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'For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease. Though its root grows old in the earth and its stump dies in the ground, yet with the scent of water it will bud and put forth branches like a young plant.'
Job 14:7-9
One tree can remove 1 tonne of carbon from our atmosphere over 40 years. Since 1970, 41% of all woodland species have been in decline. (National Trust)
Diary of a Young Naturalist
I recently read Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty a 16 year old schoolboy from Northern Ireland who describes himself on Facebook as ‘an autistic naturalist and author, campaigning for nature and a compassionate society’. The title of the book is an echo of the Seamus Heaney’s Death of a Naturalist and indeed there is a poetic cast to his writing. It is a fascinating insight into what it feels like to be a passionate environmentalist thrust into the public gaze when crowds, loud noises and even bright colours all threaten to tip you over the edge. Dara is amazing, he sees the world with such clarity that it sometimes overwhelms him, either with its beauty or the ugliness of what we are doing to it. He has an active following on Twitter and Facebook, a world I am reluctant to enter but you can find him there if you want to know more - or you can read his book, but please buy it from a proper bookshop and not Amazon! 
Chris Gibson

Click here to read Dara's blog
Why do polar bears have such large paws? Which Lion King character are you? Why are pollinators so essential? 
Click here to find the answers and enjoy some quizzes for all ages from the World Wildlife Fund!
What we can do
Recycle the plastic tops from plastic milk bottles and tetra packs by taking them to Lush where they are recycled to make the containers they use for their products.  
Rinse the foil tops from glass milk bottles and recycle them. They can be donated to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.   
Get in touch with Kathy for more information.
Contact Kathy
Too much stuff left over from Christmas?
Contact Freegle, Freecycle or Swapshop to find a good home. All operate in Lancaster and Morecambe. They are a great way to get stuff too, without shopping.
Contact Freegle
Contact Freecycle
Email Swapshop
Potato Day January 30th

Why not go along to Lancaster Market in Dalton Square on January 30th and buy some organic seed potatoes to plant in your garden. Maybe you have an old rubbish bin you could plant in if you don’t have much space. Check BBC gardening, or similar, for more info. (You can just buy potatoes to eat of course!)

Google says: How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can
1.    Drill holes in the bottom of the trash can for drainage. ...
2.    Add a layer of potting mix to the trash can. ...
3.    Prepare your potatoes for planting (called "Chitting"). ...
4.    Plant the potatoes. ...
5.    Add more potting mix as the plants grow ("Mounding"). ...
6.    Harvest the potatoes when they're ready.

Tearfund’s Last Blog of 2020

Tearfund sees the impact of climate change every day – communities facing disruption in weather patterns so they don’t know when to plant or harvest their crops, increased flooding, more intense storms. It’s heart-breaking.

Motivated by hope, Tearfund supporters in the UK and Christians all over the world have continued to speak to their congregations, write letters to government ministers, talk to their MPs, join rallies and pray in the face of this injustice. Working with others, since Paris we’ve seen:

  • More than 5,500 churches and nine cathedrals switch to a 100 per cent renewable tariff.
  • The World Bank increase investment in renewables from $200 to more than $800 million.
  • The Scottish government commit to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045
  • The UK government become the first large economy to sign up to net-zero by 2050.
  • More than 50,000 Brazilian Christians call on their government to protect the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announce a ‘green industrial revolution’ as part of his plans to recover from Covid-19.
We’ve also seen major progress in three hugely polluting countries in recent months: China has committed to becoming net-zero by 2060 and Japan by 2050; and Joe Biden as US president elect has committed to re-enter the Paris Agreement.

The Prime Minister announced, in December, that the UK will end public investment in new oil and gas projects overseas (with some exceptions). 
Spud Club Calendar on sale
Contact Kathy if you would like to buy the Claver Hill 2021 Spud Club calendar. They are £6 each.
Contact Kathy
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