Welcome to Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
A Rocha UK’s free online survey and supporting resources are designed to equip our church to express our care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; in how we look after our buildings and land; in how we engage with our local community and in global campaigns, and in the personal lifestyles of our congregation.
The actions we take will count towards a prestigious Eco Church Award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Complete our Eco Survey to gauge where our church currently is in relation to the three different levels; you may find we already qualify for an Eco Church Award! A Rocha UK’s vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.
Join the Eco Church Community
Register to join the Eco Church Community. You’ll be taken to the sign up / log in screen. Once you’ve signed up as an individual you can join our church team, help to complete the survey and find ways to engage with the project.
Valerie Palmer and Lynne Jones are the project leaders and are seeking your enthusiasm and support so please get in touch with them next time you see them in church.
Help us bring that vision to reality by participating in Eco Church.
What can I do?
The CofE has created a list of useful resources which we can all use as a starting point to bring this vision to reality. Rachel Houlberg, our diocesan Eco advisor, has written a two page newsletter to show the progress being made in the diocese and to encourage us all.
Here is the Diocesan Faith’s group update on Eco issues. It’s not too long and contains some interesting information. At the end there are 6 suggested actions you might consider. One suggestion is to send a postcard of the Village to the Prime Minister, so that he receives it before next week’s G7 summit in Cornwall – this would need to be sent today (4th June) or tomorrow. Valerie got a postcard from the village hardware shop for the purpose of requesting that subsidies on fossil fuel be phased out, and also that funding to help the countries worst affected by climate change is made available by the richest and most polluting nations of the world.
There is also opportunity to write regarding the COP conference in Glasgow in November.
The September newsletter from A Rocha has been issued and makes interesting reading with links to further information.
This video shows Alok Sharma, president of the Glasgow climate talks, giving a key speech about why action is so vital and what the UK government priorities are for the COP26 talks.
“COP26 must be the moment that every country and every part of society embraces its responsibility to protect our precious planet and keep 1.5 alive.”