Australian ecumenical environmental change program
specifically designed for churches and religious organisations.
Using a series of non-competitive awards
the program assists, inspires and rewards faith communities for taking environmental action
and becoming more sustainable
in response to God’s call to care for creation.
The Five Leaf Eco-Awards encourage holistic action for the environment covering five areas:
There are currently six awards available in the program
– two introductory awards and four advanced awards.
To earn an award, churches simply complete actions to fulfill the criteria of that award, and are then presented with certificates of recognition for their achievement.
Why sign up to the Five Leaf Eco-Awards?
As well as the excitement of having your environmental efforts rewarded and promoted through the awards, and the assistance and support provided, joining the awards also connects you with a network of churches around the country who are taking action for God’s creation.
These churches are all around Australia and from a range of denominations.
They range from ‘normal’ suburban parishes to eco-faith communities who meet in a park on Sunday and communities who meet in completely retrofitted environmentally friendly buildings.
They have taken all sorts of actions for the environment, from:
crosses made of solar panels
restoring and replanting watercourses next to their church
leading mud brick shed building workshops
setting up community gardens
installing water tanks
developing a peace garden of native plants and a mosaic made of tiles painted by over 1,000 local community members and more…
They have signed petitions
rung their church bells for climate change
held talks and discussions of environmental issues
and held worship around environmental themes.
What churches are doing is as unique as the people in them, and the Five Leaf Eco-Awards are designed to be flexible enough to allow congregations to take (and be rewarded for) the actions that best suit their own contexts.
No matter where your church is on their sustainability journey, this network of churches can provide inspiration, ideas and experience to help you on your way.
Sign up here today: