The Minster Environmental Group (MEG) monitors Minster activities with the aim of improving and reducing the church’s environmental impact. We recognise that the world is changing fast and it is important to support action to reduce global warming and maintain biodiversity. We care because it is God’s creation, not ours, and as a church we are committed to safeguard the integrity of creation and to sustain the life of our planet.
The Minster has twice held Eco-Congregation Awards and since 2017 holds the Eco Church ‘bronze’ award, which assesses all aspects of church life and management. It is designed to affirm good practice in environmental stewardship and helps churches to witness to the importance of caring for God’s creation. We are working hard towards the ‘silver’ award.
MEG monitors the Minster’s energy usage and carbon footprint. Reducing carbon emissions is an on-going process and MEG continues to monitor and advise and work with the PCC.
We work with the PCC on matters where there are environmental concerns and with Minster staff to improve disposal of waste and recycling and use of environmentally friendly products.
We encourage changes in lifestyle in our congregation and in the community. We are closely involved with other groups in our locality and in planning community events, such as the Wimborne Green Festivals. These groups include Wimborne War on Waste (avoiding use of plastics), Wimborne Fair Trade Town, Win on Waste (improving recycling)
http://www.ideas2action.org.uk/, Wimborne Repair Cafe, South West Waste Minimisation Group http://www.swwmg.co.uk/, Dorset Wildlife Trust https://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/
Please see this document for a list of actions we can all take to help the environment (published Climate Sunday, 2021).
We are also linked to the Salisbury Diocese Environmental Group http://www.salisbury.anglican.org/mission/social-justice/environment
Seeds for Harvest’ is an annual project to encourage people to sow seeds and grow flowers or vegetables in their gardens and allotments and bring them to the Harvest Festival.
We provide a diary of information about Minster and local events and dates that have significance for our world in environmental terms through the Green Timeline which is updated monthly. We also provide information on a notice board and regular articles in the Parish Magazine.
We have produced an Environmental Policy for the Minster which has been adopted by the PCC.