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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 1,500 other churches who are making a difference through Eco Church, including 73 churches so far in the London Diocese. These include one Gold Award winner, ten Silvers and sixteen Bronze award winners in the Diocese.

Our first Gold award winner is St James’s Piccadilly.

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 set a target of 132 churches registered with Eco Church — the first eleven churches, plus eleven more recruited by each of them. We quickly overshot our first eleven. We aimed to have twelve Eco Church award winners by the end of 2018. We did not quite make that target. However as of mid 2020, we now have 27 award winners.

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 is our first Eco Church Gold award winner (the fourth nationwide). This is a magnificent achievement, which deserves to be celebrated – and imitated! We now have several 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
Resources on the environment.

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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