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Just what is an Eco Diocese?


Recognising that care for God’s creation is at the heart of Christian ministry and
mission, Diocesan Synod took the first step on the journey to become an Eco-Diocese
in June, by voting to register the Diocese in Europe for this scheme.
The Eco-Diocese award is part of the wider Eco-Church scheme, which is a web-based
survey and award scheme run by A Rocha UK.  The Eco-Church scheme
looks at the whole of church life – from worship and teaching to community
involvement, from personal lifestyle to buildings and land – to encourage parishes to
ensure that all aspects of church life are impacted by the need to care for creation.
To achieve an Eco-Diocese Bronze Award, 5% of the Diocese’s 280 or so local
worshipping communities need to engage with Eco-Church, and obtain an
Eco-Church Bronze Award.
In addition, the whole Diocese is required to reach Eco-Church Bronze Award
standards for its management of buildings and land. There is also a requirement for
ethical investment of diocesan funds and for the inclusion of care for creation in
training for ministry. More information can be found at
At the beginning of November 2018, the Salisbury Diocese became the first Eco-Diocese
in the Church of England to be awarded the Bronze Award. 

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