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posted 6 Apr 2018, 02:36 by Martyn Goss

1. ‘The Good Immigrant’ is the book under discussion at Global Book Club Plymouth at 7.00pm on Wednesday 11th April. See details attached.

2. Storing Renewable Energy in Homes and Communities. Thursday 12th April 4.30pm at the Bateman Lecture Theatre, University of Exeter. Click here for further details and to book a place (also attached)

3. Plymouth Green Book Club will be looking at Miriam Darlington’s OWL SENSE at the Babbage Building, Plymouth University on 26th April. 6.30pm (see attached)

4. DEFAN (Devon Earth and Faith Network) are organising an inter-faith visit to the Forest Garden and other appropriate venues at Dartington, south Devon on Sunday 29th April, under the theme of ‘Foraging, Forests and Faiths’. See poster enclosed for booking and other details.

5. Cornwall Climate Vision environment day was held at Truro Methodist Church on 12th March. Please see https://goo.gl/iTCUQa here for talks and other resources.

6. A Rocha has launched a Microplastics Toolbox to help us act against microplastics in our local community- whether we are acting as an individual, a family, a church or any other group. This contributes to global efforts to fight plastic pollution in the oceans under the Sustainable Development Goal 14. Please click here

Also Revd. David Ireson’s talk at Exmouth’s Hard Questions Café ‘Why all the fuss about Plastic?’ is attached.

7. Earth to Earth – a natural history of churchyards by Stefan Buczacki. From the earliest pagan sites to modern urban cemeteries, burial grounds have always enjoyed a sacred, protected status in the history of society. Consequently they have become tranquil oases in which wildlife can flourish – a microcosm of the natural habitat long since disappeared from the surrounding area.

In this new book, Professor Buczacki uncovers the wild animals and plants that thrive amongst the headstones, from the graveyard beetle to the mighty yew. He also explores the history of churchyards and the landscape, as well as what can be done to conserve them for future generations. Accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations by Felicity Price-Smith and selected quotations, this beautiful gift book reveals the natural secrets to be found in God’s Acre.

8. Please see a short Easter Prayer with reference to integrity and wholeness attached

9. In Devon there are an estimated 180 churches and church properties which are on a 100% renewable energy tariff, and a new deal from Ecotricity is hoped to be agreed in the coming weeks which will hopefully increase this. Meanwhile, the Big Church Switch news attached gives an encouraging picture of the national situation as we move towards a low carbon society.

10.             Final quote:

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

(Stephen Hawking)

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