Monday 17th August 2020
Wells Cathedral has achieved the Silver Eco Church Award from the Charity ‘A Rocha‘. A Bronze award was accomplished early this year, and attaining the Silver Award now is a significant achievement, and a great reward for the hard work that has gone into improving the Cathedral’s carbon footprint, reducing it’s production of harmful waste, and improving the biodiversity around it. Many of the changes made are invisible, such as switching to a green electricity tariff, calculating the carbon footprint and checking the products used around the building. Others, such as the trial meadow, are a delight to see. There is much more to be done, and inevitably the remaining tasks are the most difficult and/or expensive, such as seeing if we can use more LED lighting or install solar panels, and putting up nesting boxes and bat boxes.
Eco Church is organised by the Charity ‘A Rocha’, and its aim is to help the church, and through the church many individuals, to become more aware of their impact upon the environment and in particular, climate change. There is a series of questions and targets that fall under five headings: Worship and Teaching, Buildings, Land, Community Engagement, and Lifestyle. When sufficient targets have been reached in every section an award is made.
Each one of us can make a difference by making changes to our own lifestyle. A first step is to measure our carbon footprint using a website such as www.carbonfootprint.com and make a commitment to use less fuel for travel and heating. If you would like to learn more about what the Cathedral is doing to maintain its Eco Church status, and what you can do as an individual to become greener, please click here.