Genesis tells us that God entrusts creation to our care and makes us its stewards. From the beginning we are to care for the earth and all life.The eco-congregation award is designed to help us think about our Christian discipleship and our responsibility to the environment whilst taking action to demonstrate good stewardship in all aspects of our lives.
It is a demanding standard, and few congregations have achieved “eco-congregation status”. The award provides a framework challenging us to think about our worship, our individual and church community actions as well as how we work within the local and global communities to create a sustainable way of life for all of God's children.
It takes a holistic view. Environmental action is inextricably linked with supporting the poorest in our world to achieve a fairer, more sustainable way of life for all. To bring the Kingdom nearer.
So, whilst there are common elements and expectations, what we do is for us to determine based on our local situation.