ECO-AWARNESS GROUP (Eco-Congregation)
“So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created
them male and female, blessed them and said, ‘Have many children, so that your
descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under control. I am
putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; but for all the
wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for
food’ – and it was done.” (Gen. 1:27-30)
Eco-Congregation Scotland movement:
Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical movement and is supported by the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church in Scotland and the United Reformed Church. It also receives funding from the Scottish Government, SCIAF and Christian Aid as well as local church congregations and private individuals. There are now over 270 eco-congregations in Scotland.
The movement is also part of the wider Eco-Congregation movement in the UK and overseas. Each country’s movement is run independently, but we retain links with each other. Eco-Congregation Scotland is linked to the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and to the European Christian Environmental Network.
So what types of thing can we do as eco-congregations?
Held each year at 8:30pm on the last Saturday in March, Earth Hour is a WWF initiative which symbolises the collective power of individuals, businesses and governments to reduce our environmental impact on this one and only planet we call home.
From it’s beginnings in one city in one country – Sydney – Earth Hour has grown to millions of people in over 5000 cities across 135 countries, a truly global community committed to creating a more sustainable planet.
ARBROATH Old and Abbey Church has received its second Eco-congregation award
These awards are given to churches that are actively promoting environmental issues locally while playing an active role within the wider community by highlighting the issues of global warming.
The Old and Abbey Church received its first award in 2009 and since then has continued to play an active role in promoting the effects of global warming and sustainability awareness.
This has been achieved with a programme that has included film festivals, recycling projects, environment awareness events, Earth Hour concerts, street plant sales, a highly acclaimed eco-newsletter and helping to set up the Angus Eco-Congregation Network group.
The church has also been concerned about its own use of energy and its CO2 emissions. This has resulted in replacing the boilers with a new system that is 98% efficient. In July solar panels were also installed to supply some of the energy needs.
The assessors particularly commended the congregation for the following:
- The introduction of the eco-awareness newsletter.
- The action taken to reduce the carbon footprint of the church buildings, particularly the new boiler and solar panels.
- The activities involving the wider community.