Eco-Congregation Scotland is taking a baton to Paris, to express the demands of churches in Scotland that negotiators agree to a deal that promotes global climate justice. The baton, which will pass around churches in Scotland throughout the summer of 2015, will carry the hopes and aspirations of Christians across Scotland for climate justice to be central to any agreement reached at the conference.
What is happening ?
- Greyfriars Recycling of Wood have made a baton for Eco-congregation Scotland from recycled church furniture.
- The baton bears the message Time for Climate Justice: Churches in Scotland Demand a Deal in Paris, December 2015.
- The relay was launched by Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform at our Annual Gathering on 25th of April:
- In December 2015 the baton will be taken to the UN climate change conference in Paris to share our message with other churches and delegates.
See where the baton is going
You can have a look at this map and calendar of where the baton is going to get an idea of when it will be in your area. There are two batons in order to cover as much as Scotland as possible (which is why it will appear that it is in two places at once on many dates!). Green markers indicate where the baton has travelled so far; red markers indicate where it will be going.
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If you are a local church congregation you can book the baton to visit your church when it is passing through your area. As the route is dependent on who signs up please contact us as soon as possible to get your name on the list. Please send an email to email@example.com (or use our contact form here) stating the name of your congregation, its location, plus your name and phone number. We will get in touch to arrange a date.
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We ask that all congregations receiving the baton do the following:
- Fill out one of the postcards and post it to us so we can collect them together and give to the Climate Change minister to show where the baton has been.
- Contact the local press (newspaper or maybe local radio).
- Put an article in your own church magazine.
- Contact other local congregations (of all denominations) and ask them to take part.
When you receive the baton there will be a pack containing printed information. If any of this is missing you can download a copy here:
- Information sheet for congregations explaining what the baton relay is all about.
- Leaflets to give to the general public or congregation members.
- Postcards (front | back) to send to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Minister to tell her where the baton is .
- Advice for contacting the local media.
- Press release (Word format | PDF).
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If you see the baton, tell us where it is, hashtag: #cop21baton
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There are a couple of Fife Pilgrim Way tree planting events at Lochore Meadows on 15 & 16 March. If you are interested in taking part, please see:
St Columba’s by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh gain Silver Eco-Congregation Award.
On Sunday 18th February Eco-Congregation Scotland’s Environmental Chaplain, Trevor Jamison, preached at St Columba’s by the Castle Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh. This was an occasion to celebrate St Columba’s receiving their Eco-Congregation Silver Award, and Trevor is seen here, presenting it to representatives from the congregation.
A young satellite-tagged golden eagle has disappeared in highly suspicious circumstances in the Pentland Hills, just seven miles from the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh. Chris Packham investigated and spoke to Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham.
More on this story here.
This year there are a number of environmental resources available for congregations to use during Lent:
Lenten Fast for Creation from the Global Catholic Climate Network and the Anglican Communion Environmental Network. You can download their daily calendar of ideas here (PDF file).
Five Ideas to make Lent Count from TearFund.
Dear church leader
How does your church care for God’s creation? Would you like support to do more?
Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement helping local groups of Christians link environmental issues to their faith, reduce their environmental impact, and engage with the community (www.ecocongregationscotland.org). A number of Moray churches have already become involved: for example, Alves & Burghead; Bellie & Speymouth; Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman (all Church of Scotland); Holy Trinity; St John’s (Scottish Episcopal); and St Margaret’s (Catholic).
Representatives from the different congregations in Moray meet regularly for mutual support and to share ideas. We’d like to inspire members of other congregations to join us and to find out more about the links between faith and creation care. We’re particularly keen to increase the number of different denominations involved.
With this in mind, on Saturday 17th March, we’re hosting a meeting in the Williamson Hall in Elgin. David Bethune, the Eco-Congregation Scotland coordinator will provide information about the movement. He’ll explain how local congregations can get involved by registering and by taking part in the new awards scheme. Local church members will give examples of what they’ve done to ‘green’ their churches. There’ll be opportunities to share ideas and challenges, too.
We warmly invite you and members of your congregation (including young people) to join us. We’d be grateful if you could advertise this opportunity, and encourage interested people to attend. A poster advertising the meeting can be downloaded here. Please feel free to circulate it and this message.