In 2021 St Mary’s Church made the decision to take a more proactive role in protecting our environment and as part of this we signed up for the A Rocha Eco Church Awards.
During this time we are working towards our Bronze award but wanted to share what we have done, what we are aiming to do, and share how you can make changes on a personal level.
Eco Church is an environmental award scheme for Churches in England and Wales run by A Rocha, a Christian organisation engaging communities in nature and conservation.
There are three award levels - Bronze, Silver & Gold. Participation in the scheme is actively encouraged by the Church of England.
Here is a list of the changes we have already made :Calculated our carbon footprint and committed to reduce this
Switched to eco-friendly products including toilet rolls, cleaning products and recycled paper
Using Fair-trade tea, coffee and sugar
Encouraging wildlife and flowers in the churchyard
Installed rainwater collection to use for watering plants
Sharing the importance of conservation in services
Supporting environmental charities, local and international
Built a Bug-Church & hedgehog home to encourage local wildlife
Use ‘LOAF’ products when able (Local, Organic, Animal Friendly, Fair-trade)
Have any of these suggestions inspired you? If so further information is available on the links listed on the back of this leaflet.
Other switches you can make at home include:Walking or cycling instead of using the car if you can
Switching to ‘Green Energy’ suppliers
Ethical financial investments
Growing your own fruit or vegetables in your garden - you could even share or swap these with other people in the village!
Think ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’ with your unwanted items & waste
Communal Christmas or Easter cards
Calculate your carbon footprint and think how to reduce this.