A Rocha – a Christian environmental charity. 

How does A Rocha respond to the present environmental crisis.

A Rocha is an international Christian environmental and nature conservation movement. The name is Portuguese for ‘the rock’ – the organisation’s first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal.

With the ever changing world that we live in there is much talk about ‘the environment’ – from climate change to toxic pollution. However A Rocha believes that there needs to be more than talk; as a Christian organisation it believes that being different and making a difference is an important part of biblical Christian faith and something that they’re passionate about. 

A Rocha UK states:

‘If everyone waits for someone else to act, nothing will change. Our aim is to help you to do something practical as an individual, living in your local community, perhaps as a member of a local church, and as part of the global community.’

In all the countries where A Rocha works, the organisation is identified by five core commitments and to a practical outworking of each. They write:

Christian – Underlying all we do is our biblical faith in the living God, who made the world, loves it and entrusts it to the care of human society.

Conservation – We carry out research for the conservation and restoration of the natural world and run environmental education programmes for people of all ages.

Community – Through our commitment to God, each other and the wider creation, we aim to develop good relationships both within the A Rocha family and in our local communities.

Cross-cultural – We draw on the insights and skills of people from diverse cultures, both locally and around the world.

Cooperation – We work in partnership with a wide variety of organizations and individuals who share our concerns for a sustainable world.