Our Field Study Centre in South Surrey, BC is located at Brooksdale Environmental Centre, a 27-acre heritage estate located on the Little Campbell River and a 40-minute drive from Vancouver International Airport. It is roughly three kilometres from Semiahmoo Bay, part of the Boundary Bay Important Bird Area.
The Brooksdale Environmental Centre offers a three-month Internship Program over three terms a year (February, May, September). Interns are invited to apply for one or multiple terms, and participate in community life, receive quality teaching on a variety of topics related to faith and environmental stewardship, and instruction and experience in their internship concentration area. Internships are available in Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education, Conservation Science or Hospitality. Annual term dates, current rates, and program details can be found at the A Rocha Canada internship page.
To apply, please fill out A Rocha Canada’s internship application form.
CCCW Encounter Bursary Scheme: Care for Creation
The Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (CCCW) offers a limited number of bursaries each calendar year for a short-term placement in one of A Rocha’s field study centres outside of the UK (Canada, France, Kenya and Portugal).
Eligible applicants will:
- have personal links to Cambridge, UK
- be sympathetic to the Christian nature of the Centre
- volunteer for at least four weeks
- understand that any costs over and above the bursary would be paid by the applicant
- read and accept the full application process requirements from CCCW
First application round deadline: 23 April 2020
Second application round deadline: Autumn 2020 – TBC
To apply, we invite you to look at the current volunteering opportunities with A Rocha and fill out our online volunteer application form naming your top three choices. Please inform us in the ‘Why do you want to volunteer’ section that you are interested in this scheme and note details of your Cambridge connection. In applying, you agree to the full requirements from CCCW.
Taking on marine plastics
Plastic pollution continues to be a global problem. There are many ‘how to’ resources, but fewer that examine the role plastic plays in our Christian life. A Rocha’s Lead Marine Scientist Dr Robert Sluka has written a new Grove booklet called Marine Plastics which we hope will be useful for better understanding how plastic can play a positive role in healing our relationships: with God, each other, nature and ourselves. Copies can be ordered from the Grove Books website.
The booklet is a short examination of how plastic can heal or hurt relationships. Dr Sluka (Bob) examines plastic pollution considering biblical texts and the writings of several theologians, including Michael Northcott, Ellen Davis and Pope Francis. The epilogue looks at plastic in an age of Covid and broadens the discussion to Christian relief and development. The book points readers to A Rocha’s Plastics Toolbox for resources on how to practically address plastic pollution wherever we live.
Bob will be talking about his Grove booklet at an online event on 16 September. Register today to hear him speak and bring along your burning questions. Many A Rocha organizations will be conducting a plastic cleanup in September and taking part in the Great Global Nurdle Hunt in October. Contact your national office to find out what they are doing. If there are no events near you, perhaps you could lead one yourself and invite everyone along! Plastic is not the only issue impacting our planet, but it is one that we all need to be a part of solving.
Nurdles are tiny plastic pellets used as the raw material for making many of our plastic products. Photo: Benjamin Kelsey
Image of beach sampling by Jo Calcutt
A new member of the family in Sweden
We are delighted to welcome our Friends of A Rocha group in Sweden as an A Rocha Associated Project. Kristna för naturvård i Sverige (KriNa for short, or in English: Christians for Nature Conservation in Sweden) is helping individuals, groups and churches in Sweden to care more for creation and protect places for biodiversity, especially locally. Their Hyllie Park Gardens Project is a joint venture with the local church and adult education college and focuses on environmental education and the creation of a meadow, wildlife habitats and nature trail that will promote biodiversity onsite.
Through practical workshops and seminars, people are learning how to make bird houses and insect hotels, as well as finding out about environmental issues such as plastic pollution and how to live more sustainably. Local children and adults are enjoying trips to nature parks and church study groups are learning what it means to be an eco-church.
In time, KriNa hopes to improve awareness of and care for nature among the children and students at its partner schools and to increase their reach beyond Hyllie Park – positively impacting biodiversity and engaging with different churches within Sweden.
Welcome to the A Rocha worldwide family, Kristna för naturvård i Sverige!
Photo by Arne Mörnerud
New species to science discovered in Atewa
The Atewa Forest campaign was boosted last month by the publication of a formal description of a new species of frog, known only from Atewa. Discovered in the forest in 2006, for some time it was believed to be the Togo Slippery Frog Conraua derooi. However, subsequent studies have concluded that it is a species in its own right. It has been given the English name Atewa Slippery Frog and the scientific name Conraua sagyimase, which honours the local Sagyimase community that has helped its conservation. The Akan common name for the new species is kwaeɛ mu nsutene apɔnkyerɛne, meaning the ‘frog of the forest streams’.
One of its distinguishing features is its loud and distinctive call. A Rocha International is working with A Rocha Ghana and the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana to survey Atewa’s streams for the frog, using passive sound recorders to record their nocturnal calls. Read A Rocha Ghana’s press release and the academic paper published in Zootaxa.[Photo: Atewa Slippery Frog Conraua sagyimase by Dr Caleb Ofori Boateng]