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Introducing our new Environmental Chaplain Rev David Coleman.

This year our our Environmental Chaplaincy project moves into its second five year period funded by the United Reformed Church. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev David Coleman as successor to Rev Trevor Jamison, who leaves to take up a pastorate in North Shields. David hopes to be with us in Mid August.

The Rev’d David J.M.Coleman BA BTh PgDip is a URC minister and a Member of the Iona Community, with exceptional experience in reflective photography, multimedia, and writing in the context of local church worship and mission. He has two late-teenage children, (and a cat), is qualified in theology, German,and electronic graphics, and has been riding electric bikes since the turn of the century, though he can drive when needed. He has worked with congregations in North Wales, Southern England, and the West of Scotland. With a background including the grassroots interface of science and faith, David is delighted to be looking forward to being part of the mission of Eco-Congregation Scotland at this challenging time of cultural transition and climate crisis.

 

Three new eco-congregations add their voices to ours

Eco-Congregation Scotland

Over the holiday weekend three new congregations have registered as eco-congregations. By registering, these congregations are making a commitment to address environmental issues in the lives of their churches and are adding their voices to all those calling for action on climate change.

The three new eco-congregations are:

  • St Josephs RC Milngavie
  • St Anne’s Scottish Episcopal & Methodist Church in Dunbar
  • Methilhill and Denbeath Parish Church of Scotland

Please join us in welcoming them to our movement.

This brings the total number of eco-congregations in Scotland to 430.

 

Masterchef winner helps you prevent food waste

[From Greener Scotland: your one-stop website for greener living, provided by the Scottish Government.]

It might surprise you to hear that Scottish households throw out roughly 600,000 tonnes of food every year. That’s the equivalent of £460 per household per year, or a total cost of £1.1 billion to people in Scotland.

That’s why Scotland’s National chef, Gary Maclean has come up with a series of top tips that can help you stop food waste, save money, and make Scotland greener at the same time.

Gary’s handy hints include:

  • working with leftovers
  • meal planning
  • knowing your labels
  • and much more

Check out the blog for more details, as well as a whole host of other interesting tips that can help you make food waste a thing of the past.

Photo Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2018 Photography Competition which was arranged as part of the run up to our Annual Gathering.

In total we had 135 entries across ten categories which were judged anonymously by two judges.

The winners are:

 

Biodiversity
Winner: Dolina Munro

 

Caring for Creation
Winner: Lisa Talbot

 

Climate Change
Winner: David Coleman

 

Energy
Winner: David Coleman

 

Transport
Winner: Susan Kirkbride

 

Waste
Winner: David Coleman

 

Farming
Morris Conlan

 

Urban Land Use
Winner: Graeme Wilson

 

Rural Land Use
Winner: Dolina Munro

 

Pollution
Winner: Pat McKerrow

 

Winners have already been contacted and their prizes sent.

Congratulations to everyone who won and thank you to all who took part.

 

Updated Data Protection and Privacy policies for Eco-Congregation Scotland

Dear supporters, you will already be receiving emails from organisations you are connected with about changes to data protection laws in the UK which come into force in May (known as the General Data Protection Regulations).

Eco-Congregation Scotland holds a small database of contacts for our registered congregations, award assessors and a few other contacts.

We also have a separate mailing list for our email newsletter. Some organisations have had to ask people to re-subscribe to their email newsletters, but I am glad to say that our system was already compliant with the new regulations so you will continue to receive our newsletter if you are signed up for it.

We have updated our policies on how we use your data and you can read them here:

Data Protection Policy

Privacy Policy

 

Sign a petition to introduce a standardised washable glass bottle.

At our Annual Gathering on Saturday Wesley Paxton from Annan told us about a petition he is promoting to try and get a standardised refillable glass bottle.

To read his idea in detail click here (PDF document).

This is a message from Wesley and a link to his petition:

This is my petition, I started it some time ago now, just before we got the suggestion from HMG plastic bottles should have a deposit. I hope you share the vision for this way to reduce plastic in the waste stream.

I created the petition “Universal washable and re-fillable GLASS bottle” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/universal-washable-and-re-fillable-glass-bottle

Sign the petition here.