Eco-Congregation Scotland is supported by:
- The Church of Scotland
- The Scottish Episcopal Church
- The United Reformed Church
- The Methodist Church in Scotland
- Christian Aid
- Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund
It is endorsed by Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS).
Other Christian Environmental Projects
Eco-Congregation England and Wales ew.ecocongregation.org
Eco-Congregation Ireland www.ecocongregationireland.com
ECEN (European Christian Environmental Network) www.ecen.org
ECEN aims to enable the churches of Europe and Christian groups involved in environmental work to share information, pool our common experiences and encourage each other in being a united witness to caring for God’s creation.
A Rocha – Christians in Conservation www.arocha.org
A Rocha UK www.arocha.org A Rocha is a Christian environmental organisation working across five continents, the name coming from the Portuguese for “the Rock,” as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal. A Rocha UK helps individuals, groups, churches and communities think about their use of the environment, and develop practical ways to care for people and the planet, both locally and globally. A Rocha’s Climate Stewards www.climatestewards.co.uk enables people to reduce and offset their carbon emissions. Victoria Deschampsneufs is A Rocha’s Rep in Scotland. (victoriadeschampsneufsarochaorg)
CEL (Christian Ecology Link) www.christian-ecology.org.uk
CEL is a membership organisation that aims to spread awareness of environmental issues through the Church and Christian insights through the green movement. In 2003 CEL launched the “Operation Noah” campaign which aims to avert dangerous climate change (see link below for Operation Noah which now has its own staff).CEL publishes the Green Christian magazine, a News Bulletin and twice yearly Churchlink, a resource leaflet / poster to members on request. It produces resources, a daily prayer guide, runs an online discussion forum and organises events all of which are focused to encourage members in their “green” activities.
Operation Noah www.operationnoah.org
Operation Noah exists because God’s creation faces the most urgent peril, which, to be averted, requires a rapid and radical transformation of our economy and culture. Operation Noah welcomes all people of faith and none. It encourages Britain and Ireland’s churches and governments to lead the required radical transformation that will safeguard the whole of God’s creation while encouraging simpler, liveable and supportable lifestyles.
JRI (The John Ray Initiative) www.jri.org.uk
The Mission of JRI is to promote responsible environmental stewardship in accordance with Christian principles and the wise use of science and technology. JRI hosts symposiums and training sessions and publishes a range of material. Together with Christian Rural Concern and Keele University, it runs a Certificate Course in Christian Rural & Environmental Studies.
Arthur Rank Centre www.arthurrankcentre.org.uk
The Objective of the Arthur Rank Centre is to serve the rural community and its churches. In April 2004 it took over the delivery of Eco-Congregation in England. Another of its projects is The Living Churchyard & Cemetery Project which helps churches to enhance wildlife and its habitat in churchyards and burial grounds through conservation management. A range of materials is available meaning that there is something for everyone – individuals, communities, conservation groups and schools, not forgetting the relatives and friends tending graves.
Green Church (Grønnkirke.no) www.greenchurch.no
The Norwegian equivalent to the Eco-Congregation movement.
ACTS (Action of Churches Together in Scotland) www.acts-scotland.org
CTBI (Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) www.ctbi.org.uk
CEC (Conference of European Churches) www.cec-kek.org
WCC (World Council of Churches) www.oikoumene.org
Scottish Interfaith Council www.scottishinterfaithcouncil.org
Eco-Schools is a European environmental award programme for schools, it is run by ENCAMS in the UK. Currently operating in 23 countries throughout Europe the Eco-Schools scheme guides schools through a programme to involve pupils in decision making regarding the environmental management of the school. Schools taking part in Eco-Schools set up a committee to take action forward, and are expected to tackle a range of environmental improvements according to their priorities.
Energy Saving Trust www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
The Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, funded by the Scottish Government, provides free and impartial energy saving advice to householders. They offer a free personalised home energy report, illustrating how you can reduce your energy bill by up to £270 and help fight climate change.
Green Homes Network www.greenhomesnetwork.org.uk
The Green Homes Network gives you the unique opportunity to visit green homes or businesses in your area. Find out first hand how different renewables systems and energy efficiency measures run in real homes or businesses; hear about actual costs and savings; and get tips and advice that could help you on your way. The Scottish Government has also put together the Greener Homes Prospectus; full of handy examples of how to work towards a greener home.
COSLA Index of Local Authorities www.cosla.gov.uk/
COSLA is the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities. Use this page to find contact details for your local authority. Each local authority will have at least one staff member working specifically on environmental issues, who should be able to help you find out what it going on in your area and how you can get involved. He/She/They may be called the Environmental Strategy Officer, Environmental Planning Officer, Biodiversity Officer or Waste Minimisation Officer.
National Environmental/ Sustainability Organisations
British Association of Nature Conservationists Scotland www.banc.org.uk
British Trust for Conservation Volunteers www.btcv.org
Butterfly Conservation (Scotland) www.butterfly-conservation.org
Ecology Building Society: Green Savings…Green Mortgages www.ecology.co.uk
Fish Online – eco-friendly fish on the web www.fishonline.org
Forth Environment Link www.forthenvironmentlink.org
Forward Scotland www.forward-scotland.org.uk
Friends of the Earth Scotland www.foe-scotland.org.uk
John Muir Trust www.jmt.org
Keep Scotland Beautiful www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org.uk
Kitchen Canny Project www.kitchencanny.co.uk
Marine Conservation Society www.mcsuk.org
The National Trust for Scotland www.nts.org.uk
Plantlife Scotland www.plantlife.org.uk
Ramblers’ Association Scotland www.ramblers.org.uk
Reforesting Scotland www.reforestingscotland.org
RSPB Scotland www.rspb.org.uk
Scottish Biodiversity Forum www.scotland.gov.uk/biodiversity
Scottish Campaign for National Parks www.scnp.org.uk
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network www.scottishcommunitiescan.org.uk
Scottish Fair Trade Forum www.sftf.org.uk
Scottish Native Woods www.scottishnativewoods.org.uk
Scottish Wild Land Group www.swlg.org.uk
Scottish Wildlife Trust www.swt.org.uk
Soil Association Scotland www.soilassociation.org
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland www.stopclimatechaos.org/scotland
Sustainable Development Commission www.sd-commission.org.uk
Sustainable Scotland Network www.sustainable-scotland.net
Sustrans Scotland www.sustrans.org.uk/sustrans-near-you/scotland
Traveline Scotland www.travelinescotland.com
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust www.wwt.org.uk
Woodland Trust Scotland www.woodland-trust.org.uk
WWF Scotland scotland.wwf.org.uk
Regional Environmental Organisations
Advice on waste prevention, recycling, transport, energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust www.whaledolphintrust.co.uk
North East Mountain Trust www.nemt.org.uk
Women’s Environmental Network www.wen.org.uk