Recently, CAFOD Parish Volunteer for St George’s in Taunton Doug Lowe, organised and ran CAFOD Celebration Masses at both St Georges and St Theresa churches in Taunton. As part of the masses, Doug gave away around 200 free pollinator plants and 45 home-made bee hotels.
A bee hotel ready for visiting bees
He and his CAFOD group also had people sign the CAFOD petition which encourages the UK Prime Minister to ensure:
- All government departments urgently bring forward policies to achieve net zero emissions. And go further, faster to achieve net zero emissions honestly, transparently and without caveats by 2045.
- UK investment overseas and at home is consistent with keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees. This should include stopping all new public support for fossil fuels overseas.
- The UK shows leadership by connecting the crises of poverty, environmental degradation and climate change, and makes concrete commitments to combat them at key international events.
Look at the posters the children from St Georges school have done on Climate change and what we should be doing to save our common home.
There are other posters called too called ‘Reimagine Our Common home’, with ideas, and another one where you can download an app – see what happens when you do it !!! Also at the back of church there are plants and bug hotels for you to take home to help our pollinators nest and lay their eggs.
And as a bee keeper, I’m keen to provide leaﬂets on Bumblebees and the biggest threat to our pollinators, the Asian hornet . The non-native Asian or yellow-legged hornet is an invasive species in Britain which if spread could negatively affect the wildlife already living here.
* Asian hornet (about 2x length of honey bee)
There are “Grace” dice as well to help you talk to others about what you could do to help our common home where you live. Why not have a coﬀee and chat after mass as well .
Finbar is joining others in London on the 26 June – see your newsletter for more info and join him . We would love your help in promoting CAFOD in Taunton so talk to us about this. Creation is of the order of love. God’s love is the fundamental moving force in all created things – this is what Pope Francis reminds us of, in Laudato Si’.
Thank you all and God Bless
*Interesting to note: The issue is that they eat honeybees. They are specialised honeybee predators and beekeepers are concerned. The hornets raid honeybee hives by sitting outside them and capturing workers as they go in and out. They chop them up and feed the thorax to their young.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is trying to prevent a nationwide Asian hornet invasion, currently through eradication of individuals and nests. But if the species becomes established in the UK, it is likely there is very little that could be done about it – Robert our wonderful social media volunteer found this information from DEFRA.