The Diocesan Eco Group will give a presentation to Diocesan Synod at the start of March to begin steps towards becoming an Eco Diocese.

Many of us are very aware of the major threats to the environment and of climate change. As Christians, we see it as part of our stewardship of God’s gifts to us, to protect the environment by becoming more eco-friendly. The Eco Church and Eco Diocese schemes offer practical suggestions of how to support this vision. These include teaching about caring for God’s earth in worship, conservation of churches and their land, using Fairtrade items, recycling, toilet twinning, and reducing pollution through car-share schemes or walking.

Churches can take the national Eco Church award survey, to assess how environmentally friendly their church is, and could achieve a bronze, silver or gold award. St Cassian’s in Chaddesley Corbett just outside of Kidderminster has already achieved a bronze level Eco Church award. Several other environmentally friendly churches in the Diocese are also working towards this.

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