On 14 September 2016 Bishop David registered our intent to become an Eco Diocese. Now, just over two years on, we are the third Diocese to gain the Bronze Eco Diocese Award, being very narrowly pipped to the post by Salisbury and Guildford Dioceses. It is a great achievement.
To gain the award, based on the size of the Diocese, we needed twenty churches to have registered an interest in becoming an Eco Church and ten of these to have gained awards. When we applied for the diocesan award we had thirty two registered churches and the following with awards:
St Peter’s Maney Silver
United Church of St Paul Balsall Heath Silver
St Germain’s Edgbaston Bronze
St John the Evangelist Perry Barr Bronze
All Saints Church Kings Heath Bronze
St Barnabas Kingshurst Bronze
St John the Evangelist Sparkhill Bronze
St Mary’s Church Wythall Bronze
St Michael’s Church Sutton Coldfield Bronze
St George’s Church Edgbaston Bronze
The Revd Patrick Gerard, Bishop’s Adviser for the Environment, would like to congratulate and thank all the churches who contributed to the gaining of this award. Eco Church encourages us to take practical steps to help the environment, and in doing we spread the message about the urgent action that is needed on climate change at the present time. Fr Patrick would also like to thank the BACA (Birmingham Anglicans Climate Action) group, who have particularly helped in gaining the award.
We are keen to press on and seek the Silver level of accreditation. To do this we need another eight churches to register with Eco Church, and another 10 to gain awards. We are aware that a number of our registered churches are close to gaining awards, so we look forward to achieving a Silver award in hopefully the not too distant future!
Becoming an Eco Church is simpler than you may think. Have a look at our video below of how All Saints in Kings Heath gained their Bronze award: