Churches Green News

Hello and welcome to 2nd 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. If you are a minister or administrator of a church and prefer to nominate a Green Champion to be your church’s point of contact then please let us know who that person might be…. and of course if you want to unsubscribe at any time simply reply to this email and let us know. General info and updates

•Do any of you shop at Lush? It is one of the most ethical companies for soap, shampoo, etc. And now even better…. not only do they accept their own empty black pots back to be recycled and made into more black pots, but they also accept any other plastic bottle tops to recycle into various items. If you are as cynical as me you may have often wondered if all our plastic that we put in our green bins really does get recycled; well with this system we know for sure – it does! Technically it needs to be HDPE/Type 2 plastic, but that is virtually every bottle top from drinks bottles, milk containers etc. They need to be shallower than the tops on detergent or fabric conditioner bottles, and smaller in diameter that coffee jars. They ask that they are clean and have no inserts or metal included. Drop any of them in store or post to Freepost LUSH GREENHUB. NB the black pots are only accepted in store – do not post them please. •

This Valentine’s Day, you have the power to show the love for the places, people, and life you want to protect from climate change. From 5th – 24th February join hundreds of thousands of people in one of the biggest climate movements yet. Show your love for God’s creation by wearing a green heart and having a conversation with your church community, or with friends and neighbours about climate change. Get prepared by having a look at the teaching resource and ordering your FREE green heart stickers •Another great resource comes from Operation Noah. This four-part multimedia study series is designed to help you and your church consider what the Bible has to say about today’s climate crisis, through interactive group sessions, video interviews with leading Christian thinkers and insightful Bible commentary. This could make a great Lent study; for more information see Operation Noah; Tenants of the King or email them directly at Some good news •

Have you heard the good news about plans for Plymouth’s Marine Park – if you don’t know what that means then have a look at this short video clip: You Tube link re Marine Park and there is a consultation/survey online here: online survey but this is only open until 26 February so don’t leave it too late. Some not quite such good news •not bad news but just something to consider…. should we feed the birds in winter? The RSPB has a few pointers on what to give them, and what to NOT feed them … RSPB what to feed birds 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 •

Don’t forget Plymouth’s Polar Bear Explorer is on until 3rd March 20 Polar Bear cubs have been let loose across Plymouth’s Waterfront. The cubs are hiding in Sutton Harbour, The Barbican, Hoe, Millbay and Royal William Yard. Each cub will have a Bear Fact with them, telling us about the Arctic and the oceans, how plastic is affecting their home and how we can all help.Your task is to become a Polar Bear Explorer and find each of the Polar Bear cubs with their Bear Facts •Friday 8th February, 7 for 7.30pm at Plymouth Unitarian Church; PCGA evening with Ian Smith of Food Plymouth – Faith, Freedom and Fairness – Plymouth’s Sustainable Food City Journey – an overview of the Sustainable Food Cities movement, outlining Food Plymouth’s journey in a background of creation care, health & wellbeing and social justice … Here is a link to a taste of what is happening to connect people by food in Plymouth Thrive Plymouth 3 minute video FREE entry. There will be Fairtrade refreshments available and Fairtrade items will also be on sale at the event See attached poster which you can download to publicise the event in your own church Please note; parking is very limited at or near the venue, so allow plenty of time if you plan to travel there by car. •

This half term; 16 – 24th February; lots of fun events at the National Marine Aquarium NMA Half term Join scientists, conservationists and animal experts to take part in family activities, games and adventures in the centre of our Aquarium. Talks, feeds & shows happening daily •Friday 15th March 7.30pm : Christians in Science SW talk by Dr Anthony Hereward on Climate Change. At the Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University – free parking on campus and FREE entry; poster attached

•Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 25 February until 10th March this year. As a Fairtrade City Plymouth will be celebrating – there will be a Fairtrade Festival in the Clipper will run from Thursday 28 February to March 2 at the Clipper, Plymouth’s newest and most accessible venue for people interested in doing things differently. The Clipper is situated at 96 Union Street, in a former well-known public house – details are yet to be confirmed… look out in the local press….

Tuesday 2nd April: Join us on a tour of the MVV Energy from Waste plant at Camel’s head – it takes around 2 hours and we are limited to a maximum 20 people; 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. But if that date is not convenient to you you may like to join with Environment Plymouth’s tours (subject to availability) which are arranged for Tuesday 12th February or Thursday 7th March with reservations also available via Eventbrite. To book see 12 Feb bookings or 7th March bookings Note: All MVV tours are FREE 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

•Trees for Cities is the only UK charity working at a national and international scale to improve lives by planting trees in cities Teees for Cities •

Do you shop online? Most of us do these days…. well, if you aren’t already aware, your shopping can also raise funds for your favourite charity (or church) at NO EXTRA COST to yourself. Have a look at Give as You Live – it is even possible to add a prompt ‘button’ to your laptop to remind you when you go to any shopping or booking sites. The site collects a percentage of each sale for you cause – the percentages vary… eg Boots pays 2.5%, M&S pays just 1.5%, pays 2.5%, Amazon pays 1.5% and Ebay only 0.75%… but it’s all something for nothing for the charity you nominate.

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. Nicky, on behalf of PCGA steering committee Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @ChurchesGreen