Images from the COP21 Coffee Morning promoted by Glens and Kirriemuir Old, Kirriemuir Fairtrade Forum and Kirriemuir Rotary Club. Local High School and Feeder Primaries put on displays about Climate Change and the Environment.
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Notes from the Angus and Dundee network meetings and divestment briefing paper are available to download.
This is a reminder to let you know that the Angus and Dundee network meeting is taking place this Thursday. If you’re hoping to attend, the topic will be: Should the Church be Investing in Fossil Fuel Companies?
Churches are being asked to look at their investments with fresh eyes because of growing concerns about the impact of fossil fuel companies on the earth’s climate. Adrian Shaw, the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer will lead a talk and discussion to examine this complex and challenging subject. What should the Church of Scotland and other Scottish denominations do?
Where and when?
7.30 – 9.00pm on Thursday the 8th of October 2015 at Glasite Hall, St Andrew’s Church, King Street Dundee DD1 2JB.
Presentation given by John Ferguson from EcoideaM Ltd on 26th September at the Local Networks Seminar. A full report of the day will follow.
The presentation can be downloaded in PowerPoint format here: Eco Congregation Seminar Dunblane 260915
This year’s Local Networks Seminar is being held on Saturday 26th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Please note the date, which is later in September this year.
The main topic for the day will be “After Paris – What happens next?”
The Climate Justice Baton Relay (see http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/get-involved/events/baton-relay/) has been a huge success. The Baton has been (double!) booked every Sunday, and many dates in between, since its launch in April until it departs for Paris at the end of November. Congregations from Orkney to Dumfries have taken the Baton into their churches, schools and community centres, paraded it through the streets, taken it up mountains and on pilgrimages to spread the message that now is the time for Climate Justice.
John Ferguson of the Binn Eco Park has agreed to start the discussion by giving us an overview of the issues and how these relate to what we can do in church and community. John is a Christian, who formerly worked for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is now running a ground breaking environmental business. He is an inspirational speaker with a wide knowledge of and insights into the issues. You can download a short biography for John here.
Trevor Jamison, our environmental chaplain will be offering some biblical and theological insights on the theme. There will also be time allowed for the usual exchange of news and views and networking between the networks.
For those unable to get to the Seminar we will be producing a Report of the day and consulting more widely on the outcomes.
The Eco-Congregation Climate Justice Baton got a mention in this week’s Arbroath Herald:
Knox’s and St Vigeans Clumsy Clowns Circus Holiday Club were privileged to have the Eco Baton with them during last week’s holiday club.
The Eco baton, made from recycled wood, carries the inscription – Time for Climate Justice – is travelling around Scottish churches as part of an initiative from Eco Congregations Scotland to act on climate change.
The baton will reach its final destination to the International Climate Change Conference in Paris at the beginning of December where over 190 countries will meet to attempt to negotiate a deal on climate change to limit emissions developed countries and help developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change and develop low carbon economies.
The burden of climate change often falls most heavily on the poorest in the world, those who have done least to cause it.
All week the children have been hearing just a little more about environmental issues and they have enthusiastically taken part in daily challenges such as reducing their use of electronic equipment to save energy and recycling their rubbish.
On Wednesday the Clumsy Clowns were very happy to receive a visit from the Rev. Dougal Edwards, the Moderator of Angus Presbytery who arrived on his bike from Carnoustie to hear all about the Eco Baton.
Rev. Edwards was very pleased to hear of their challenges and enthusiastically encouraged them to keep up this very important work.
Read the full article and see the photo here.
The first round of meetings for the Autumn Local Networks programme have been announced! More details to follow; here is the schedule as it stands:
Local Networks Seminar
- Saturday 26 September at Dunblane Cathedral, 11am-3.30pm. After Paris – What Happens Next?
- Wednesday 7th October 7.30-9pm. Eco Schools at Stonehaven South Parish Church
Angus and Dundee
- Wednesday 8th Oct, 7.30 – 9pm at St Andrew’s, Dundee with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church
- Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church
- Wednesday 23rd September 7.30-9.30pm. “Why Christians Should Care for Creation: Becoming an Eco-Congregation” talk and panel discussion at St Andrew and St George’s West Church
Esk and Tweed
- Monday 5th October 7.30-9pm. Community Initiatives / Recycling at Penicuik North Kirk
- Wednesday 9th September 7.30-9pm. Garden Project at Yoker Parish Church
Helensburgh and Lomond
- Wednesday 9th Sepember 7.30-9pm
- Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9pm
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.
- Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church
- Tuesday 15th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Moray Network in the West Meeting Room. Williamson Hall, Elgin. Speaker Grant Lawson from Moray Council on “Waste Matters”
- Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Perth Network at St Ninian’s Cathedral with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 16 September. Stirling’s Low Carbon Future with Morag Buxel at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling
West Lothian and Falkirk
- Monday 28th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm at Torphichen Parish Church with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”