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Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.

This morning the Scottish Government announced that Scotland has met its annual climate change target for the third year running.  By the end of 2016, Scotland had reduced its climate emissions by 45% compared to our 1990 baseline levels, well ahead of the 42% by 2020 target.

Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

“These statistics are hugely encouraging and show we have almost halved the greenhouse gases emitted in Scotland – underlining our role as an international leader in the fight against climate change.

We all have a role to play in that fight and I want to thank the households, communities and businesses who are working hard every day to reduce their own emissions.

But we must go further and faster if we are to meet our responsibilities to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

Our ambitious Climate Change Bill will ensure we do exactly that – by setting a new 90% reduction target for 2050 and paving the way towards achieving net-zero emissions as soon as possible.”

Responding to the news that Scotland has met its statutory annual climate change target for the third year running Tom Ballantine, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) said:

“It’s great news that Scotland has hit the annual target and reduced its climate emissions by 45 per cent compared to the 1990 baseline and is well ahead of the 42 per cent 2020 target. Everyone who has played their part in achieving this reduction should be proud.

Back in 2009, when Scotland’s first Climate Act was passed, there was no clear path to meeting the 42 per cent emissions reduction target and many were sceptical it could be achieved. Today’s results show that setting stretching targets works by driving innovation and strong policy delivery.  This success, along with support from the public, leading scientists and farming groups, should give the Scottish Government the confidence to aim high once again and set a net zero emissions target, by 2050 at the latest, in the new Climate Change Bill.

2016 reflects the first full year since the closure of Longannet power station, showing the big impact you can have by phasing out dirty coal and switching to clean renewables.

Scotland’s system of annual targets are an important opportunity for the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament to discuss what more we can do to tackle climate change. We need ideas and greater action from everyone if we are going to protect people and nature in every continent and country, from the effects of climate change. With the right ideas and action we can reap the rewards of building a zero emissions economy.”

The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund is OPEN.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) provides grants and support for community-led organisations to tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.

Launched a decade ago, the CCF has awarded 1,097 grants totalling £101 million to 658 communities, for projects involving energy efficiency, sustainable travel, local food and resource efficiency.

Keep Scotland Beautiful manages the CCF on behalf of the Scottish Government and has staff to support applicants and those awarded grants.

Community-led organisations not currently in receipt of a CCF grant are invited to apply for funding of up to £150,000 per organisation, per year for 2019/20 and 2020/21. The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest, the first stage of the application process, is 5pm on 3 August 2018. Current CCF Grant Recipients should contact their CCF Development Officer at Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Development Grants of up to £1,000 are available to support community-led organisations not currently in receipt of CCF funding identify and scope out potential climate action projects. There are monthly deadlines from June to August.

Keep Scotland Beautiful will be running CCF Information surgeries in June and July, where potential applicants can learn more about the funding and support available through the CCF.

All potential CCF applicants should refer to the CCF website or contact Keep Scotland Beautiful for full information about criteria, eligibility and deadlines

For further information click here.

Download printed information here (PDF file).

 

Climate Action Now: Campaign Workshops across Scotland during June

 

This is a big year for tackling climate change in Scotland as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new Climate Bill. In 2017, over 19,000 members of the public supported our calls for an ambitious Bill with the policies for Scotland to do its share in limiting climate change.

Join Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for a Campaign Workshop to share knowledge and plan action on the Bill. We need to ensure the Government commits to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a roadmap to reach that. So it’s time to start campaigning!

These interactive workshops will give you more information on Scotland’s new Climate Change Act and how you can get involved in the campaign for climate justice.

We are encouraging people from all across Scotland who care about climate change to come along to meet other activists passionate about climate change, engage with the new climate Bill and to get involved in the campaign.

 

Dates

Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
Dundee – Sunday 10th June
Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
Inverness – Sunday 17th June
Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
Stirling – Sunday 24th June

 

Booking

To book your place visit the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland web site:

http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/events/workshops

 

Two events in Edinburgh during June.

You are invited to join in an event the Church of the Sacred Heart are organising encouraging people to have responsible barbecues on the Meadows: Sunday the 10th June 3.00- 6.00pm.

Granton Parish Church have received a Climate Challenge Fund Award and are launching Granton Goes Greener on the 30th June from 12.00 – 3.00pm. This will include a clothing swap shop, bicycle maintenance sessions, poetry, children’s stories and crafts. It is hoped there will also be the chance for people to join a guided cycle ride or guided walk round the area. There will also be refreshments.

 

 

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Annual Meeting #oorfuture #climatechange

We attended the annual meeting of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland yesterday in Glasgow. Other Christian groups who were represented included:

  • TearFund
  • The Iona Community
  • Church of Scotland
  • United Reformed Church
  • SCIAF
  • Christian Aid

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland is a diverse coalition of civil society organisations campaigning on Climate Change in Scotland. Eco-Congregation Scotland has been a member of the coalition for nine years.

For further information click here.

 

 

10 Ideas for Summer Events

As this summer unfolds, why not think about organising some positive, fun outdoor events to celebrate God’s wonderful creation, or just to enjoy being out and about in it? Eco-congregation doesn’t need to be all about meetings, serious discussions and challenging actions!

So here are a few ideas for you to consider – either as network events, or local church events, or something in between – perhaps you could invite two or three churches near you to join you.

 

1. Outdoor Worship

Just go out to some nice place in the outdoors – up a hill, in a forest, beside a river – and hold a simple worship event. It doesn’t need to be long or complex or formal. Start with a simple prayer and sing a song. Then give everyone 5 minutes to go off in a group of 2 or 3 to find some natural item (stone, feather, blade of grass, leaf…) and when they return invite them to share (just a sentence or two) what it tells them about God, his love, his world. Then finish with another song and prayer. Good for all-age groups.

 

2. A picnic

Head out after morning service to a local park or beauty spot. If you have to go far, try to use public transport, bike or (at least) car share. Bring out the rugs, flasks, picnic hampers, and enjoy. Don’t forget to bring your litter home with you for recycling (and pick up anyone else’s litter that has been discarded around where you were).

 

3. Combine 1 and 2 – a picnic and outdoor worship (in either order)!

 

4. A nature walk

Get someone knowledgeable to lead a nature walk through a local park, nature reserve or countryside. Focus on tree life or flowers or insects. Listen, learn and enjoy. You could always combine this with 1 and 2 as well!

 

5. A cycle run

Work out a nice route that is within the abilities of everyone you are going to invite. If it is a very mixed group, you could plan 2 or 3 different routes, all starting and ending in the same place. If you live in Stirling or Glasgow or some other town that has a public bike hire system, then why not make use of that? You could make it a sponsored event, or just do it for fun, and maybe have a picnic or outdoor worship at the end point.

 

6. A visit to a renewable energy project

Is there a renewable energy project near you? Maybe a wind farm, or a micro hydro scheme, or a solar farm, or a friendly farmer with a wind turbine … See if they would allow you to arrange a visit.

 

7. A beach clean or litter pick

Sounds like hard work, but it can be great fun. Contact your local authority, and they will likely be able to provide you with collecting bags, pickers, protective clothing and advise you about safety issues. And at the end, do something to celebrate!

 

8. A pilgrimage

A pilgrimage is just a walk with a spiritual focus. You can do a pilgrimage anywhere, but why not walk a section of one of Scotland’s pilgrim ways? See http://www.sprf.org.uk/routes.html for ideas.

 

9. A garden visit

Is there a community garden in your area? Or a “big hoose” with formal gardens. Why not make it an outing to go and see what is growing?

 

10. A garden walk

Organise a “garden walk” – find 6 or more individuals who live within walking distance, who are willing to open up their gardens one afternoon or evening. Provide a map, and invite folk to wander from one garden to another, chat with the owners, and just enjoy the variety. Maybe one of them will provide teas and coffees (FairTrade of course, in environmentally friendly cups!). You could charge an entry fee, and donate to an environmental charity

Of course, if children are involved, you will need to take proper precautions, and ensure that there are responsible adults with them at all times.

 

I hope that you might try one or more of these ideas (I know some of you do these things already), or you may have much better ideas of your own. If you do arrange something, let us know what you are doing (a member of ECS staff or trustee might like to join you!) Don’t forget to take a camera along, and send us a report with some photos after the event, so we can share ideas with other groups.

PS If you are on holiday anywhere in Scotland, and visit a church while you are away, ask them if they are a registered eco-congregation, and if not, encourage them to look at our website and find out more about us. You could even leave them a leaflet!

Best wishes and have a good summer enjoying God’s wonderful world,

 

David Bethune, Programme Coordinator