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  • Big Green Coffee Morning at South Queensferry, Saturday 26th May

    Queensferry Parish Church are holding a coffee morning on the Saturday 26th May (10.00-12.00) about how not to use plastic. They will have stalls for the from Any But Plastic and the One World shop as well as information from Zero Waste Scotland, Changeworks, The Marine Conservation Society and others – so it promises to be very informative as well as getting a good cup of coffee in a non plastic cup!

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  • Wardie Parish Church celebrate Gold Eco-Congregation Award

    Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh celebrated their Gold Eco-congregation Award on May 13th with a dialogue about gardening. David Rae formerly Director of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is on the Council of the Royal Horticultural Society and spoke about the benefits of gardening. He described the satisfaction of growing plants, bringing improved well-being for the gardeners and the creation of important wildlife areas through interconnecting gardens. Wardie has recently started a gardening group for the small church garden and holds an Open Gardens Weekend in June. This weekend has become a popular social occasion in the community as local gardeners walk round a variety of gardens and exchange ideas.

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  • Climate Action Workshops & Film Tour 2018

    Over the next few months, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will be out across Scotland with their members putting on Climate Action Workshops which you can get involved in! These free to attend workshops are an exciting opportunity to meet others interested in climate change, get to know more about this years Climate Bill and to find out how you can get involved in campaigning.

    SCCS are also delighted to be working in partnership with Take One Action at some of these workshops to bring you a screening of Not Without Us, a film following frontline activists in the fight against climate change. Check the event page of the workshop near you to find out if there will be a screening and how to get tickets.

    More workshop dates and locations will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking the website for our up to date list. You can register for tickets at the confirmed dates so far by following the links below:

    Selkirk – Thursday 26th April
    Edinburgh – Sunday 3rd June
    Dundee – Sunday 10th June
    Inverness – Sunday 17th June
    Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
    St. Andrews – Friday 27th April
    Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
    Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
    Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
    Stirling – Sunday 24th June




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  • Climate Action Workshops from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

    These workshops will provide information about the Stop Climate Chaos CLimate Bill campaign and equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action. We hope attendees will feel inspired to take the message that we need a strong climate act onto their streets, communities and to their representatives.

    In partnership with Take One Action, the workshops in Edinburgh (3rd June), Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Dumfries & Stirling will be followed by a screening of Not Without Us – following frontline activists in the fight against climate change for a subsidised cost of just £4!

    There are nine workshops which you can register for today:

    Edinburgh, Quakers Meeting House – 21st April

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  • Three Scottish Eco-congregations share £518,000 in grants from Climate Challenge Fund


    Three eco-congregations have received grants from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund.

    Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to hearing about the progress of your projects.


    Granton Parish Church (Church of Scotland)

    Granton Parish Church’s Granton Goes Greener project will improve energy efficiency at the Granton Parish Church buildings by installing double glazing, insulation and LED lighting. The project will also create a Swap and Reuse Hub to save unwanted household items and clothes from being sent to landfill. Additional activities include the distribution of surplus bakery items from local businesses to a local school and offering led cycle rides and maintenance sessions to encourage a move from car travel to bike. A Climate Change Officer will work with the community to raise awareness of climate change together with advice on how to take action that can help tackle the problem.

    Grant of £88,734 (includes maximum funding of £29,912 from the European Regional Development Fund).


    St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee (Scottish Episcopal Church)

    The Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dundee will run the St Paul’s Energy Saving Challenge project to cut the carbon emissions of the Cathedral through installation of new LED lighting. The project will also help the Cathedral community, including the nursery and Junior Church, to raise awareness of climate change and ways to take action, with a focus on how to reduce energy use in the home.

    Grant of £150,000 (includes maximum funding of £58,240 from the European Regional Development Fund).


    Gate Church International (Independent church)

    Gate Church International’s Gate Church Carbon Saving Project will reduce the amount of clothes and household items landfilled by expanding their network of collection boxes in Dundee and finding donated items new uses. The project will also make energy efficiency improvements to Gate Church and establish a community fridge to share unwanted food items. Further initiatives include workshops where the community can learn more about carbon emissions and climate change.

    Grant of £183,744


    Tron St Mary’s Parish Church, Glasgow (Church of Scotland)

    Tron St Mary’s Parish Church’s Saving, Sewing, Sharing, Growing project will increase the amount of food grown locally, tackle food and clothing waste and raise understanding of climate change. Project activities include increasing food growing in gardens and schools, redistribution of surplus short dated food and provision of clothing repair and climate change workshops.

    Grant of £95,669




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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.