08 June 2010
The Bishop of St Albans, the Rt Revd Alan Smith swapped
snacks for seeds at a Church of England secondary school today with
a summer challenge - get growing for harvest and don't take 'five a
day' for granted.
Encouraging pupils to learn what it takes to grow their
own crops - and do without their own snacks - Bishop
Alan said five portions of fresh fruit and veg was not an option
for children in the developing world most affected by climate
change, and the 2010 St Albans Fruits of Justice
Harvest Appeal could make a real
The appeal is supporting the Church of England's
Fund - Faith Moves Mountains -
helping communities in the developing world adapt to the effects
attributed to climate change. The Fund makes the case that carbon
emissions per head in Britain are a hundred times more than those
in Uganda, where flood and drought have both affected the Ugandan
people in recent years.
The Anglican Church in Uganda is helping communities to
adjust to these effects, which can mean that traditional crops and
foodstuffs no longer grow, leaving children there eating wild
leaves - far from 'five a day'.
Working with relief charity Tearfund, the Ugandan Church
is helping communities in Teso Diocese grow new drought resistant
crops or recover from the loss of livestock caused by the floods of
2008. Children are now going to school with lunch to
Launching the Appeal at Townsend CofE School in St Albans
Bishop Alan said:
"Our 'five a day' is a distant dream for many children in Uganda.
The Faith Moves Mountains Climate Justice Fund can make a
difference and can help us to take responsibility for our own
actions. After the disappointment of the UN Climate Change
Conference in Copenhagen last December, it is more important than
ever that we show governments that change is possible. This appeal
is not just about compassion it is about the church helping to
build a movement for climate justice."
An expert gardener, Bishop Alan also explained why some
crops thrive in different conditions and why picking the right
crops for the conditions makes such a difference. He illustrated
this with examples grown in his own garden.
The appeal will allow online giving through Just Giving
along with the traditional collections and fundraising
Hertfordshire nursery Ayletts donated seeds and saplings
for the launch
The Climate Justice Fund was set up after General Synod (July
08) endorsed the recommendations set out in Climate Change and
Human Security:Challenging an Environment of Injustice
podcast featuring the Bishop of Oxford talking about the
Climate Justice Fund is available