THINGS will be even greener than usual around the St Stephen’s Cathedral precinct thanks to an ongoing sustainability learning project.
The Cathedral Precinct Sustainability Learning Community, with guidance from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference’s office for Catholic Earthcare, is helping to promote ecological conversion.
Group co-convenor Chris Ehler said this was being done through education and direct action.
“The group also fosters a spirituality which embraces creation as both gift and responsibility,” Mr Ehler said.
Recent activities have included a March 1 Clean Up Australia campaign.
“The special clean-up of the environs of the grounds of the Cathedral of St Stephen coincided with the Business Clean Up day,” he said. “The major annual event will be on Thursday, June 5, to celebrate World Environment Day with a special cathedral precinct lunch.
“A visiting guest speaker will offer a forum for education and inspiration.
“Later in the year, the community will use the week (November 10-16) to promote Planet Ark National Recycling Week when everyone is encouraged to use sustainable recycling practices.”
Members of the Cathedral Precinct Sustainability Learning Community are drawn from staff and parishioners of the cathedral and staff and volunteers from archdiocesan agencies in the cathedral precinct.
Other activities during 2014 include the promotion of a Plastic “Bag-free” month during March, recommended by the Queensland Conservation Council.
On April 1 the theme will be “Don’t be an April Fool”.
Everyone will be encouraged to replace batteries in smoke alarms and deposit used batteries at The Catholic Leader office for safe disposal.