During a recent visit of the CTBI Environmental Issues Network to the Greyfriars Community Project in Edinburgh we had the chance to see how our award plaques are made. Greyfriars runs a project called GROW (Greyfriars Recycling of Wood) which turns disused church pews into furniture and other wooden items. The workkshop trains unemployed people in woodworking skills.
Here are some photos of the workshop:
Shop window showing some of the smaller items available to buy.
Display case shopwing some of the smaller work they undertake.
Tommy Steele explaining how the plaques are made.
Some pews are cut down and resold as furniture.
Could this be your award plaque?
Sister Ketherine Brennan of Eco-Congregation ireland with the plaques.
Take a look at this film from Adaptation Scotland to learn more about the changes in climate that we are experiencing and the responses of different organisations, businesses and communities:
You can also see short stories from projects around Scotland here.
This summer the David Livingstone Centre are hosting a “Picnic Praise” afternoon that has been organised by the staff at the centre along with Calderside Chaplaincy Team with the support of Hamilton Presbytery.
This event is open to all from across the region and particular encouragement is given to churches to make this an outing this summer. The activities are appropriate for all ages. Please bring a blanket and picnic with you.
•Praise Concert led by Fischy Music
•Play area for young children
•Tours of Museum
•Large park area
Sunday 23 June 2013
David Livingstone Centre
Today the Scottish government has published Scottish greenhouse gas emissions for 2011. They show a significant reduction on 2010 but just miss the emissions reductions target set under the Scottish Climate Change Act.
You can find a confident press release from the Scottish government here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/06/climatechangestats07062013
And a critical press release from Stop Climate Chaos here: http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/news/2013/06/07/scotland-misses-second-climate-target
There is a last minute opportunity to respond to the Scottish government , who are still considering future plans and policies to reduce emissions in years to come. To find out how to do this follow this link:
Recycle Week is a celebration of everything about recycling – the how’s, why’s and where’s. Now in its third year in Scotland, it is organised by Zero Waste Scotland under the Recycle for Scotland brand. It aims to encourage people to recycle more things more often by thanking them for their efforts and showing what more can be done. If you register your church you gain access to online downloadable materials you can use for events which encourages waste minimisation and recycling.
This came in today from the Energy Saving Trust. It appears to mean that the free energy efficiency survey used by many churches is no longer available. We will be looking into this.
Community buildings and small businesses – ‘Resource Efficient Scotland’
We’re getting a few enquiries from village halls and community buildings looking for advice on energy saving in their building, and asking for the Energy Saving Trust’s Building Energy Review.
At the start of April, our service for non-domestic buildings changed, with the introduction of Resource Efficient Scotland.
The Review is no longer available – in general – to organisations with a small energy spend, so this affects small businesses and most community buildings such as churches and village halls.
West Lothian Community Health and Care Partnership are holding a small conference on the morning of Saturday 15th June at Oatridge College. This is for anyone interested in taking on a public space in West Lothian (such as planters outside buildings and raised beds in parks or on the high street) in order to grow food, similar to the EATS initiative in Fife.