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Eco Church

Eco Church is an interdenominational Christian environmental awards scheme for churches. It is run by A Rocha UK.

Eco Church provides tools to help churches weave their response to environmental issues into all they do.

In a time of unprecedented environmental stresses, Eco Church enables churches to respond to God’s mandate to human beings to care for His creation, by integrating environmental care throughout their church’s life and mission.

Eco Church was launched in St Paul’s Cathedral in January 2016.

The Diocese strongly encourages churches to join Eco Church. Join more than 3,300 other churches who are making a difference through Eco Church, including more than 150 churches so far in the London Diocese. These include two Gold Award winners, 10 Silvers and 48 Bronze award winners in the Diocese.

Questionnaire

Eco Church awards are gained by completing an online questionnaire. Any church can complete the questionnaire and print it out, without commitment or on a trial basis.

Registration

To enter any church for an award, it is necessary to sign up and register on the Eco Church App.

Registration and completing the questionnaire are free.

Targets

The Diocese originally set a target of 132 churches registered with Eco Church. By the end of 2022, we have aimed for a total of 150 churches signed up, including 50 awards. As of July 2022, we have already exceeded those targets – half way through the year. Well done to every church involved.

We have now set a 2025 target of 200 Eco Church registered churches, including 100 awards. By 2030 we want every church to be an Eco Church.

Eco Church awards

Bronze, silver and gold awards are presented to churches for environmental attainment across a wide range of areas, including care of buildings and churchyards, energy-saving, recycling, food and lifestyle, worship, preaching and teaching, engagement in communities and the wider world.

The first Eco Church award, at Bronze level, was presented to the Cathedral itself, by Archbishop Rowan Williams, after he addressed those present at the launch event.

St James Piccadilly and St Paul North Marylebone are our two Eco Church Gold award winners. This is a magnificent achievement, which deserves to be celebrated – and imitated! We now have award winners in every episcopal area.

London is doing relatively well, but we still have a long way to go.

Links

Churches and People
The Environment and Mission Action Plans.

Eco Church
Sign up
Log in/Register with App (churches already registered)
Questionnaire
Resources
Map, or on the App.

A Rocha UK.

Head of Environment and Sustainability.

Environment and Sustainability, front page.


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