I’m dreaming of a Green Christmas

A natural remedy for festive fever has been prepared by Christian conservation charity ARocha UK – in the form of a ‘green’ online Advent calendar.

Daily doses of environmental advice offer to settle those seasonal challenges – from the thorny problem of Christmas trees to the drastic plastic of shop-bought decorations. Each calendar window opens on a practical plan to soothe the stress on both pocket and planet.

This unique resource includes such tips as – how to choose a ‘happy turkey’, recycle Christmas cards, re-use wrapping materials, shop at charity stores and create candles that are kinder to creation.

‘We’re concerned that households are clogged up with consumerism at Christmas’, said ARocha UK’s Churches And Theology Director Dr Ruth Valerio, ‘and it’s all at the expense of our immediate and wider environment.’

‘Family breakdown, health problems and debt are the festive fall-out for many. A Rocha UK wants to help people reclaim the meaning of this special time and enjoy the true “peace on earth” of Christmas,’ she added.

The online Advent calendar will be available at – http://arocha.org.uk/advent – from 1st December. To fully digest this festive formula, people can sign up for reminders on Facebook and Twitter.

A Rocha UK is a Christian charity working for the protection and restoration of the natural world. It does this through conservation projects, ecological research, campaigning and engaging with churches schools, communities and individuals.