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CHRISTIAN ECOLOGY LINK PRESS RELEASE                         29 May 2010

Celebrating a Bio-diverse Environment Sunday 6 June 2010

1. Churches celebrate Environment Sunday on 6th June 2010 as the UN
prepares a Biodiversity report which will say that the value of saving
"natural goods and services" such as pollination, medicines, clean air
and water will be worth between 10 and 100 times the cost of saving
the habitats and species which produce them.

The Sunday nearest World Environment Day (5th June) is celebrated as
"Environment Sunday" by many churches :-

2. Christian Ecology Link encourages Churches to do something
special for Environment Sunday. Resources can be obtained from their
website :-

3. Christian Ecology Link is one of the first faith communities who
are partners of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity :-

4. Leading World Economist and Banker, Pavan Sukdev, has been asked
by World governments to lead a study on "The Economics of Ecosystems
and Biodiversity" (TEEB), which will be published this summer. He said
"The destruction of the Natural world was "a landscape of market
failures, because the services of nature were nearly always provided
for free, and so not valued until they were gone." :-

"The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study is a major
international initiative to draw attention to the global economic
benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of
biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together
expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable
practical actions moving forward."

The Church of St John and St Stephen, Reading, are holding a worship
service about Biodiversity on 6th June, using Genesis Chapter 2 as the
Bible reading, and wildlife objects as part of the liturgy. Afterwards
there will be a cycle ride along the canal and a church picnic. Joanna
Laynesmith said that the service would be a "celebration", "thinking
about biodiversity...but obviously considering the threats too". Part
of the service will be a meditation involving stories of positive
things people in the church have been involved with, such as
re-introducing red kites. Laynesmith's approach is "to encourage
people to keep trying" :-

Bradford Diocese EarthCare group are encouraging churches in the
Bradford Diocese to say a special prayer for Environment Sunday :-

St John's Church in Old Trafford is having a service with environment
songs and prayers. Then at lunchtime they are having a short talk on
why green is a significant colour in Islam (speaker : Sheikh
Awadallah). Then people will be cycling to St Clement’s, Edge Lane,
Chorlton, to hear Revd Dr Michael Northcott, Climate Change ethicist,
talk at 2pm.

CONTACT for St John's Church event :-
John Hughes
0161 872 0500

St John's Church is an Anglican church in Old Trafford, a richly
diverse faith community. St John's Centre seeks to serve this
community, and has joined up with the Energy Savings Trust as part of
their Green Communities campaign to address energy efficiency :-

CONTACT for St Clement's Church event :-
Ken Flood
0161 881 3063

"Climate Change: Myths and Morals", 6th June 2010, 2pm, St Clement's
Church : Professor Michael S. Northcott is a leading expert in the
field of environmental ethics. He is giving a public lecture followed
by a Q & A. This event is open to people of all faiths and none. This
is an opportunity to get behind the claim and counter-claim in the
media and hear from someone at the heart of the debate.

St Andrew's Church in Chinnor in Oxfordshire is celebrating
Environment Sunday two weeks later, on 20th June, and they will use
the moths they trapped in the churchyard the previous night as part
of Chinnor Environment Weekend :-

Bob Sluka

In Settle, North Yorkshire, Settle Methodist Church and Churches
Together in Settle will be going on an Wild Flower Walk on 6th June to
see some of the special flowers of the area
including Spring
Cinquefoil, Blue Moor-grass and Rock Rose. The farmer Tom Lord has
managed some of his limestone pastures very sympathetically for wild
flowers over the past 20 years and has seen an increase in Cowslips,
Early Purple Orchids and Spring Cinquefoil.

Leader of the Settle Wildflower walk, botanist Dr Judith Allinson
says: "It is vital to appreciate our wildlife and to teach children
-and adults- the names of common flowers so they can appreciate them
too. It costs more to restore wildlife habitats than to protect the
good ones we have left. Over 98% of our UK herb-rich grassland is
gone. One quarter of the world's mammals are under threat of

Judith Allinson
01729 822138

Settle Methodist church has been raising money over the past two and a
half years to support World Land Trust and other rainforest habitat

10. Further events will be notified on the Christian Ecology Link website :-

11. Advance Notice : Christian Ecology Link are organising a retreat
at Ringsfield Hall Eco-Study Centre in October 2010. 'Gardening in
Gethsemane' is part of the world-wide celebrations of 2010 as the
International Year of Biodiversity. The diversity of life on Earth is
crucial for human wellbeing and now is the time to act to preserve it.
For information on events, initiatives and exhibitions across the UK
visit :-

CEL Ringsfield retreat bookings :-

12. We are Churches in Transition :-

13. Photographs of events will be circulated after Environment Sunday.



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