Peter Harris

  • PeterPeter Harris co-founded A Rocha www.arocha.org in 1983 when he moved with his family to from an Anglican parish in Liverpool to establish a field study centre and bird observatory on the Alvor estuary in Portugal. In 1995 the work was given over to national leadership and he moved to France where together with national colleagues he oversaw the establishment of two other centres while travelling to resource the growing global movement of Christians active in nature conservation. A Rocha field projects are now operational in nineteen countries worldwide. The story is told in Peter’s books Under the Bright Wings (Regent College Publishing, 2000), and Kingfisher’s Fire (Monarch, 2008)
     

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    Peter Harris :: What is A Rocha?Peter Harris :: What is A Rocha?

    Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha, explains that A Rocha is “working within communities to care for the place where God has put us and to be involved in the healing of places and their communities.” With such a praiseworthy goal it is not surprising that the organization has grown on a worldwide scale. “There are now 19 countries which are responsible for their own A Rocha programs.”
     
     
    Peter Harris :: What is the earth’s most urgent environmental issue?Peter Harris :: What is the earth’s most urgent environmental issue?

    “We are losing at least a quarter of the species on the planet in the next 40 years.” claims Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha. God called His creation good, and commanded us to care for it. Though in the past we have not done a good job of this, it is never too late to start. “In wisdom God made everything . . . it follows that in great foolishness we are losing it.”
     

    Peter Harris :: Why is the American Church so behind in Creation Care?Peter Harris :: Why is the American Church so behind in Creation Care?

    “Every culture and country seems to have its unique issues with engaging with the care of creation,” says Peter Harris, co-founder of A Rocha, “but particularities . . . here are the politicization of the issue and a suspicion of science in the culture.” It’s very easy for us to get caught up in the political and cultural debates of the secular arena and forget about the bigger picture.