Eco Congregation is an award process whose purpose is to help us to make our responsibility to the earth and the natural world part of the day to day work of the church. Participating involves undertaking a range of projects, whose progress and impact is assessed at regular intervals by an external team from A Rocha UK on behalf of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. St Marks has received this award for several years. More information about this and other environmental initiatives will follow shortly.
We are putting together a working document that will hopefully be adapted as people explore new ways of making positive changes. It is hoped that by supporting each other to make little changes the overall communal effect can be sizeable!
The message from almost everyone who has begun to explore this area is to start small so as not to become overwhelmed!
So, while there are lots of suggestions here for when you are ready, we strongly recommend that you try one thing at a time. I started by changing my shampoo and conditioner bottles to bars and am thrilled to look back over the last year and realise just how much less plastic is brought into the house day by day, and how much more careful my family is about recycling what does come in.
This has taken a year to develop though and I’m sure there is still more to do!
Good luck in your exploration – hope that you find this helpful!
If you have ideas and suggestions to add please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah – Children and Families worker