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Over the past few years, air pollution, particularly from traffic, has become an increasingly important issue. It has been linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, stunted foetal development as well as dementia and diabetes. It has been estimated that annually this is the cause of 2,500 premature deaths in Scotland and around 300 in Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council is committed to introducing a Low Emission Zone into the city centre, in line with the Scottish Government’s promise to have Scotland’s first LEZ in operation by 2018. Initial proposals were tabled at the beginning of September and this has been backed up by the Scottish Government in line with a current Consultation on ‘Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones’ which proposes the introduction of four such Zones.
A Public Meeting, organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland, was held in Glasgow on 2 November attended by nearly 60 people.
Barry Watson from Castlemilk Parish Church attended the meeting and you can read his full report here.
City Centre LEZ report:
Barry’s personal submission to the council:
Levels of air pollution in Glasgow are breaking safety standards. Pollution has been linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, stunted foetal development as well as dementia and diabetes.
Glasgow City Council is commited to introducing a Low Emission Zone into the city, in line with the Scottish Government’s promise to have Scotland’s first LEZ in operation by 2018.
How do we make sure that the first Low Emission Zone is delivered on time, is ambitious enough to improve air quality, and delivered in a fair way?
Hear and debate the issues with campaigners and Councillors and members of the community.
3 short talks, and a panel Q & A, chaired by Friends of the Earth Glasgow’s Roger Downie
- Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction
- Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland
- David McColgan, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation Scotland
- Jill Murie, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Doors open at 6:30 for a 7:00 start. Ends at 8:30
Hosted by Friends of the Earth Glasgow and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Details of location and booking can be found here.
The assessors particularly identified the following for commendation:
❖ the extent to which care for the earth has been integrated into the worship of the congregation
(clearly not something that is done just once a year);
❖ contacts outwith the immediate congregation seem to be wide and close, particularly with
Christian Aid and with Lamboi in India;
❖ attempts to reach out to the local community, and wonder if this could be extended to include
the likes of the Community Garden;
❖ the church’s weekly information sheet is clearly a very important source of communication not
just to church members but, more importantly, to the general public, and should be made
available to all centre users during the week;
❖ the use of website/Facebook – it is hoped that gaining the eco-award will figure prominently
Congratulations to Inverkip Parish Church on achiving their First Award! They were commended for their ‘enthusiastic team, who are capable of pushing further improvement following recommendations, an asset to the community.’
In case you missed it, the congregation has been shortlisted to receive a Church Times Green Church Award.
We’re always looking for new ways Eco-Congregations can get involved in the wider environmental movement and recently we’ve been talking to RSPB Scotland about the Glasgow ‘Wild-Fest‘ and plans to celebrate the spirit of the Garden Festival on its 30th Anniversary in 2018.
RSPB Scotland will be working with partners, organisations and community gardens right across the city, and holding events suitable for all ages and a wide range of interests. They’re inviting Eco-Congregations across the city to join them!
As part of Wildfest this year (see image), there are opportunities to join in with the bioblitz in Glasgow Botanic Gardens, or enjoy a picnic to live chamber music at the Hidden Gardens. Take a walk through Partick to find out more about the project to save Glasgow’s house sparrows, or take part in a bat walk, minibeast hunts, and more.
You don’t need to know anything about wildlife, and you certainly don’t need to own a pair of binoculars!
In 2018, RSPB Scotland is looking to reignite the spirit of the Garden Festival with a big event and is eager Eco-Congregations who wish to take part to get in touch and help shape it. We’re certainly keen for congregations to show-case how the church is caring for creation and participate in bringing the festival together.
We’ll be setting up a local meeting in Glasgow later this year and we encourage anyone who is interested to come along. It is an opportunity to meet people of other eco-congregations in the area as well as hear about the Wild-Fest project and how your congregation can be a part of the festival in 2018.
Events will also be taking place in Edinburgh, so if you are interested to know more about that – get in touch!
If you think you might be interested or want to know more about the plans, you can get in touch with David Bethune at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com