Two more churches in the diocese have been awarded silver Eco Church awards, Wells Cathedral and Holy Trinity, Yeovil. The awards are made by Christian charity A Rocha, to who want to demonstrate that the gospel is good news for God’s earth.
Holy Trinity Yeovil has been working on their Eco Church journey for a number of years and although they were aiming for bronze, their commitment to considering environmental issues in their PCC meetings has helped them achieve silver. Sara Jeffery, Assistant Diocesan Environment Officer and PCC lay-chair at Holy Trinity says, “Our church and community centre are in continuous use when not in lockdown so we are high energy users. To reduce our carbon footprint and save money, we upgraded our lighting to energy efficient LEDs and installed motion sensors so lights can no longer be accidentally left on! We have also installed water saving devices in all our toilets and had taps and hand driers upgraded to the most efficient kind.”
“It’s not just big changes that make a difference, we are also encouraging everyone to reduce waste and promote sustainable choices throughout the church and within individual lifestyles. Last year we held an Eco Fair and are planning for 2021. We know there is more we can do so have recently had a professional energy audit to inform further actions.”
For Wells Cathedral, the award has come after a year looking at all aspects of Cathedral life.
Mary Bide, Eco Champion at Wells Cathedral says “We looked at our energy usage, the products we use and how the outside areas could be used to promote biodiversity. There is a great deal still to do, now been awarded a Silver Eco Church Award our aim has to be Gold! We are now engaging with local environmental groups such as the Somerset Wildlife Trust and encouraging the congregation and visitors to the Cathedral to become aware how they can make a difference.”
Holy Trinity, Yeovil and Wells Cathedral join Locking Castle and 4 ecumenical churches, who already have silver Eco Church awards. Visit the EcoChurch website if you would like to find out how you can achieve an Eco Church award or email Sara Jeffery.