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ECO CONGREGATION SCOTLAND WELCOMES STEPHEN CURRAN AS NEW MANAGER

Eco-Congregation Scotland is excited to announce the appointment of Stephen Curran as manager.

Stephen  brings a wealth of skills and experience with him  to this important post.   As a Glasgow City Councillor he has served as City Treasurer, and Executive Member for Education and Young People; and has been active in the Justice and Peace movement and a wide range of community organisations.

Mary Sweetland, Chairman of Trustees, welcoming Stephen to the team said:

We look forward to a step change in Churches taking action to mitigate the impact of climate chaos with the appointment of Stephen and our new Eco-Chaplain, Rev David Coleman, next month.

Stephen is joining ECS at a time of rapid growth, with the number of eco-congregations across Scotland now over 430 and growing.  He said:

With a longstanding interest in environmental issues and faith action, I am delighted to take on the charity manager role at Eco-Congregation Scotland, supporting churches to tackle climate justice and address more sustainable use of assets and resources.

I recognise the growing impact of individual congregations striving to live the Gospel today in addressing climate justice, linking environmental issues to faith in practice.

Encouraging and supporting this work is one of the great challenges of our time and I am honoured to be asked to manage Eco-Congregation Scotland to help achieve this.    

Stephen has been involved in church life across Scotland, supporting and encouraging a range of churches on social action. He has three children and has lived on Glasgow’s south side for twenty years where he attends St Helen’s parish.

 

Biographical details:

imageStephen has three decades of voluntary involvement in a range of charities, boards, committees and campaign groups. He developed a keen interest in environment and development issues at church and school in Ayr, where he started a Justice and Peace group, fundraising for charities working at home and overseas.  He studied law to postgraduate level at the University of Dundee, where he chaired the Catholic Society and participated in ecumenical chaplaincy activities including the Christian Union and One World Group.

He subsequently worked in healthcare, retail management and IT training before eight years as a parliamentary aide for an MP and MSP representing Scotland’s most ethnically diverse constituency, engaging with local churches and campaigners on sustainability and climate change.  He continued that interest through his role as an elected Councillor in Glasgow since 2003 – assuming senior roles on finance, service reform, health and social care integration, scrutiny of policing, education and community planning – bringing to the charity manager post significant experience in building partnerships.

Stephen served ten years as a Strathclyde Pension Fund trustee and successfully encouraged more focus on corporate, social and environmental responsibility in local government pension fund investments.  For the past nine years, he was also a board member of The Hidden Gardens Trust, a community development charity encouraging volunteering through a multi-cultural greenspace.

Since 2015 he has served three years in his most recent employment as Scotland and North of England operations manager with Community Money Advice, a Christian charity supporting 157 free debt advice centres run by churches, foodbanks and local groups.

Granton Goes Greener!

Congratulations to Eco-congregation Granton Parish Church who obtained a Climate Challenge Fund grant for a joint project with the local community under the banner “Granton Goes Greener”.  On a beautiful summer day – Saturday 30th June – the project was launched by local MP Deirdre Brock, with a guided walk, children’s activities, bike repair workshop, poetry readings, miniature garden workshop, clothes swap, and soup, cakes and coffee in the church.  Read more at http://grantongoesgreener.org.uk/2018/07/02/granton-goes-greener-has-now-officially-launched/

Gordon Hudson is leaving Eco-Congregation Scotland

After seven years as Manager of Eco-Congregation Scotland, Gordon Hudson is leaving to pursue new career opportunities. During his tenure as manager we have grown to 431 registered congregations, increased our income and become established as one of the leading environmental organisations in Scotland. We thank Gordon for his efforts over the past seven years and wish him well for the future.

Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.

This morning the Scottish Government announced that Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.  By the end of 2016, Scotland had reduced its climate emissions by 45% compared to our 1990 baseline levels, well ahead of the 42% by 2020 target.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“These statistics are hugely encouraging and show we have almost halved the greenhouse gases emitted in Scotland – underlining our role as an international leader in the fight against climate change.

We all have a role to play in that fight and I want to thank the households, communities and businesses who are working hard every day to reduce their own emissions.

But we must go further and faster if we are to meet our responsibilities to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Our ambitious Climate Change Bill will ensure we do exactly that – by setting a new 90% reduction target for 2050 and paving the way towards achieving net-zero emissions as soon as possible.”

Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

“It’s great news that Scotland has hit the annual target and reduced its climate emissions by 45 per cent compared to the 1990 baseline and is well ahead of the 42 per cent 2020 target. Everyone who has played their part in achieving this reduction should be proud.

Back in 2009, when Scotland’s first Climate Act was passed, there was no clear path to meeting the 42 per cent emissions reduction target and many were sceptical it could be achieved. Today’s results show that setting stretching targets works by driving innovation and strong policy delivery.  This success, along with support from the public, leading scientists and farming groups, should give the Scottish Government the confidence to aim high once again and set a net zero emissions target, by 2050 at the latest, in the new Climate Change Bill.

2016 reflects the first full year since the closure of Longannet power station, showing the big impact you can have by phasing out dirty coal and switching to clean renewables.

Scotland’s system of annual targets are an important opportunity for the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament to discuss what more we can do to tackle climate change. We need ideas and greater action from everyone if we are going to protect people and nature in every continent and country, from the effects of climate change. With the right ideas and action we can reap the rewards of building a zero emissions economy.”

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is OPEN.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

Launched a decade ago, the CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff to support applicants and those awarded grants.

Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a CCF grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process, is 5pm on 3 August 2018. Current CCF Grant Recipients should contact their CCF Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding identify and scope out potential climate action projects. There are monthly deadlines from June to August.

Keep Scotland Beautiful will be running CCF Information surgeries in June and July, where potential applicants can learn more about the funding and support available through the CCF.

All potential CCF applicants should refer to the CCF website or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for full information about criteria, eligibility and deadlines

For further information click here.

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