Churches Green news no6.

Hello and welcome to our 6th ENews of 2020,
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General info and updates
  • There’s a campaign happening to lobby for MacDonalds, Subway, KFC and Burger King UK to print the car registration on takeaway containers to help encourage less littering – if you think this is a good idea then you make like to sign this petition 
  • CCA (Christian Climate Action) members have been taking part in #NoGoingBackSundays in order to let our government know that we cannot go back to business as usual – a better world is possible. They would love for you to join in. Here’s how:
    1. Make a sign – A3ish size, saying what you want to make a green and socially just future.
    2. Make a stand – Wear a face-mask and stand alone or ‘alone together’ with others in your area (socially distanced) in silent protest with your banner. Remember to get a photo!
    3. Share your photo – On Sundays at 10am upload your photo to social media using the hashtags: #NOGOINGBACKSUNDAYS #NOGOINGBACK. If you don’t have social media that is fine, you can email them to: and we’ll be delighted to put them on our social media. You can also send them to XR to upload to their social media:
    If you are a member of the clergy please make this obvious by wearing your dog collar, cassock or whatever else is appropriate.
    Prayer has always been a distinctive of our non-violent direct action. As well as taking a photo, you could also make a short video (less than 30 secs) of you or others reading a prayer whilst holding their banners. Click here for an example
  • It’s been a long time since Plymouth Beach Clean’s last organised beach clean, and unfortunately, they do not know when they can resume because although the lockdown rules have been relaxed, now is not the right time to pick back up where we left off for a number of reasons:
    Ø  As we can currently only meet in groups of 6, it would not be possible to limit those who want to attend to 4 volunteers.
    Ø  Any accidents could put a strain on the Coast Guard or other emergency services.
    Ø  Events could also put a strain on the PCC Street Cleaning Team who usually collect the waste afterwards.
    However, if you have your own equipment and PPE, you could do your own mini beach cleans but please note the advice below:
    Ø  Individuals currently shielding, in ‘at risk’ groups, displaying symptoms (or in contact with those with symptoms) or have been directly advised to self-isolate should not litter-pick.
    Ø  Pay attention to the weather/tides. It is best to clean just before/at low tide.
    Ø  You may want to consider the timing of clean-ups to avoid times when lots of people may be around
    Ø  Tell someone where you are going and stay in mobile contact.
    Ø  Use your own gloves and a litter picker. Clean both after use before storing.
    Ø  Wash hands before and after and carry hand sanitiser if you have some.
    Ø  Stay at least 2 metres from fellow volunteer and members of the public.
    Ø  Don’t pick any more than you can put in your own bin at home.
    Ø  Don’t pick up sharps/syringes.
    Ø  Litter to be tied up in a strong waste sack
  • Some of you may be interested to watch this FREE film online: We The Uncivilised, A Life Story. Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a newly-married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, in search of the seeds of an alternative story, and with it hope for the future. Confronting the stark reality of our times, and the responsibility it calls forward in them, the film follows Pete and Lily on an intimate and life-changing journey as they discover a culture and people of land and place.
    Featuring conversations with grassroots activists and leading voices of the UK ecological movement, including: Satish Kumar (editor of The Ecologist), Polly Higgins (ecocide lawyer), Bruce Parry (explorer), Martin Shaw (founder of School of Myth), Jewels Wingfield (ecofeminist), Mac Macartney (founder of Embercombe), Simon Fairlie (editor of The Land), Peter Owen Jones (clergyman, presenter), Glennie Kindred (author and artist), and the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist). For more information, to take action, or organise a community screening visit
  • Operation Noah’s Bright Now report, ‘Church investments in major oilcompanies: Paris compliant or Paris defiant?’, calls on Churches to urgently divest from fossil fuels in response to the climate emergency. The report shows the gap between the business plans of major oil companies and the Paris Agreement targets, and is backed by leading church men in all major denominations
    Rt Revd Dr Rowan Williams,”this report challenges the Churches to take these steps as a matter of urgency.”
    Revd Michaela Youngson, former President of the Methodist Conference: “It is the poorest communities that suffer most due to climate change. It is time to move from dependence on fossil fuels and to commit to investing in clean energy. For Christians this is a matter of good stewardship of God’s creation and a practical way to love our neighbours.”
    Revd Dr Dave Gregory, former Baptist Union President and climate scientist: “This report shows that urgent action is needed on the climate emergency, and that the time has come for Churches to divest from fossil fuel companies.”
    If you would be interested in getting your local church to make a divestment commitment or encouraging divestment in your Church denomination, find out more – Divest your church step-by-step guide or get in touch with James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager
Some good news:
Precious Plastic Plymouth: a new innovative plastic recycling sheme is coming to Plymouth. It will be based at Plymouth Play CIC, Scrapstore on Union Street. They are thinking of this as a fun project to bring the community together, engage with recycling and plastic waste issues and get creative. Even better, this process can create high quality plastic products which can be sold. Luckily Plymouth Octopus Project, POP+, also thought this was a great idea and have given them some funding from their learning and collaboration fund to get going!
They would welcome help and advice from anyone with a knowledge of plastics, machine building skills, and design ideas. They would also like to engage with you if you would like to use this as a platform for teaching about plastics and recycling or as a creative tool. They will be able to design products, shred plastic, possibly create moulds and maybe even produce some creations without physically working together. If you are keen to be involved please send your contact details (email /phone no.) and briefly what would gain/contribute to Kate Crawfurd.
Some not quite such good news:
The fashion industry is historically responsible for enormous amounts of water consumption (32 million Olympic size swimming pools per year) and CO2 emissions (8% of global greenhouse emissions – and growing fast). Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally and the industry’s enormous waste creation is projected to be 148 million tons by 2030, covering 115 million hectares. By ending fast fashion, production of clothing will decrease and so will these environmental impacts.

Most of the work in the fashion industry is done by women and children, who live with safety and health hazards because of unsafe working conditions. Typically they only receive 0.5% – 4% of the final retail cost of a garment as salary. That’s why during Slow Fashion Season (21st June and 21st September this year) we are being asked to make conscious decisions about our clothes shopping;

Ø    Avoid buying anything new
Ø Try trading, upcycling or DIY clothing,
Ø  Buying second-hand and vintage
Ø  Supporting sustainable, local, small fashion labels who may be struggling due to COVID-19
If 25,000 people participate, we will save the equivalent of up to 750 million liters of water and 2.5 million kilograms of CO2 emissions and we will pushing to transform the industry.
Upcoming (virtual) 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
  • Tuesday 7th July 7.30 pm Plymouth Christian Action Prayer Vigil – socially distanced of course – please bring candles, masks and banners. For more information email CCA
  • Wednesday, 24th June, 2020 via Zoom 7:00pm to 8.30pm: Plymouth Christian Eco/Community Book Club “SAY YES TO LIFE” by Ruth Valerio, Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund Ruth will be taking part in the Zoom meeting to discuss her book.Chairperson: Michael Shaw, Minister at Devonport Baptist Church Please register for the meeting at here. Then on Monday, 22nd June, Michael will e-mail you the Zoom meeting ID. This measure is to keep the meeting secure. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern. For further information please contact: Alan Ramage
Information links
We will aim to only send you information once about a particular website or organisation 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
None this month – we all have enough to think about at the moment…
Finally I’ll leave you with this animated cartoon asking the question will Corona Virus save us from Climate Change? Spoiler alert – the answer is of course No!
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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