The Isle of Man's Cathedral - a Partner of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man - has been awarded a silver Eco Church Award.
To gain the award, the cathedral had to demonstrate its care for the world in five areas:
- Through worship and teaching
- How buildings and land are cared for
- Engaging with the local community
- Supporting global campaigns
- Challenging the lifestyles of members of the congregation.
These were achieved in a number of ways such as, using low-energy light bulbs, careful use of paper, composting and recycling and using apples from the trees at the 'Big Table Café', where all are welcome for Monday lunch, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Earlier in the year, the Cathedral hosted an exhibition supporting Harry Owens' visit to Burundi to provide training and support to beekeepers.
Members of the congregation regularly support Disaster Emergency Committee appeals through collections outside supermarkets.
Rosemary Clarke, the Cathedral's eco representative, said: 'Young people across the world are demanding change and the Cathedral challenges us to alter our behaviour. I know I need to do more.
'It's great to have been given the award, but it needs much more effort for us to go for gold.'
In the Island, Trinity Methodist Church, Douglas and the Abbey Church, Ballasalla, have already achieved the bronze award and are now aiming for silver. They and the Cathedral join 500 churches and cathedrals across the UK/Isle of Man working towards these Eco Awards.
The scheme is operated by A Rocha, in partnership with Christian Aid, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, Tear Fund and the United Reformed Church and supported by many other groups.
To mark 'Creationtide' within the Church of England and the Cathedral grounds have been transformed into a series of gardens telling the story of Christianity's engagement with Manx culture since its arrival in the 5th century.
Visible are everything from a keeill to an apple cloister, from a wavy lawn to the illustration of well-known fables, from a snail mound to a Franciscan sensory garden, each 'room' reflects part of our history. A stumpery and bug hotel provide protection for wildlife.
All are welcome to come and take a look.
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