Last Green news of 2020

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General info and updates

Face coverings
Please can we encourage you, your congregations, friends and family to purchase and wear reusable face masks. It looks like we will be needing to wear them for some time yet but the disposable ones are already having an impact on our environment, seas and wildlife. Apparently, we are currently ditching an incredible 102 million disposable face masks a week and not all of them find their way in to proper bins
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Climate Emergency Toolkit

A great  Climate Emergency Toolkit went live recently. Tearfund (who have been a leading partner on this) will be launching it officially at the end of January. But you my like to check it out now, so that you can see how useful it could be to your church or other organisations. It is designed to sit alongside other initiatives like Eco Church and Climate Sunday, but may appeal to a different range of churches. The concept is for churches to join with other public organisations in declaring a climate emergency, making a plan and having an impact.
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Christmas Plastic – a recycling charity fundraiser

It seemed relevant to repeat this information from last month’s Enews….
It may be a bit too late to encourage you not to buy or use the endless bits and pieces of plastic that make up Christmas decorations, or the glitter that adorns cards. Many people simply have never thought of glitter as a very small piece of single-use plastic which inevitably ends up in the water system. But it’s not too late to encourage you to dispose of these plastic items carefully – please remember cards with glitter on cannot be recycled.

And a big opportunity to dispose of plastic sweet tubs in an environmental way and raise money for charity at the same time.
Last year DCW’s (Devon Contract Waste) Recycle & Raise campaign was hugely successful; they recycled over 15,000 tubs and reached over 250,000 people online! Having raised over £1,200 for Dartmoor Zoo last year, they have high hopes that this year will be even bigger and better!
Their chosen charities for this year are Dartmoor Zoological Park and Mind – a mental health charity.
What Can They Recycle This Year?

  • Confectionery tubs
  • Ice cream tubs
  • Cracker tubs
  • Milk bottle tops (plastic)
  • Takeaway containers (plastic)

Look for the number 5 or PP symbol on the container!

All materials donated to Recycle & Raise will be sent to their plastic reprocessing centre in Exeter, where they will shred the plastics and sell them on to manufacturers in the UK, to use in place of virgin polymers. All profits raised will be donated to the two chosen charities, Dartmoor Zoo and Mind.
The link to find local collection points is here  it’s not too late for your church to arrange to collect some of these things and drop them off for people who have no transport.

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How to make a pine cone Christmas Tree
If you haven’t got your tree yet, or if you just want to keep the children busy why not try this idea from the Wildlife Trusts….


Some good news:

The UK’s first sea-going electric ferry has set sail for the first time in Plymouth.
The e-Voyager is the result of a ground-breaking project designed to reduce the environmental impact of maritime transport on our coastal waters.
The vessel has been designed and developed by Plymouth Boat Trips and Voyager Marine, Cornwall in partnership with the University of Plymouth, the University of Exeter, Teignbridge Propellers and EV Parts and is now undergoing rigorous trials – including assessments of its emissions – before it carries its first paying passengers in April 2021.


 Some less than good news

Just to make you think…


Upcoming  events / dates for your diary 
If you are hosting any relevant events you would like us to help publicise please let us know in time for inclusion in the ENews

Thursday 7th January and Thursday 4th February each at 12.30pm on Zoom. Environment Plymouth will be kicking off the new year with three different plastic focused workshops – these are the first 2 which are aimed at those who are new to Plymouth’s Plastic Free Campaign which is hoping to recruit even more community groups (including churches) this year, To maximise your chance of taking part, they are running each one twice.. For more details or to find about the other workshops please contact Jackie Young

Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 6:30 to 8:00 pm on Zoom Plymouth Green & Science Book Club
Sustainable Transport Without the Hot Air: How to get UK cities moving again, by Steve Melia
We are delighted to have David Bricknell give a 40-minute presentation on this book, followed by 50 minutes for Q/A and discussion.
David Bricknell CEng, FRINA, BSc(Hons) is a Naval Architect and Engineer, a concerned environmentalist and a consultant in low carbon marine and other transport. Steve Melia’s book provided the framework for “Combustion free Mobility for Plymouth” which David wrote in co-operation with Climate Action Plymouth
“Sustainable Transport Without the Hot Air” questions the misunderstandings that have influenced politicians, transport planners, and the general public, asking: Are governments trying to “get us out of our cars?” Is better public transport the solution to congestion in cities? What effect would more house building have on traffic and transport? Using seven British and European cities as case studies, Sustainable Transport Without the Hot Air finds solutions. Interviews with political leaders, such as Ken Livingstone; transport planners; and campaigners, including Bill Bryson, reveal some surprising conclusions to remedy urban transport problems.
Zoom Meeting: Meeting ID: 962 7942 6859 Passcode: 384196

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 19:00, Wembury Environment Group and Wembury Marine Centre Till the Coast is Clear: Environmental conservation
Till the Coast is Clear is a Community Interest Company (CIC) striving to make the world a better place, one piece of plastic and one happy soul at a time. Go along to hear how they clean shorelines of plastic pollution using a special recyclable boat and a fleet of kayaks made from recycled fishing nets, all crewed by a jolly band of volunteers, from all walks of life. As seen on BBC Countryfile and BBC Spotlight. Booking essential via ticket source They also have a Facebook page where you can see future events


Information links

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Lewis Pugh Foundation

I would strongly encourage you to watch this clip and listen to the hugely inspiring talk given by Plymouth’s own Lewis Pugh at the anniversary of the Commonwealth Service in March of last year  – his talk starts in the 26th minute.

Lewis has his own foundation for action on oceans. You can read more here.including all about the most recent campaign ‘African Penguins on the Brink’The African penguin is likely to be functionally extinct on South Africa’s west coast in less than 15 years, unless we take immediate action….

And finally….

We would like to wish you and your congregations, friends and families a very happy green Christmas

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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About us

Plymouth Churches Green Action was founded in 2017. Our vision is for churches of all denominations in and around Plymouth to care for creation in five key areas of church life:
• Worship and Teaching,
• Building Management
• Land Management,
• Community and Global Engagement,
• Lifestyle
as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.
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