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Facing the Reality of a Changing Climate.
As people of hope, how can we respond?
A unique opportunity to hear Katharine Hayhoe from North America, an evangelical Christian and climate scientist named in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World 2014 and Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders. She will be in conversation with Alastair McIntosh, Scotland’s celebrated author and human ecologist, in a discussion chaired by leading mediator John Sturrock QC, at CCE The King’s Hall, Edinburgh November 19th at 7pm.
Climate change is one of the most hotly debated issues today. And between Trump, political posturing and increasing climate disasters, it can be really hard to know how to respond… and all too easy to look away. Is the evidence solid? Are proposed solutions viable? And what does it ask of us as people of hope and faith?
This important conversation between two of the world’s highest profile climate leaders, both Christians, will untangle the issues behind global warming and our awareness, highlighting the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions at this crucial time.
7pm – 8.30pm Sunday 19th November
CCE King’s Hall
41a South Clerk Street
Sign up to attend using our Facebook event here.
Sponsored by Tearfund, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Core Solutions.
Co-ordinated by copywriter and author Liz MacWhirter.
More about Katharine Hayhoe here.
There was a strong turnout for the recent Edinburgh Network event on food security in Scotland. Olga Bloemen of Nourish Scotland spoke on food security and the forthcoming Good Food Nation Bill which is expected to come to the Scottish Parliament. Then along with Andy Wightman MSP and Olga took part in a lively question and answer session. The whole event was preceded by a feast of locally produced food.
Many Eco-Congregations display their award plaques inside their building but some do so outdoors. Those entering, leaving or passing by St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Morningside, Edinburgh, now know that this is a church with not one but two Eco-Congregation Scotland awards.
A lecture by Andy Atkins
The environment is in trouble, from climate change, through species loss, to air pollution. We need to roll out solutions urgently and at scale, and enlist sectors of society which could accelerate progress. Could the UK churches be one? And if so, what would it take to bring that about?
Andy Atkins, an experienced charity campaigner and Christian will take a hard-nosed look at these questions examining the biblical mandate for action, the actual potential, significant challenges and opportunities. He’ll draw on his insider knowledge of key campaigns such as the unprecedented 2005 Make Poverty History campaign, and Friends of the Earth’s successful Bee Cause, and propose next steps and challenges to Christians, Church leaders and politicians alike.
Date and Time
Fri 19 May 2017
19:45 – 21:45 BST
Scottish Storytelling Centre
43-45 High St
For further details and tickets click here.
On the 19th of May, Andy Atkins will be doing a lecture on Mobilising Churches on the environment as part of the Faith Communities and Environmental Activism Conference. You can sign up for the event here
Resources for Edinburgh:
Energy Saving Trust in South East Scotland
For advice on energy efficiency and reducing energy bills or to simply check if you are entitled to any government grants, please don’t hesitate to contact the Community Liaison Officer for your area, Dagmara Opilka. You can contact her on:
Direct line: 0131 468 8682 | Helpline: 0800 512 012.
Complete and send the Referral Form to check if you are eligible for financial support.
Dagmara has offered to arrange a meeting or a talk to discuss the available services from the Energy Saving Trust. For more information click on the leaflet link Home Energy Scotland.