Canterbury Cathedral is delighted to announce it has received a Bronze award as part of the Eco-Church initiative for environmental activities.
As part of A Rocha UK’s scheme for churches in England and Wales the award is designed to establish caring for God’s earth as an integral part of everyday work and witness.
The Bronze award highlights the Cathedral’s commitment to the environment by recording what is already being done to care for God’s earth, and reflecting on ways to further improve.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams welcomed the Eco-Church vision at its launch in St Paul’s Cathedral in 2016, describing it as a ‘tectonic shift’ in Christian thinking through which environmental concerns will ‘embed more deeply’ in church culture.
The survey covers all areas of church life: Worship and Teaching; Management of Church Buildings and Land; Community and Global Engagement; and Lifestyle.
Chair of the Cathedral’s Environmental Working Group Natalie Beldin said “The Eco Church survey is a great tool to measure church organisation activities and performance and provide resources to aid environmental improvement.
“Dean & Chapter recognise the importance of this issue and are committed to challenging how we work to reduce our environmental impact and it is fantastic that our efforts have been recognised in achieving a bronze award.”
The Cathedral will now begin to work toward the silver award.