Thanks to the efforts of our members, Netherlee Church is now officially registered as an Eco-congregation - the first church in East Renfrewshire to win such an award. Our Co-ordinator Sheena Wurthman spearheaded the campaign, arranging many green activities, along with an independent audit to show us how well we were doing - and where we could still do better.
The Sunday School launched the scheme with the creation of a ‘Pledge Tree’, where members were encouraged to take a paper leaf (recycled of course!), write their environmental pledge on it, then hang their leaf on the Pledge Tree, found inside the Church. Promises included walking or using public transport rather than the car, or simply turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. Our Pledge Tree is just one method to encourage members to commit to action in small ways. The Sunday School also planted an Easter daffodil cross in Kirk House Gardens . Recycling bins have been introduced throughout the church premises, and, of course, we had the Big Church Spring Clean earlier in 2007, which was a practical display of replacing, repairing and re-using our resources.
But a major part of being an Eco-Congregation is thinking of of our community and global responsibility. We already think of others and share resources, but we could do more to encourage our neighbours in the parish and beyond. Again, this could be simple things like collecting spent cartridges from printers, collecting old mobile phones and reusing plastic bags. Watch this space!
Any ideas to make Netherlee more eco-friendly will be welcomed. Please contact Sheena on 637 1106. For more ideas on recycling, why not visit some of the sites listed in our attachment?
Attached file: Waste and Recycling Weblinks.doc
Link: eco congregations