On 26th-27th September, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (of which Eco-Congregation Scotland is an active member) will be showcasing community-led initiatives to address climate change, tackle injustice and power the move to safe, clean energy we need. People across the country can come along to an event near them, learn about what’s happening in Paris, how they can get involved and meet others who are concerned about climate change.
SCCS members will be running four free training events over the weekend:
Dundee: Sunday 27th September
We will discuss how we build Scotland’s climate justice movement towards Paris and beyond through supporting community-owned renewables and fossil fuel divestment campaigns. We’ll also develop our skills using social media, lobbying elected representatives and other practical tools for sustainability.
Hosted by Friends of the Earth Scotland: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-paris-and-beyond-dundee-climate-training-tickets-18049704151
Edinburgh: Saturday 26th September
Grow your skills and inspiration; hear from other ordinary campaigners and get to grips with the building blocks of developing an effective campaign. As part of the To Paris and Beyond weekend of climate-related events, the workshop will include a session dedicated to climate campaigning.
Session run by WWF, day organised by Take One Action: http://www.takeoneaction.org.uk/event/free-campaigner-training/
Glasgow: Sunday 27th September
Hear about why Paris COP21 is such a vital conference. Get a sneak peek of what will be happening at the Scotland rally. Meet other people concerned about climate change. Learn how to use social media to get more people engaged in climate campaigning. Gain skills to engage with politicians about climate change.
Hosted by Oxfam Scotland: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/training-day-to-paris-and-beyond-tickets-18020032402
Inverness: Sunday 27th September
Find out the facts about how climate change is affecting wildlife and habitats and the potential for Scotland to do more. Learn about how nature can help us be resilient to the impacts of climate change and what actions we’re calling for. Getting involved has no age restriction and there is something for everyone from expert talks to family-friendly hands-on workshops to youth training for how to lobby your politician.
Hosted by RSPB: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/to-paris-and-beyond-training-day-tickets-18094026721
The Guide and Gazette published an article covering the Eco-Congregation baton relay, which reached Monifieth last weekend:
A specially made wooden baton, inscribed with an ecological message, appeared at Monifieth Parish Church during last Sunday’s service.
Jim Culloch, eco-congregation convener, said: “The Davie Family featured prominently throughout the Service, with Ava, Farrah and Mia accompanied by mum Laura and grandmother Avril.
“The themed Service was based on our Christian perspective of being respectful to the environment by promoting and contributing to sustainability and witness to our local community in, “Caring for God’s Creation.”
The Baton relay is travelling to many churches throughout Scotland before being taken to The UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, in December 2015.
Our photograph shows the Eco-Congregational Baton immediately after the Service on Sunday, August 2, at the Panmure Church Building, (Monifieth Parish Church), Panmure Street, Monifieth, led by the Rev. Dorothy Anderson.
The August edition of the Eco-Awareness Newsletter from Old And Abbey Church Arbroath is now available. This gives their congregation useful information and tips about environmental issues ranging from conservation to reducing their carbon footprint.
Click here to view it.
On Friday 12th June, Scotia Seeds’ Mavisbank wildflower farm will be having an open day, featuring guided walks around the meadows with their collection of over 100 native Scottish wildflower species. More information and a poster to share with your congregation can be downloaded here.
On 14 June there will be a Friends & Family Day: find out more here.
This event is free. For more details and to download a poster to share with your congregation please click here.
The Riding Lights Theatre Company will be touring a new show about Climate Change from a Christian perspective between September and November this year (see details below).
So far only two churches in Scotland have shown an interest, but if there is sufficient demand they might put on another week touring Scotland – from 16th November.
If you are interested please contact them via their web site www.ridinglights.org.
Booking is now open for the Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering on April 25 2015.
Eco-Congregation Scotland Annual Gathering 2015
Preparing For Paris
Saturday 25th April 2015, 10:00am – 3:15pm
Falkirk Trinity Church, Manse Place, Falkirk.
(Nearest rail station, Falkirk Grahamston)
Booking form (PDF File)
Booking form with full workshop, speaker and travel details (Word Format)
Aileen McLeod MSP, Minister for Climate Change, Scottish Government
Kathy Galloway, Director, Christian Aid Scotland
About our Annual Gathering
This December leaders from around the world will meet in Paris to try and reach an international agreement on climate change. Come along to our Annual Gathering to find our what the Scottish government and voluntary organisations are doing to put pressure on world leaders for an agreement on climate change, and how to make your voice head. We will also have practical workshops on making your congregations more climate-friendly.