Eco-Examples

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 […]

A Conversation at the Gates of Heaven

This thought-provoking story about being challenged by St Peter at the gates of heaven was written by Sinéad Brady, Convenor of Rathfarnham Quaker Meeting’s Eco Committee: Once upon a time there was a girl called Sinéad, and one day, when she was minding her own business, she unexpectedly died. After getting over the initial shock […]

The joys of finding treasure in charity shops!

Priscilla Robinson – a writer, performer and stand-up comedian – has been finding treasures in charity shops, sales of work, skips and bins for the past 25 years. Here she shares some of her experiences of finding treasure among other people’s rejected clutter … I have never been a fan of normal shops. I prefer […]