After the initial Fife network meeting in May, the subgroup who volunteered to look at putting together an event to promote Eco-Congregation in the area have agreed to hold an “Eco Fair” on Saturday 18th September 2010 in the Old Parish Centre, Cupar.
The Eco Fair will feature stalls relevant to the theme (some still tbc!) including:
- Eco-Congregation Scotland – how to get involved and active!
- Changeworks – find out how to save your 5% (CO2) at church and at home plus information from local, community based carbon saving projects
- Eco Schools – the children will show us the way!
- Fair Trade – products to view and buy and advice about setting up your own FT stall. We also hope to have FT teas and coffees available throughout the morning. *Please let us know if you might be available to help out with this*
- Fife Council Environmental Services – reduce reuse recycle, what goes in which bin and where does it all go?
- Cupar In Bloom – gardening for wildlife
- A Rocha Scotland – an international Christian environmental organisation with plenty of books and resources to help make the link between our Christian faith and environmental action.
The subgroup agreed to undertake a big publicity campaign – we would like to invite congregations from across Fife to come and join us and find out more about caring for God’s creation! The event is open to all from church and community and we will be promoting it through the Eco-congregation Scotland database, denominational circulation and articles in the local press. I will be producing a suggested magazine article for September publications or for inclusion with intimations / church notices etc., which will be sent to you all by the beginning of August.
In the meantime, PLEASE put the date in your diary and help us publicise the event by inviting as many people as you can!
Climate change has been described as one of the most serious moral dilemmas of our times. Scotland responded to this challenge by passing the most ambitious climate legislation in the world, but is politics enough to tackle the scale and depth of the problem? Exploring both the psychological causes of climate change and its unjust effects – wherein those who have contributed least to the problem are impacted most severely – this event examines whether we should look to politicians, or to ourselves, to respond to the greatest challenge facing humankind. Join Kathy Galloway from Christian Aid as she discusses these issues with Alastair McIntosh, writer and activist, and Michael Northcott from the University of Edinburgh.
Christian Aid is hosting this event as part of the Festival of Politics on Thursday 19 August at 11am at the Scottish Parliament. The event is free, but ticketed. To reserve tickets, which will incur a booking fee, contact The Hub on 0131 473 2000.
St Andrew’s Church Arbroath registered as 249th eco-congregation. Welcome!
Welcome to Calderbank Parish Church of Scotland, who registered as 248th eco-congregation!
The Edinburgh network met on Midsummer evening in the Royal Botanic Garden.
They heard from Zeshan Akhter, Scottish Natural Heritage, about ways to promote biodiversity, both as individuals and congregations.
Later, Heather McHaffie, Network Co-ordinator and Scottish Plants Officer at the Botanic Garden, guided them through parts of the Garden.
A beautiful evening in a beautiful space – hopefully to be repeated next year!
St Columba’s Church Airdrie achieved their first Eco-Congregation Award !
Congratulations to St Columba’s Church Airdrie, who gained their first Eco-Congregation award.
Their particular achievements include – The great support for and participation in One World Week over many years. – The extensive practical use of Fairtrade products. – The provision for a wide variety of recycling within the church building – The enthusiasm for and commitment to the programme, which has become embedded in the fabric and life of the church.
Valerie Carson from Keep Scotland Beautiful writes:
Thank you for helping to make National Spring Clean 2010 such a resounding success!
For those of you who love facts and figures… This year 83,668 volunteers took part in 1,406 litter picks across the whole of Scotland during the month of April. That’s more than 1.5% of the Scottish population, who took action to clean up the country this spring. Amazingly, 891 schools and nurseries took part and young people accounted for 79% of participants overall – putting us adults to shame. If you’d like to know more, please see the press releases on our Media Centre .
The campaign has made lots of new friends this year, so welcome if you’re new to the campaign and thanks for your ongoing support if you’d taken part before. We hope to see you all again in 2011!
In the meantime, thanks again for helping to spread the word to your members, colleagues and contacts about how they can take action to help keep Scotland litter-free.
With best wishes