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We had a good time on Sunday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival and enjoyed being part of the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival 2018. The event took place out in the patio where we had quizzes led by the Sunday School, planting bee and butterfly friendly seeds in egg cartons with the BB, some posters from Christian’s Aid project ‘Inherit the Earth’ in Bolivia, a stall selling fairly traded items for the garden and other environmentally friendly goods, and a great stall provided by RSPB with lots of interesting activities, information and face painting. The community champion at our local Tesco store donated juice and fruit, along with crisps and sweets.
We were really pleased that our MP, Alison Thewliss, was able to join us. Alison spent a lot of time speaking with and listening to people and kindly presented the Bronze Eco-Congregation award to some of our young people.
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
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:Selkirk, Selkirk Parish Church Hall – 26th April 2018Continue reading →
Edinburgh, Grassmarket Project – Sunday 3rd June
Aberdeen, Belmont Filmhouse – Saturday 9th June
Dundee, CCA – Sunday 10th June
Glasgow, Renfield St. Stephens – Saturday 16th June
Inverness, Eden Court – Sunday 17th June
Dumfries, The Stove – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling, Codebase – 24th June
Talk in Glasgow, 23rd May: Christian Eco-Spirituality and its implications for the Post-Christian West
Please note in your diary a forthcoming event which will be of interest to many involved in eco-congregations (but also open to all).
On Wednesday 23rd May, at 7pm in the Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP, Rev. Dr. Jangkholam Haokip (better known as Lamboi) will give a talk on “Christian Eco-Spirituality and its implications for the Post-Christian West”. Lamboi is the founder of the Bethesda Khankho Foundation in Manipur, NE India which supports disadvantaged tribal communities and run a children’s home and school, and has published a text book based on indigenous cultural values that includes creation care. He is at present Associate Professor in the Theology and Ethics Department at Union Biblical Seminary in Pune.
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
If you would like to contact the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, Nadia Winnick, Community Liaison Officer, may be a useful place to start. She can be contacted on:
Energy Saving Scotland advice centre | The Wise Group | 72 Charlotte Street | Glasgow | G1 5DW | T 0141 552 0799 | E firstname.lastname@example.org