Churches Green News

Hello and welcome to our final 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. 
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General info and updates
  • Congratulations to Devonport Community Baptist Church on gaining the Silver Eco-Church award – they are only the second Plymouth church to achieve this – the other being St Edwards at Eggbuckland…. maybe more of us should be following their example? For more information on Eco church see here
  • Congratulations also to Ivybridge Methodist Church which has become the first local Methodist church in the UK to divest from fossil fuels – another example for all of our churches to follow. For more information on what it means and how your church can look at divesting see here
  • From the beginning of December until the beginning of March there will be the Polar Bear trail on Plymouth’s waterfront – Follow the trail for the chance to win some great prizes. Along the way, you’ll learn about how climate change is affecting the environment – and what you can do to help! More information here
  • Springs Dance Company offers a short dance theatre presentation ‘The Green Project’ which will stir up hope and inspire action on climate change and is ideal for church services, festivals, advocacy events and schools.
    The presentation can be accompanied by an introductory talk, tailor-made discussions and workshops, that will encourage people to reflect, speak out and take action to address the damage done to God’s creation.
    Contact Springs for further details on 07876 752 910, visit their website or email Springs. Celebrating all the world provides The Green Project shines a light on how we share the world’s limited resources with our neighbours both near and far, reducing our footprint one step at a time.
Some good news
  • By the year 2021, Costa Rica plans to be completely carbon neutral
For several years now, Costa Rica has run on entirely renewable energy for an average of about 300 days per year. Costa Rica is pioneering the future of running on renewable energy and may be the model for future countries to follow suit. In the last four years, Costa Rica has generated 98.53% of its electricity from renewable sources.
How? With its unique geography, forward thinking solutions, and commitment to sustainability, Costa Rica has used its rivers, volcanoes, wind, and solar power to generate its country’s power. To read more see here
  • 2020 is Christian Aid’s Year of prayer for climate justice
Christian Aid are unleashing a year of non-stop prayer for climate justice. You and your church can join together with people around the world to bow our heads and lift our voices to build a better world.

Their ambition is to fill every day with prayer for the world’s poorest people who have long been living with the impacts of climate breakdown. Families are torn apart by disaster, crops are ruined by drought and people’s homes are lost to rising seas. For many of our friends and neighbours around the world, further inaction is a matter of life and death.

We can still fight climate breakdown, and we can do it in a way that will also tackle inequality and restore creation. In 2020, leaders and nations will be making decisions that could set us on the path to a better, safer world. Underpin the year in prayer and help make climate justice a reality. For more information or to sign up see here
Some not quite such good news
Victoria Falls dries to a trickle after worst drought in a century
One of southern Africa’s biggest tourist attractions has seen an unprecedented decline this dry season.
For decades Victoria Falls, where southern Africa’s Zambezi river cascades down 100 metres into a gash in the earth, have drawn millions of holidaymakers to Zimbabwe and Zambia for their stunning views. But the worst drought in a century has slowed the waterfalls to a trickle, fuelling fears that climate change could kill one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions. To read more see 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 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
  • Wednesday 8th January, 8pm Yealm Yacht Club. Harry Barton (DWT) – A Brave New World for Farming and Biodiversity Post-Brexit – poster attached
  • Sunday 12th January, 2 – 4pm Wassailing in Radford Woods
  • Wednesday 15th January, 7 – 8.30pm, Global Book Club looks at ‘Climate Justice: A Man-Made Problem With a Feminist Solution’, by Mary Robinson – FREE event – see poster attached for more details
  • Wednesday 22nd January 2020 8pm Yealm Yacht Club – How are Local Authorities responding to their Climate Emergency Declarations?John Green Low Carbon City Officer at Plymouth City Council – poster attached
  • Wednesday Jan 29th 2020 8pm Yealm Yacht Club The Environmental Crisis Industry: (un)sustainable solutions and business as usual Dr Oliver Smith Associate Professor of Criminology University of Plymouth – poster attached (worth a look if only for the really clever pic on the poster!)
  • Saturday 14th March – Living Sustainably in our Modern World, 11am – 5pm, save the date for this conference of talks and workshops to help us overcome the barriers to living more sustainably, hosted by Emmanuel Church – more information to follow.
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
On this page of the Friends of the Earth (Scotland) website you will find several tips for a plastic-free Christmas. Of course the whole website has a lot more information which you may find useful – if you find it helpful then there is the option to subscribe for regular email updates.
Finally a Christmas thought…..

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.
Wishing you all a pleasant and peaceful Christmas, and a happy 2020
on behalf of PCGA steering committee
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