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"Avoiding climate breakdown will require cathedral thinking. We must lay the foundation while we may not know exactly how to build the ceiling."

Greta Thunberg

St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral is an Eco-Cathedral.  We stand in awe of God's glorious creation, and we are dedicated to being responsible stewards of this creation: to caring for our local environmental, to acting for environmental justice, and recognising and reacting to the climate emergency.


St Mary's Cathedral is an Eco-Congregation, having received a Silver Award from Eco-Congregation Scotland in 2020. This is in response to our work to do a number of things.


A+E is our residential art and ecology project. Curated by Jonathan Baxter, it asks: how might the Cathedral become an ecological commons for the city and how might that shape a social and ecological art practice?

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The Cathedral Grounds

The Cathedral has extensive grounds, which are many things to many people.  They are a green place of calm and rest, in the middle of the busy West End of Edinburgh; a space for play for the many children and young people who go the Cathedral or the nursery in the grounds; a place for prayer, especially in our garden of remembrance; and a place where we put into practice our commitment to ecological issues.

Declaration of a Climate Emergency

In 2022, St Mary's Cathedral publically acknowledged the truth that we are living in a climate emergency, and only radical action from all, individuals and organisations, can safeguard...

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