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Faith Action for Nature – Autumn Resources available now!

As the year turns, the leaves change and the days lengthen, it’s time to dip into our Autumn resource pack for inspiration. Click HERE

The theme for this season is Shelter, with reflections on the various images of God as our refuge. Do some shelter-building in the woods, install homes for wildlife, and think about the birds and animals that take shelter around your home and your church.

We’d love to know what you find useful about the resources – or not so helpful. Drop us a line to tell us about your experiences.

Arrochar Beach watch

A report on Lomond and Helensburgh Network’s Arrochar  Beachwatch Event – 14 Sep 2018

From what I understand there were 60 volunteers signed up and around 50 turned up, which our organiser (Helen Downie) was very proud of.

Together 20 of us carried out a beach survey for Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in a 100 yard stretch of Arrochar beach towards the river mouth whilst the others went for pure litter picking. After an hour of picking and gathering the litter data, our team went back to a nearby picnic table and recorded our results. At that point there were a fair number of bags collected. Our record sheets were collected and collated by Helen and people broke into smaller groups to pick more, have lunch or head back to their offices.

After a little break for lunch and getting to know some of the volunteers I paired up with a lady (Mari Cowan) and we headed further round the beach to collect more litter. We were surprised how much plastic was about in various sizes with the most abundant being small squares that had broken off a larger sheet or container.

Another disturbing realisation was how ingrained some of the debris was into the soil, vegetation, sand and water. We were told that Marine Scotland had had a volunteer day in May when they brought in huge diggers to scoop up a section of the beach in hopes of removing these harmful micro plastics from the sediment. It was sad to hear that it was almost as bad if not worse on the day I was up helping out.

I know this probably sounds bad, but due to the geography of Arrochar and the currents around the mouth of the Loch, it naturally acts like a giant sink; pulling huge amounts of marine litter and debris in from the Irish Sea and open oceans. Basically they need people to volunteer their time to keep the monumental piles of rubbish away. That’s why Marine Scotland and Marine Conservation Society are interested not just in cleaning up Arrochar but trying to document what gets washed up on the shores. Their hope is that with the evidence they collect, the findings will support policy and influence change on higher levels. For example how the word spread about plastic straws and cotton buds. Thanks to Blue Planet 2 it appears as though people are starting to take notice of the world around them and from what I see with some of the groups I’m connected to is that more and more people are getting interested and trying to help in whatever way they can.

 

That’s why I wanted to help out on the beach clean and why I am very excited for the community woodland litter pick up at our church on Sunday 30th September. Marjory, I think you and the Eco team are doing a marvellous job with the plants and clean ups and I hope I can help even if it is in a small way.

Thanks,

Vanessa

 

Induction of Rev. David Coleman as ECS Chaplain

The induction of Rev. David Coleman as Eco-congregation Scotland’s new chaplain is tomorrow (Sat. 10th Sept) in Augustine Church, Edinburgh, at 3pm.   If you can’t attend, you may like to “be there”  by  live link, as the service will be streamed live to https://youtu.be/NH8_-W9jaX4.   The link will become ‘live’ shortly before 3pm

Preview YouTube video Eco-Congregation Scotland – induction service for Rev David J. M. Coleman

Disinvesting from fossil fuels

Could your church divest this Season of Creation?

As our scorching summer gradually begins to fade into autumn, Operation Noah is inviting local churches of all denominations to make divestment commitments during the Season of Creation (1 September – 4 October).

 
For churches without existing investments in fossil fuels, this would simply involve a pledge not to make such investments in the future.
 
By making a commitment to divest (disinvest) from fossil fuels, your local church can send a powerful message about the need for urgent action on climate change as well as keeping up the pressure for national Churches to divest.
For more information, please contact Operation Noah or visit the Bright Now website: http://brightnow.org.uk/action/divest-your-church-season-of-creation/

If your church would like to join the divestment announcement at the end of the Season of Creation, please email richard.collettwhite@operationnoah.org by 12 noon on Monday 1 October. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Salote – video resource form Operation Noah

Sālote is a short animated video from Operation Noah which aims to help Christians around the world recognise the human cost of climate change, and particularly its impact on women and children.

The video has been designed for Christians of all ages and developed in partnership with the World Day of Prayer, and introduces the viewer to Sālote, a seven-year-old Polynesian girl who is already experiencing the devastating effects of a changing climate in her South Pacific island home.

As Sālote witnesses the impacts of climate change on three generations of her family, she reflects aloud on what has caused this change.

The story is inspired by real-life accounts of present-day climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, which hit poor and vulnerable populations, living in sensitive parts of the world like low-lying islands, the hardest.

The full video can be watched on the Operation Noah website, with an activity pack and factsheet for  church/home group: http://operationnoah.org/resources/salote/

Take One Action

TOA have just launched the programme for their September festival in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Have a look at the programme – plenty of food for thought… and action.At a time when concepts of truth and democracy are being stretched beyond recognition, the tide of political upheavals, environmental threats and isolationism can feel overwhelming.  Our programme offers an antidote to despair and powerlessness. With community events, live musical performances and more than 40 films on offer, 60% of which have been directed by women, this year’s festival celebrates our common humanity and our ability – individual and collective – to bring about a kinder, fairer, more sustainable world.

We believe in the transformative power of film and are honoured to be sharing the stories of individuals and communities whose very resilience, tenacity and hope are radical acts of defiance. These include a Micronesian nation’s president’s urgent calls for climate action (Anote’s Ark), a young female Somali refugee’s historic journey to the US House of Representatives (Time for Ilhan), the unwavering strength of Spanish citizens demanding their country confront the brutal crimes of Franco’s dictatorship (The Silence of Others) and the Palestinian women whose grassroots organising was the unsung, beating heart of the first Intifada (Naila and the Uprising).

The films we screen and the conversations we foster do more than open eyes and minds: they are a direct invitation to reshape our world for the better – right here, right now.

Take One Action Website: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=5197023e68&e=4be6647e53

Download the PDF Programme: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=33e3e62f3c&e=4be6647e53

Screenings, events & workshops: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=6db706da16&e=4be6647e53