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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
- 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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If a building this old can have them, then many other churches could consider it:
Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is encouraging churches of all kinds to sign up to Eco-Congregation Scotland.
(The following article has been sent to the magazines of all the main Christian denominations in Scotland).
Scotland’s Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham is encouraging churches of all kinds to help tackle climate change by signing up to Eco-Congregation Scotland.
The organisation, which provides advice, support and information on making churches more sustainable and environmentally friendly, currently runs a network of 372 eco-congregations.
The organisation also pairs up new congregations with more-experienced churches and recognises excellence in sustainability through its awards scheme.
With the Scottish Government working to progress its world leading low carbon ambitions, Ms Cunningham says eco-congregations have a key role to play.
“Scotland has set an example to the world by exceeding its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets six years early, but we cannot be complacent and must work with a wide range of partners to build on the strong progress we have made.
“The Eco-Congregation Scotland network is playing an important role engaging with local communities and showing that small individual actions can have a big impact on tackling climate change.
“I would encourage all congregations to consider signing up for free to receive an environmental audit and advice on cutting down emissions, as eco-congregations can help us protect our environment and planet for future generations.”
More information is available at: http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/
As another step towards a Scotland that cares for God’s creation, we’re pleased to see beavers finally given native species status after a long reintroduction program in Scotland. Jonathan Hughes, the SWT’s chief executive has called the decision to let beavers roam free “a major milestone for Scotland’s wildlife” . Read the news story here.
Leadership on climate action is coming from the poorest, and we need to fall in line. Read about the countries aiming for 100% renewable energy and why that is interesting.
Join us in welcoming Elim Christian Center and Glasgow St. Paul’s Church as they join the growing number of Eco-Congregations across Scotland!