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Environment: A Rocha
How does A Rocha respond to the present environmental crisis?
A Rocha is an international Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. The name is Portuguese for 'the rock' – the organisation’s first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. With the ever-changing world that we live in there is much talk about 'the environment,' from climate change to toxic pollution. However, A Rocha believes that there needs to be more than talk; as a Christian organisation it believes that being different and making a difference is an important part of biblical Christian faith and something that they’re passionate about. A Rocha UK states:
‘If everyone waits for someone else to act, nothing will change. Our aim is to help you to do something practical as an individual, living in your local community, perhaps as a member of a local church, and as part of the global community.’
In all the countries where A Rocha works, the organisation is identified by five core commitments and to a practical outworking of each. They write:
Christian - Underlying all we do is our biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society.
Conservation - We carry out research for the conservation and restoration of the natural world and run environmental education programmes for people of all ages.
Community - Through our commitment to God, each other and the wider creation, we aim to develop good relationships both within the A Rocha family and in our local communities.
Cross-cultural - We draw on the insights and skills of people from diverse cultures, both locally and around the world.
Cooperation - We work in partnership with a wide variety of organizations and individuals who share our concerns for a sustainable world. To find out more about the work of A Rocha UK here.