PCGA news

Hello and welcome to our first E-News…. and a special welcome if you are one of our new Green Champions…. 

For those of you who have been on our email list for some time this maybe the first time you have heard that we are aiming to get a Green Champion in each church – someone who can be our point of contact, and hopefully also help their church and congregation to reduce their carbon footprint in various ways, without us clogging up the inbixes of your leaders / office staff. We have contacted as many church leaders / administrators as we have email addresses for, but if you feel you could be that Green Champion please do speak to someone in leadership at your church and put yourself forward.

We will be trying to regularly bring you links to information and events that may be of interest to you, all in one email rather than many throughout the month, one part being news of events / dates for your diary and the other part being links to useful websites and general information, but please bear with us as we try to find our way with this…. 
Upcoming events / dates for your diary
Tuesday 9th October 7.30pm Plymouth Radical Cinema film for October is The True Cost.  “This is a story about clothes”, the documentary starts, but it is so much more than that.  Just as fast food took over our kitchens, fast fashion invaded our wardrobes.  How did it happen? In ninety minutes the documentary juxtaposes the product and the process.  The camera jumps from glamorous European catwalks to the Indian slums in which those garments are created, and asks, who really pays? The film starts at 7:30 and is followed by a discussion for those who wish to stay. Here’s the trailerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaGp5_Sfbss This is their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/plymouthradicalcinema/ The Venue is the Devonport lecture theatre in Portland Square building of Plymouth University.  From North Hill it’s just behind the Sherwell Centre.  Doors are open from 7:00.  Free parking is available after 6:00 in the Babbage car park and on North Hill
Saturday 20th October, 10.30am, starting at Mutley Baptist Church. A21 Walk for Freedom to Plymouth City Centre. Join us as we walk for the millions enslaved across the globe – abolish slavery with each step! For further information and to register, see Walk for Freedom .
Sunday 21 October, 11.00am to 3.30pm Devon Earth and Faith Network  (poster attached) visit to a renewable energy farm home in the Teign Valley near Newton Abbot The day will consist of walks, talks, shared meal and reflections on the theme of Energy. Please bring food to share and thoughts of empowerment and resilience. Parking is limited but shared transport will be available from Exeter on request. Bookings and further details: joanie@exeter.anglican.org Tel. 01392 294940
Wednesday 24th October, 10am – 3.30pm , Devon Eco-Church Gathering, St Edward’s, Eggbuckland, Plymouth, with Bishop Nick McKinnell. A free day to share stories, ideas, hopes and activities for Eco-Churches in Devon. Booking essentialcontact Joan Harris,joanie@exeter.anglican.org or 01392-294940
Plymouth City Council have teamed up with Devon Wildlife Trust for various family events throughout the winter, including half term… please see attached information flyers for the various areas in Plymouth
Tuesday 30th October 7.30pm We have an Ethical Shopping talk by Simon Giarchi (poster attached) – this is timed to help us find a way to be a little more ethical through the materialistic nightmare that Christmas shopping can be. The event is generously hosted by St Edwards Church in Eggbuckland who are also providing light refreshments for us.
Tuesday 6th November, Plymouth Green Book Club, Room 003, Babbage Building, University of Plymouth. If ground floor door is locked ring 01752-588400. This month’s book for discussion is Isabella Tree’s Wilding: the return of nature to a British Farm. It is not essential to have read the book. Further information from Alan Ramage, menzalan@blueyonder.co.uk.
Friday 23rd November, Buy Nothing Day is the antithesis to Black Friday, when discounts encourage us to spend, often on things we don’t really need. ‘Buy Nothing Day’ arose from an awareness of the implications of excessive consumption for global warming and resource depletion, and the cost of a mentality of extraction and exploitation.
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.
  • Many of you will have heard of Change.org – see www.change.org  – its a petition website with many different petitions from campaigning for hedgehog highways to petitions about plastic packaging – if this is something new to you then perhaps take a moment to have a look and sign up for regular updates on what campiagns are happening.
  • The Quiet Garden Movement maybe something you may find interesting… https://quietgarden.org/ which nurtures access to outdoor space for prayer and reflection in a variety of settings, such as private homes, churches, retreat centres, schools and hospitals – and creates opportunities for people to experience silence, restfulness and contemplative practices, with regular quiet days and retreats being offered in many Quiet Gardens. There are over 300 Quiet Gardens worldwide. 
  • Butterfly conservation is obviously important and the Big Butterfly Count results are out…. see https://butterfly-conservation.org/ and sign up to their regular newsletter if you want to.
  • In the same way https://www.growwilduk.com/ is a website about all sorts of wild flowers, bees, etc…. for instance did you know that last Saturday 6th October was Uk Fungus day or that there are thought to be over 3 million different species of fungi? Again have a look at the website and either sign up for email updates or follow them on Facebook or Twitter if it interests you. And if you need funding for a wildflower meadow project in your churchyard? Then please see https://www.growwilduk.com/content/applications-open-grow-wild-community-projects-2019
And to end this first E-News on a positive note – what a great example this is – This Leeds Car Park Will Let You Pay For Your Parking With Recycled Plastic Bottles

Keep up the great work everyone!
Nicky, and the rest of the PCGA Team