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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(Click above for audio recording of Alastair McIntosh addressing our Annual Gathering in Glasgow, 22nd April 2017)
Around 100 representatives from eco-congregations across Scotland gathered in Glasgow on Saturday to take part in workshops and hear from our keynote speaker Alastair McIntosh. As well as the formal meetings there was time to socialise and meet people from other eco-congregations. We hope to have a full report soon, but feedback from participants was very positive and there was great optimism about the way our movement’s activities are growing, both in practical and spiritual work.
We have received an email from John W Carroll from Silver Spring Presbyterian Church of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania offering a twinning link with a Church of Scotland eco-congregation:
Our Presbyterian congregation is certified by the Presbyterian Church USA as an Earth Cares Congregation. We are looking to partner with a Church of Scotland congregation to share information and projects in a “twinning” relationship. Can you assist us in making contact. Our website is www.silverspring.org.
If your congregation is interested please email Adrian Shaw firstname.lastname@example.org
Eleanor Harris is organising three events in advance of the Edinburgh Council elections which might be of interest to Edinburgh Eco-Congregation Network members.
We will meet candidates in a local greenspace, and go for a stroll in the park discussing what local government can do for nature in Edinburgh in a setting hopefully more fun, friendly and constructive than the average political meeting.
The three events are:
18 April 6pm Inverleith Park https://www.meetup.com/Wild-Reekie/events/238855958/
26 April 6pm Arthur’s Seat https://www.meetup.com/Wild-Reekie/events/238856019/
2 May 6pm Saughton Park Gardens https://www.meetup.com/Wild-Reekie/events/238856055/
A very well done to them for all their hard work!