Eco-Examples

Maghera Parish

Maghera Parish, Co Londonderry, is opening its grounds to create an organic green space! Plans are underway to convert the space known as the rectory walled garden into an amenity for members of the local community. The vision is to incorporate allotments, a heritage fruit tree orchard, an outdoor gym/play area, a Swedish barbecue area […]

Rathfarnham Parish, Dublin

Rathfarnham Parish Eco Group, Dublin, has organised a number of events in recent years to raise eco awareness among parishioners and the local community. Two Walk/Cycle to Church Sundays have been organised to encourage those who are fit and able to walk/cycle to church rather than take the car. A prize was offered the first […]

Rathfarnham Quaker Meeting

Rathfarnham Quaker Meeting worked its way through the Eco-Congregation Ireland checklist (see Resources Section 1), which helped them identify what the Meeting had already achieved and to see what areas might be prioritised. The Meeting has signed up to Airtricity, uses energy-efficient light bulbs, where possible, and has clearly-labelled bins for recyclables. All cleaning products, […]

Fitzroy Presbyterian Caring for Creation Group

The Caring for Creation Group at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast, got underway a couple of years ago by firstly completing the Eco-Congregation Ireland church check-list (Section 1, Resources). Members of the group found this was a useful exercise, which showed up several areas where they could work on eco-awareness and practice. The group started weekly […]

St George’s, Belfast

St George’s parish, Belfast, has reduced its CO2 emissions by over 12 tonnes per year by switching its heating system from oil to natural gas, by installing photovoltaic panels on its roof and by buying electricity from a green supplier. Douglas McIldoon, St George’s eco-congregation co-ordinator, has sent us this report: In the middle of […]

Dundrum Methodist Church

Dundrum Methodist Church in Dublin has been beavering away on environmental awareness for many years. Its first initiative 20 years ago was to encourage members to recycle newspapers and cans. Around the time of the Millennium the Leaders’ Meeting agreed to adopt some of the practices suggested in a church audit drawn up by Christian […]

Whitechurch Church of Ireland

Whitechurch Church of Ireland Parish has been steadily incorporating eco awareness into many aspects of parish life since registering with Eco Congregation Ireland in June 2007. Located in a tranquil rural setting not far from the south Dublin suburbs, the parish has made the most of its grounds. Just inside the entrance gate a Lenten/Easter […]

Turn your house into a Green Home!

An Taisce has set up a scheme to help us turn our houses into Green Homes. Thanks to Niamh McDonald for sending us this report: Green Home is an action-based programme offering householders support and advice on ways to save money on their household bills and reduce their impact on the environment. The programme focuses […]

ECO-UNESCO

ECO-UNESCO is Ireland's Environmental Education and Youth Organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA). ECO-UNESCO’s aims are:  to raise environmental awareness, understanding and knowledge of the environment among young people  to promote the protection and conservation of the environment  to promote the personal development of young […]

EcoSeeds ~ Planting Wildflowers for Biodiversity

EcoSeeds is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to help conserve and enhance local biodiversity by increasing the populations of native wildflower species. Many thanks to Amanda Lennon for sending us this article: Many people are aware of the benefits of flowers in supporting wildlife. However, benefits to local species are even greater when native wildflowers […]