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September

Saturday 1st September 2018 Creationtide
1 September – 9 October
For the Orthodox Church 1st September is "a day of thanksgiving for the great gift of creation and of petitions for its preservation and healing". The Roman Catholic Church celebrates the Day of Saint Francis (second Sunday in October). In between these two days many churches will be celebrating harvest.
 Day of prayer for creation.
This is also the start of ‘Organic September’... a parallel journey? The Green Christian group encourages the use of LOAF (a useful mnemonic) so why not try to make church meals using Locally sourced produce; Organic where possible; Animal friendly and Fair Trade
 Anniversary of solar storm 1859
A solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would cause widespread disruptions and damage due to extended outages of the electrical grid. The solar storm of 2012 was of similar magnitude, but it passed Earth's orbit without striking the planet.
Friday 14th September 2018 National Quiet Day
Churchyards / open doors… follows ‘busyness’ of heritage weekend might be good to make that link as we open churches for both conversation and quiet! 14th September is also of course Holy Cross Day.
Saturday 15th September 2018 Great British Beach Clean
Try taking a little bag with to the beach to bring back non-biodegradable stuff... but litter picking as liturgical act can happen anywhere....
Sunday 16th September 2018 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer
2018 was the 30th anniversary of Montreal Protocol. Showing how concerted global action across the nations can help address human influenced environmental degradation… the theme for 2018 is ‘global heroes’, though a recent Guardian report revealed worrying signs that such progress is under threat in certain areas.
Tuesday 18th September 201812:15The crisis of single use plastics
GCEJN*: “Christian responses to the crisis of single use plastics”

A lot of people have been asking me what can be done about plastics almost as though this is a more urgent crisis than climate change?! The other day I heard there's an area twice the size of France of plastic floating in the Pacific. This is one aspect of environmental destruction that many people had overlooked until Sir David Attenborough TV series "Blue planet 2".

For our next, Dr Martin Hodson, a scientist, lecturer and Operations Director for the John Rae Initiative, has kindly agreed to speak about the crisis of plastics contamination followed by Q&A and open discussion.

There will be some time at the end for anyone working towards an EcoChurch Award (A Rocha) for sharing ideas and mutual support. Has your church registered yet? Please click here for a map of local Eco Churches: http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/eco-church-locations/

Speaker: Dr Martin Hodson, Operations Director for the John Rae Initiative
https://www.jri.org.uk/introduction/people/dr-martin-hodson/

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2018

Times: 12.15 - 1.30pm (come and go as you please)

Venue: 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.

These meetings are free of charge thanks to support by the Diocese of Gloucester. Feel free to bring a friend along. It would be good to know in advance but not essential.

best wishes
Arthur Champion (Revd)

championarthur@gmail.com
01242 870402
Friday 21st September 2018 World Peace Day:
“Peace is the fruit of justice, it can grow on no other tree”
 International Coastal Cleanup Day
For over 30 years, communities have come together to remove trash from coastlines and waterways including ponds, lakes, and rivers. Together, these volunteers remove and catalogue mountains of litter every year. Your community is invited to join. To learn more, please visit the Ocean Conservancy.
Wednesday 26th September 2018 260917 - opening of Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm
Britain’s first subsidy-free solar farm opened. September saw the landmark opening of the Clayhill Solar Farm. The farm has 30,000 solar panels and is producing enough electricity for 2,500 homes.
 International Day for total elimination of nuclear weapons
Achieving global nuclear disarmament is one of the oldest goals of the United Nations. It was the subject of the General Assembly’s first resolution in 1946, which established the Atomic Energy Commission, which was dissolved in 1952, with a mandate to make specific proposals for the control of nuclear energy and the elimination of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction. The United Nations has been at the forefront of many major diplomatic efforts to advance nuclear disarmament since. In 1959, the General Assembly endorsed the objective of general and complete disarmament. In 1978, the first Special Session of the General Assembly Devoted to Disarmament further recognized that nuclear disarmament should be the priority objective in the field of disarmament. Every United Nations Secretary-General has actively promoted this goal.
 Nuclear war near miss incident
Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the USA. He took the decision that they were a false alarm and did not report them to his superiors. His actions, which came to light years later, possibly prevented nuclear war.
Saturday 29th September 2018 Kyshtym nuclear disaster
The Kyshtym disaster was a radioactive contamination accident that occurred on 29 September 1957 at Mayak, a plutonium production site for nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Soviet Union. It measured as a Level 6 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES),[1] making it the third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, behind the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Chernobyl disaster (both Level 7 on the INES).
 Forest Stewardship Council Day
Forest Stewardship Council Day
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