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Saturday 2nd February 2019 World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2 February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Since 1997, the Ramsar Secretariat provides outreach materials to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. “Wetlands that help us cope with extreme weather events” was the theme of the Wetlands Youth Photo contest, organized by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands from 2 February to 2 March 2017. Due to climate change, extreme weather events such as storms, floods and droughts are on the increase. When well-managed, healthy wetlands absorb and store excess rainfall and store it for the dry season, which helps communities cope with extreme weather events protecting them from disasters
Tuesday 12th February 2019 Sister Dorothy Stang - anniversary of her murder
She began her ministry in Brazil in 1966, in Coroatá, Maranhão. Stang dedicated her life to defending the Brazilian rainforest from depletion from agriculture. She worked as an advocate for the rural poor beginning in the early 1970s, helping peasants make a living by farming small plots and extracting forest products without deforestation. She also sought to protect peasants from criminal gangs working on behalf of ranchers who were after their plots. Dot, as she was called by her family, friends and most locals in Brazil, is often pictured wearing a T-shirt with the slogan, "A Morte da floresta é o fim da nossa vida" which is Portuguese for "The Death of the Forest is the End of Our Lives".
Wednesday 13th February 2019 Du Pont pay $671 million to settle thousands of lawsuits
Du Poet and its subsidiary settled about 3,550 personal injury claims arising from the leak of perfluorooctanoic acid, which is also known as PFOA or C-8, from its plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The leak allegedly contaminated local water supplies and has been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers.Leaked internal company documents revealed that DuPont knew about the dangers of PFOA as far back as 1961, and knew in 1984 that the chemical was present in the local water supply and being emitted in dust from the factory chimneys, yet did not disclose this to workers or the surrounding public.
Thursday 14th February 2019 1950 - world''s first ever loss of a nuclear weapon
Convair B-36B aircraft crashed in northern British Columbia after jettisoning a Mark 4 nuclear bomb
Friday 15th February 201912:15GCEJN: Christian mission through caring for creation
Greetings! Soon after our last meeting I was delighted to learn that the Bishop of Tewkesbury (Rt Revd Robert Springett) had spent the afternoon helping Pauline Farman to pick up litter alongside some Cotswold roads and country lanes near Cirencester - what a great role model. This gave me the idea of asking Bishop Robert whether he would be able to speak at one of our meetings. Sure enough he’s kindly agreed to participate in our next meeting! Speaker: The Bishop of Tewkesbury Subject: “Christian mission through caring for creation” (the Five Marks of Mission and how they all relate to one another Date: Friday 15th February 2019 Time: 12.15 - 1.30pm Location: The Jerusalem Room, Department of Mission and Ministry, No 4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR Getting there: Gloucester has good options for using public transport. Cycle hoops have recently been installed in the newly created public green space in front of the cathedral. There are several car parks within a five-minute walk. Please bring your own sandwiches and there are facilities for making tea/coffee. EcoChurch Award: There will be some time at the end for anyone working towards an EcoChurch Award (A Rocha) for sharing ideas and mutual support. Congratulations to the parish church of St Lawrence at Lechlade that’s recently received a Bronze Award! Meetings are free of charge thanks to support by the Diocese of Gloucester. Please bring a friend along if you like. It would be good to know in advance but not essential. best wishes Arthur Champion (Revd) - Tel: 01242 870402 - New Rectory, Cowley Parish ministry and Caring for creation
Tuesday 19th February 2019 Torrey Canyon anniversary
The Torrey Canyon oil spill, off the south-west coast of the United Kingdom on 19 February 1967, is one of the world's most serious oil spills. Attempts to mitigate the damage included the bombing of the wreck by aircraft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. Hundreds of miles of coastline in Britain, France, Guernsey, and Spain were affected
Wednesday 27th February 2019 International Polar Bear Day
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