June 6, 2010
Churches across the UK are celebrating Environment Sunday on 6 June 2010, as the United Nations prepares a biodiversity report which will say that the value of saving "natural goods and services" such as pollination, medicines, clean air and water will be worth between 10 and 100 times the cost of saving the habitats and species which produce them.
The Sunday nearest World Environment Day (http://www.unep.org/wed/2010/english/) on 5 June is celebrated as "Environment Sunday" by congregations large and small throughout Britain and Ireland.
The action and reflection group, Christian Ecology Link (CEL), (http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/) has been encouraging church members and leaders to do something special for the occasion, and has produced resources for worship, prayer and practical response to a variety of pressing environmental concerns.
CEL was one of the first faith communities to become partners in the 2010 UN International Year of Biodiversity.
A leading world economist and banker, Pavan Sukdev, has been asked by world governments to lead a study on 'The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity' (TEEB) (http://www.teebweb.org), due to be published this summer, said: "The destruction of the Natural world was "a landscape of market failures, because the services of nature were nearly always provided for free, and so not valued until they were gone."
The TEEB study is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions moving forward."
Christian Ecology Link has highlighted World Environment Day and Environment Sunday events taking place in Reading, Bradford, Manchester, London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Yorkshire and across the country.