Baton Relay

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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:DSC_0064b
  • 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 manager@ecocongregationscotland.org (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:

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If you see the baton, tell us where it is, hashtag: #cop21baton


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    There are a few days left to apply if you’re looking for financial help towards biodiversity and outdoor projects! Get your skates on!

    Established in 2015, the Postcode Local Trust provides grants to projects that are beneficial to local areas. It offers funding for outdoor projects related to play areas, green spaces, sustainable energy and conservation. Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

    The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:

    • Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials.
    • Outdoor education and heritage.
    • Green energy projects and flood prevention.

    Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Only registered charities can apply for grants of up to £20,000. The maximum grant for groups that are not formally registered as a charity is £2,000.

    There is a two-step application process.

    Stage 1 applications will be accepted from 1 August to 15 August 2018.

    http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/applying-for-a-grant

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  • Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants

    Anyone looking for small grants towards their church conservation project? We’d particularly suggest checking this out if you’re taking part in the Faith Action for Nature project.

    Grab A Grant!  As the blistering hot summer starts fading into a more recognisable Scottish pattern, now is the time to start thinking about preparing your local outdoor green spaces for Autumn and Winter.   Volunteering Matters Action Earth grants of £250 are available to any group of volunteers who are carrying out practical conservation, biodiversity work and habitat creation. We also have a VERY LIMITED number of Enhanced Health Grants of £500 for projects providing substantial health benefits. All Projects must complete by December  1st 2018.
    To get started, click this link to REGISTER.
    For more information visit our website at https://volunteeringmatters.org.uk/project/action-earth/

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  • Good Money Week 2018

    Good Money Week is a campaign to show you there are sustainable and ethical options when it comes to your bank, pension, savings and investments.

    At this year’s Good Money Week conference on we will provide you with an opportunity to consider how your faith, values and finances interact. Learn how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to positive decisions about our money and how we can help ensure a sustainable world now and in the future.

    Date: 9:30 – 13:30, Wednesday 3 October 2018

    Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX

    The conference will be chaired by Wendy Young from Christian Aid Scotland. There will be a keynote address on intergenerational justice from Christopher Stockwell (ECCR), and you will have the opportunity to take part in workshop sessions looking at the Climate Change and Education SDGs followed by a Q&A panel discussion.

    Confirmed workshop: Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union with Young Scot and Prosper Social Finance – more follow.

    The event is free and open to the public. Delegates are also invited to join us for a complimentary buffet lunch.

    Partners: Church of Scotland, ECCR, EthicalFutures, Anderson MacPhie Financial Services, Oikocredit, Christian Aid Scotland, Triodos Bank, Scotwest Credit Union

    Sponsored by: Triodos Bank, EthicalFutures and Anderson MacPhie Financial Services

    For more information and booking click here

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    A group of 7 of us associated with Selkirk Parish Church arranged to meet with our MSP, Rachael Hamilton, at one of her surgeries last week.  We explained why we were concerned about climate change, and urged her to press for an even stronger Climate Bill.  She listened to what we had to say, and commented than “no constituent had ever raised the issue of climate change” with her before.  After half an hour of discussions with her, we left her (and her MP colleague, John Lamont) to ponder what we had said.

    Some of us hope to continue the conversation with her at the Mass Lobby on 19th September.  We encourage you to do the same.  You can sign up at https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/mass-climate-lobby.

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    Within Selkirk Parish Church, we are committed to caring for God’s creation.  We can no longer wait for the Church or Scotland to act in this matter, so we are taking our own small steps to make ourselves “fossil free”.  Withdrawing our funds is one step in this journey that we are able to make now, and therefore we are doing so.  We hope that other congregations may follow our example.”

    The congregation may instead invest the cash released in an ethical fund, or use it towards employing a Children and Families Worker.  As their letter concludes, “we consider this to be a much better way to invest for growth in God’s Kingdom.”

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