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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Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world. Born out of a hope that we could mobilise people to take action on climate change, Earth Hour now inspires a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a show of concern for the environment.
Once again Eco-Congregation Scotland has partnered with WWF Scotland to encourage congregations to take part in Earth Hour 2017. This annual event takes place on Saturday, March 25th.
To download the free guide please visit our Earth Hour page here:
Canon Kenyon Wright, who sadly died last week at the age of 84, was well known for his contribution to the Scottish Constitutional Convention. However, many in eco-congregations may not be aware of his passion for the environment and the support he gave to Eco-Congregation Scotland in it’s early days.
Kenyon Wright established and chaired the Scottish Environmental Forum in 1991 as part of the preparation for the Rio Earth Summit which took place the following year. Thereafter, he chaired a group which developed the first proposals, based on Agenda 21, for a Sustainable Development Strategy for Scotland. He was Convener of “Vision 21”, the Scottish Churches’ Group on Sustainable Development.
Kenyon spoke at the very first public meeting of the embryo Eco-Congregation Scotland at Stirling Methodist Church in January 2000 and then preached the sermon at the service to officially launch the organisation in March 2001. His commitment to bringing the Christian faith and environmental issues together continued through the ecumenical grouping of Vision 21 and in 2012 he published a book entitled “Cosmic Crisis and Creation: The Search for Meaning”. Failing health enforced a move south and Vision 21 was eventually wound up in 2016 with the remaining funds donated to Eco-Congregation Scotland.
Enhancing local collaboration among green groups – seeking invitations to host a free workshop in your area.
Calling all local low carbon, sustainability, and environmentally-focused groups from Westray to Melrose!
There are literally hundreds of you across Scotland doing fantastic things to lower carbon footprints, increase sustainable options locally, and do your part to mitigate climate change. But far too often our groups work independently even though we may exist in close proximity to other groups. In an effort to forge new local collaborations across a whole range of groups – whether transition towns, zero waste, permaculture, eco-congregations, development trusts, or community gardens – a group of activist-researchers from the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the Scottish Community Alliance, will be hosting free all-inclusive “finding common ground” workshops this Spring.
We’ll do all the work planning and even reach out to other groups in your area, but are first looking for invitations from local groups that have a desire to forge new collaborative partnerships with other groups in their local area. Anyone is eligible, just write via email to express your interest to Jeremy Kidwell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Join us in welcoming Greenbank Parish Church who signed up as our most recent Eco-Congregation! Here’s where they are!
We look forward to hearing what they get up to in 2017!
Would your congregation like to receive wider recognition for its environmental work?
The Church Times has launched a new award with five categories – The Green Building Award, The Green Congregation Award, The Biodiversity Award, The Green Champion Award and The Green Shoots Award. Entries will be featured in the Church Times throughout the year until the award ceremony at Lambeth Palace in October.
Congregations in Scotland can apply. This is not an annual award, the last one was ten years ago, so it is something to consider applying for soon.
For further information and details on the categories click here.