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Plymouth Churches Green Action - December News

posted 3 Dec 2018, 00:58 by Martyn Goss
  • We are pleased to announce that PCGA is venturing into social media... our Twitter account is now up and running @greenchurches - please follow and engage if Twitter is your thing - and the Facebook page is also set up - you should be able to find it easily enough if you search for Plymouth Churches Green Action.... and hopefully on both we will have an Advent tweet/post each day
  • Some of you may have seen a blog in the local paper by Jane and her husband Mark - they have been trying to live a sustainable 2018 - have a read here Our Year of Living Sustainably and see if it inspires you as much as they have me!

Some good news

  • We are delighted to inform you that Environment Plymouth has won national recognition at the 2018 Groundwork Community Awards. (see attached article in The Herald) The ‘Plastic Free’ campaign was revealed as the winner in the Best Community Contribution to Environmental Sustainability at a celebration in the Houses of Parliament in London on 22nd November. This means a lot to Environment Plymouth which is still only two years old!  All are welcome to EP's meetings - the next one will be on10th December, 10am, the National Marine Aquarium – 'One Year of Plastics'
  • Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new eco-shopping bag (pic at the end of this email) that helps prevent waste and reduce poverty among people living in Haiti and the Philippines. Launched in stores on 6th November, the re-usable bag is made from 75% Social Plastic©, which is plastic waste that has been collected and recycled by Plastic Bank, a social enterprise seeking to stop ocean plastic pollution and lift people in the developing world out of poverty. For more information see  
  • 1000 churches across England and Wales have now signed up to A Rocha UK’s Eco Church award scheme. Using the free online survey and associated resources, churches are being equipped to take action to care for God’s earth, through their worship and teaching, the way they care for their buildings and grounds, in their community engagement, as well as the personal lifestyles of church members. If you want to know more please see

Some not quite such good news

  • The Guardian recently ran a very good article titled 'Soy destruction in Argentina leads straight to our dinner plates', on the link between deforestation in Argentina and dinner plates in the UK! And it seems the UK is particularly dependent on Argentine soya. In the year up to August 2018, according to HMRC data, just over 50% of all imported soya meal came from Argentina; 1m tonnes, worth nearly £300m. Argentina’s forests are being served up in European farm animal feed troughs, and on its dinner plates. 
  • Environment Plymouth working with Surfers Against Sewage are really needing help to get a third of our schools (as well as more community groups eg churches) to sign the plastics pledge with a view to getting Plastic-free City status... it is such a small pledge (attached) to just reduce 3 items of single-use plastic - if you can persuade your church or a local school to do this, please contact Jackie Young at

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

Friday 7th December  8pm Ashburton Town Hall More Meadows for Barn Owls - an inspiring talk by naturalist David Ramsden As seats are limited, please reserve your place now by emailing rose.moormeadows@gmail.comSuggested entrance donation £2, payable on the door.

Saturday 8th December - spoon carving course - Cost £20 per person 01752 823424  /  07900 792 033 or for details 

Plastic Conversion Therapy - Plastics workshops…find out why single-use plastic is such a problem and what you can do to help alleviate the problem. These workshops free and will have a seasonal theme including mince pies!  - you can book your place using the links below…

For Thursday 13th December, 10.30am to 1.00pm, at the Mayor’s Parlour, Devonport Guildhall please click below :

For Tuesday 18th December, 2.00pm to 4.30pm, at the Mayor’s Parlour, Devonport Guildhall, please click below :

Beach Clean Events 

Saturday 1st December, 9am Bovisand Beach Location: PL9 0AD - Meet on the Beach at the bottom of the Stairs

Sunday 16th December, 9amHoe Waterfront Beach Location: Meet opposite the Dome on the Hoe Waterfront, PL1 2NZ  

Saturday 22nd December, 10am, Jennycliff Beach Location: PL9 9RN, Meet on the Beach at the bottom of the Stairs for 10am start

Sunday 23rd December, 11amMount Batten Beach Location: PL9 9SJ, Meet on the Beach at the bottom of the Stairs

Saturday 15th December - Coppicing course - A practical day in a peaceful setting in the woods in SE Cornwall,  Cost £40 per person

01752 823424  /  07900 792 033 or  for details

Friday 8th February - PCGA evening with Ian Smith of Food Plymouth at Plymouth Unitarian Church - details to follow, but please put the date in your diary.

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

  • The John Muir Trust is a charity that was founded in 1983. They believe wild places are essential for the wellbeing of people and wildlife Their mission is to conserve and protect wild places with their indigenous animals, plants and soils for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information see 
  • SumOfUs is a campaigning website which describes itself as a community of people from around the world committed to curbing the growing power of corporations. We want to buy from, work for and invest in companies that respect the environment, treat their workers well and respect democracy. And we’re not afraid to hold them to account when they don’t. To sign up to hear about their campaigns and online petitions please see  

Lastly please let me wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas on behalf of the steering committee

Nicky Hatherell