GC Rainforest Fund – 100 Churches

Join other Christians, -showing  that Christians care about wildlife:-
– that nature’s diversity is precious.
– that we care that the wild species will still be there when our children grow up
– that we care for God’s world.

You can support wildlife projects of your own choice that save wildlife habitat, or one of the three charities recommended by us here. But please let us know if you have raised over £100 and we can add it to the chart

GC is seeking 100 churches to raise £100 each for habitat conservation projects  –   Could your church help?

The word “Rainforest” is used here as a symbol  for
any habitat of high biodiversity importance that is under threat
– including elephant corridors, mangrove swamps, marine nature reserves, etc 

Could your church have a fund raising event?

  • to save habitat –
  • or species ?

Please tell Green Christian. We will celebrate the fact by putting a link to you from this website

This page includes:-

  1. The need to save habitats
  2. Why your church might like to take part
  3. Which habitats?
  4. Which charities?
  5. Posters/flyers to print to help you in your church
  6. Which churches have taken part so far – is yours here?
  7. More details/FAQs
  8. What to do next

1.The need to save habitats

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  1. 1/4 of the world’s mammals and  1/5 of the plants are under threat of extinction
  2. Humans – have caused more environmental degradation – in the past 60 years – than in all previous human history put together-
  3. i.e. in OUR lifetime.
  4. Spending £1 to save rainforest from being destroyed can prevent 330kg carbon dioxide being produced – that’s one third of a ton – a better return on £1 for preventing climate change than any other way –
    …(
    alongside some projects to enable family planning/spacing where there is a demand but people are otherwise unable to afford it – e.g. Chase Africa)
  5. Species extinction rates are now 1000 times as great as the natural rate due to habitat loss 
  6. Loss of biodiversity is the greatest of the planetary boundaries

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Planetary boundaries according to the paper by Rockström et al. published in Nature 2009.[1] The red areas represent the estimated current state with the inner green circle defining the estimated boundaries.

 2. Why your church might like to take part

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1.) We want to show the world that Christians care about the gifts God has given us– and care that future generations should enjoy them too.

2.)  Biblical texts about the world and the gifts of animals and plants  show that it is not just a nice hobby to look after nature – but that it is imperative that Christians should look after God’s world

Genesis 1 – God saw that is was good. This is God’s world we live in, his gift to us. We owe it to him and to future generations to look after it.

Proverbs 31. 8 – speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves:- The trees and the endangered animals cannot speak. The indigenous tribes and poor farmers who are thrown off their land by rich plantation farmers have difficulty being heard. Future generations who would like to see orang utans, tigers, whales and other endangered species cannot speak

Philippians 4 v.8 – Whatsoever is good – think on this – The beauty variety and intrinsic worth of species of forest, sea, tundra and swamp is vast. .. as vast – or significantly more vast – perhaps as some of the material things we have to raise money for in our church buildings.

(See also GC’s downloadable leaflet with quotes)

3.)  New friendships and opportunities can ensue:-.There may be opportunity to invite conservationists and wildlife amateurs or experts to you church who are not members of your church.

 

3. Rainforest  or other habitats?

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We are working to protect Habitats of Biodiversity Importance, not just Rainforests.  However because “Rainforest” is a more succinct, colourful and emotive word than the phrase “Habitats of Biodiversity Importance”, we chose “Rainforest” for the title of the project.

4. Which Charities?

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GC can suggest projects to support.  We recommend:- World Land Trust, Cool Earth and A Rocha Ghana. 

If you support a church abroad, why not ask that church about conservation projects near them, thus increasing both their and your awareness? If you have another favourite “habitat saving” charity already, then please support that – and let us know when you have raised £100 (or more) for it. You might like to support Chase Africa

5. Resources- Posters – for this project

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2)  Posters:
  • Print as A5 handouts, back to back , or
  • Blow up into a huge poster.
    (Many printers will enable you to print your document as a poster made up of 4, 9 or even 16 A4 sheets which can be stuck together. Go into the properties section fro your printer)

 

Poster A .
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Poster B .
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2)  Leaflets:

  • Species extinctions – facts & review of Sean McDonagh’s book, printable as a  leaflet
  • Biodiversity – CEL’s Biodiversity Leafletpdf file – leaflet
3) Webpages-

4) Recommended Video:

  • Stations of the Forests – on Youtube. Use this in your church or workplace. High res DVD at UK Columbans+ work book – download booklet



 

6. Churches which have raised over £100:

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Date Church Event/Activity County
1 Jan 2008-pres St John’s Methodist Church, Settle Various. Coffee Mornings; Cards N Yorks
2 Jan 2011 Churches Together in Settle and District – Barn Dance N Yorks
3 Summer 2011 Eco-group at Clun Methodist Church Weekend Shropshire
4 Dec 2011 Hartley Wintney Christmas Card Tree Hamps
5 Mar 2012 Hutton Rudby Saving Habitats Quiz Sheet N Yorks
6 June 2012 St Edmunds Church, Roundhay, Leeds raises £600 for Ecuador Open Garden event with strawberry tea N Yorks
7 August 2012 St Ives Free Church, St Ives is aiming to raise over “£100 during the month of August – simply by asking each member fo the congregation to contribute £1 during August .. (by 21st August they have raised £98) Cambs
8 August 2012 Avenue St Andrew’s, URC Southampton raises £553 for A Rocha Ghana Weekend: Children’s talk in service; LOAF Meal, with speaker on chemicals obtained from tropical forest trees. Hamps
9 Summer 2012 Eco-group at Clun Methodist Church raises £100 Weekend Shropshire
10 Jan 2009 -Oct 2013 Settle Spinning Club (not a church but many members attend Settle Churches) Small donations in jar each meeting over 4 years have raised £200 N Yorks
11 Dec 2012 St John’s Methodist Church Settle  Coffee Morning -£100plus over £100 through selling Judith’s cards over the year N Yorks
12 Dec 2012 Hartley Wintney raise £55 for World Land Trust – then doubled by donating during “The Big Give”  In part by Christmas Card Tree Hamps
13  March 2013 Churches Together in Settle raised £110    A Fair Trade Fortnight Social Event 
 N Yorks
14  Dec 2013 The Eco-Group at Zion United Reformed Church, Northallerton raised £300 for the  World Land Trust Borneo appeal  Green Sunday Service and Christmas Card Appeal – Read about it here  N Yorks
15 4 March 2014 St John’s Methodist Church, Settle raised £120 including £25 from selling cards at the event.
Pancake Coffee Morning –   N Yorks
16 3 March 2015 St John’s Methodist Church, Settle raised £100 (sent to World Land Trust)
2015 Pancake Coffee Morning –   N Yorks
17 1 Dec 2015 St John’s Methodist Church, Settle raised £125 (including  selling cards at the event) Sent to A Rocha International for work in Ghana.
Coffee Morning –   N Yorks
18 2011-2015 Various Green Christian National events
Selling Cards and donations UK
19 2015 Churches Together in Eccles (£100)
Selling Cards  Greater Manchester
20 2015 Salford Methodist Circuit (£100)
Selling Cards  Greater Manchester
21 1 Nov 2016 St John’s Methodist Church, Settle:  £300

Coffee Morning: £155 and Associated Cards £145 N Yorks

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 Although we have 20 events/churches  listed churches listed- 4 of them have donated more than once! -i.e. only 13  different ones have taken part. Could you help?

7. Download doc file of Frequently Asked Questions about the project

More details:- Phone             01729 822138  webeditor@greenchristian.org.uk

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8. What to do next

What would you recommend doing next? Mean while do contact me webeditor@christian-ecology.org.uk and we’ll arrange to have a chat

You may also like to look at ARocha’s ‘Love Forests’ campaign

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cards-at-langcliffe-sale-2011NEW: Right: See some of the wildlife hand-made and limited-run greetings cards being sold to raise money for the Rainforest Fund. These cards are produced by two GC members: Mark Boulton  (Animals and plants in UK and Africa) and Judith Allinson (Plants from UK and Yorkshire Dales) to be sold in aid of the Rainforest Fund. If you would like a selection to sell please contact Judith Allinson. Click for more examples and details


2 comments on “GC Rainforest Fund – 100 Churches
  1. St Ives Free Church (United Reformed) would like to sign up to be one of the 100 churches raising £100 for CEL’s Rainforest Fund.
    During August we will ask every member of the congregation to donate £1.00 each, on the basis that everyone’s little can make a lot.

  2. Pradeep says:

    The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. (Ps- 24:1)

    Dear Brother/ Sister in Christ

    Greetings to you in the Mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I am Mr. Pradeep, working as environmental manager in a construction company. At the same time, I along with my dad working closely in sharing the word of God to the unreached communities. My dad is in full time Ministry. My mother is working with women communities in preaching the word of most high. God is using our family members in various ways. God has spoken to our family through his word and our whole family has dedicated to serve for His kingdom. As described in Matt- 9-37, Harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. We are residing in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh, in India, where in some Christian Missionaries, spread the word of Gospel in this region few decades ago and that’s how we were born again in the name of our Lord Jesus, we are dedicated to the care of God’s creation, which he created by his word.

    May I kindly request you to kindly adopt some of the activities being run by our church and together be a tool in spreading the Word of God. I also kindly request you to please extend your support and enable us to provide better living conditions to the down trodden people of the communities. Since, we are the responsible global citizens, according to Matt: 24-14. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. We really need some dedicated servants of God in this area, since the harvest happiness was evidently a favorite one of our Master. Please pray for our church and the communities we are serving and kindly extend your Love towards us. I request you to extend your prayers and support to bring revival amongst the youth and women. We would like to work closely with your church for the development of small deprived poor communities of our region.

    I had already integrated my profession with my dad’s church activities, since I had about 12 years of experience in working with various environmental impact assessment, for various mines, industries and infrastructural projects. I usually interact with the construction workers for their spiritual enhancement, by integrating with some ecological or environmental aspects. My experience is being very much useful to penetrate deep into the communities. Since I do want to implement some significant strategies in our action plan to penetrate more into the communities, and empowering them to meet their basic needs and relying on volunteer efforts. We have identified various areas, where by we can reach the various groups of people by the word of God, with different tools. I would like to request you for your kind help. I hope that you may kindly consider my genuine request to serve the Lord through the gift that God had given to the mankind, the Nature. I request you to be a part of our mission and be blessed. Your support is greatly appreciated.

    Thanking you.

    Your Loving brother in Christ.
    Pradeep Kr. Chedalavada.

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