will then give accurate information to help our planners know what needs to be done to care for those trees we have, and plan for more trees in the right places. #EveryTreeCounts is the campaign of the Woodland Trust who on 30 November we will be holding a mass participation tree planting day with events across the country. Join them in The Big Climate Fightback. For more information see here Or with Christmas approaching why not gift a tree (real or pledged) to someone who has everything they need already? Shop Plymouth Tree Partnership talks and events flyer is attached. See also information on the Tree Council’s National Tree Week 23rd November to 1st December.
Some good news
  • Some local good news in case you missed it…. wells are to be drilled along the planned Millbay Boulevard to help heat and cool future homes and businesses in Plymouth. Two wells will be drilled 100 metres beneath Bath Street as part of the Council’s push for alternative sources of renewable heat and to install infrastructure to help tomorrow’s builders, developers and homeowners do their bit. For more infomation see here
  • Could ‘invisible barcodes’ revolutionise recycling? Many of us struggle to figure out which items can be recycled while sorting our rubbish at home. Machines in sorting plants can have the same problem. This prevents many countries from achieving the recycling rates they would like, but new “invisible barcode” technology is being piloted which aims to fix the problem. The trial involves a consortium of some of the world’s biggest brands, including Procter & Gamble, Nestle and PepsiCo, who were brought together by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It’s not the answer of course, that lies in reducing how much plastic is produced and also how many different types of plastic, but it is a step in the right direction; it could be a while before it reaches Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre! To see more watch this short film
Some not quite such good news
Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’
The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists “We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.” There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.” The statement is published in the journal BioScience on the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, which was held in Geneva in 1979. The statement was a collaboration of dozens of scientists and endorsed by further 11,000 from 153 nations. Read more here.
How can we do little or nothing when we remember Jesus’ command to ‘Love our neighbour as ourself’?
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 18th November 7pm Lecture Theatre 2 of the Roland Levinsky building Election hustings with a climate emphasis – all welcome – poster / flyer attached Book your place
  • Tuesday 19th November 7pm, CCA meeting at Union Corner (see above info)
  • Saturday 23rd November, 10am – 3pm, Powering Change – Tamar Energy Fest, Butchers Hall, Tavistock. Drop in to find out about energy saving, energy generation, sustainable transport and more. See attached flyer or this link.
  • Saturday 23rd November 10am – 4pm Clothes Swap at Moments Cafe, New George Street – flyer /poster attached
  • Sunday 24th November, 9am Beach Clean at Teats Hill Beach; fo more information see here
  • Monday 25th November 6.30 – 8.30, Sustainability Hub, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA A climate action event arranged by a local residents,and Friends of the Earth; expect to get to know individuals and community groups near you, find out about solutions to climate change and workshop ideas to kick-start local action, and plan your community’s next steps. This is a free event but please book here or for more information email Ricky
  • Wednesday 27th November 8pm, Newton and Noss Environment Group – ‘How are local authorities responding to the Climate Emergency?’ Speaker John Green, Low Carbon Officer at Plymouth City Council – flyer / poster attached – more info contact Peter Brown
  • Saturday 30th November, 13.30 – Beach clean at Blagdon’s Meadow, on the Embankment. for more information see here
  • Saturday 30th November; Woodland Trust Big Climate Fightback; a day of mass tree planting. Please help to highlight the importance of trees in the fight against climate change by planting a tree in your churchyard, church school, vicarage or garden If you can’t plant a tree, plant a seed in a plant pot. When it’s grown sufficiently you can plant it out – good project for Messy Church? You can record your event on social media using #EveryTreeCounts
  • Friday 6th December, Holbeton Hall ‘Til the Coast is Clear’, fom 9 am, a South Devon AONB Partnership event. Poster / flyer attached
  • Tuesday 10th December,18:15 and 19:30 Lecture Theatre 2 of the Roland Levinsky Building – Clearing the Air: how should the energy sector respond to the climate emergency? Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK will discuss the energy sector’s response to the climate emergency. Michael has described climate change and air pollution as “two of the biggest challenges facing the world today”, and E.ON UK have recently launched their Clean Air for Business white paper. In this talk, Michael will consider where the responsibilities of the energy sector lie in tackling these challenges, and the wider climate emergency. Book your place
  • Monday 6th January 2020, Plymouth Green Book Club; Who Owns England, by Guy Shrubsole Room 003 Babbage Building, Plymouth University. Free entry For more infomation contact Alan Ramage
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
Devon Wildlife Trust has a whole host of valuable infomation on its website and currently is focussing on potecting insects, which are curently facing the lagest extinction rate since the dinosaurs. One of the biggest casualties and one that is least talked about is the devastating loss of insects; 3 out of 4 of all the crops we grow require pollination by insects and 87% of all plant species rely on pollination by insects and yet insects are dying out up to 8 times faster than larger animals and 41% of insect species face extinction. In the last fifty years, we have reduced the abundance of wildlife on Earth dramatically. They are asking everyone to pledge to take practical, positive action in their own home and garden to help. When you make this pledge you will receive two easy guides to help you go chemical free, and create safe and healthy homes for insects. If you opt in to receive emails, they will also keep you updated with further Action for Insects news and actions
Christian Climate Action – the Christian arm of Extinction Rebellion – ‘Christian Climate Action is a community of Christians supporting each other to take meaningful action in the face of imminent and catastrophic anthropogenic climate change. Inspired by Jesus Christ, and social justice movements of the past, they carry out acts of non-violent direct action to urge those in power to make the change needed’ – for more information please have a look at their website and subscribe if you want to…. and of couse see the infomation above about joining with the local Plymouth CCA group
As always, please do let us know any hints and tips you have to share with others, and any relevant events for us to publicise.
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