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.
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
To book your place visit the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland web site:
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:
Sign the petition here.
Over the next few months, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland will be out across Scotland with their members putting on Climate Action Workshops which you can get involved in! These free to attend workshops are an exciting opportunity to meet others interested in climate change, get to know more about this years Climate Bill and to find out how you can get involved in campaigning.
SCCS are also delighted to be working in partnership with Take One Action at some of these workshops to bring you a screening of Not Without Us, a film following frontline activists in the fight against climate change. Check the event page of the workshop near you to find out if there will be a screening and how to get tickets.
More workshop dates and locations will be added over the next few weeks so keep checking the website for our up to date list. You can register for tickets at the confirmed dates so far by following the links below:
These workshops will provide information about the Stop Climate Chaos CLimate Bill campaign and equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action. We hope attendees will feel inspired to take the message that we need a strong climate act onto their streets, communities and to their representatives.
In partnership with Take One Action, the workshops in Edinburgh (3rd June), Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness, Dumfries & Stirling will be followed by a screening of Not Without Us – following frontline activists in the fight against climate change for a subsidised cost of just £4!
Have you ever considered calculating your congregations carbon footprint? I recently spoke to Matthew Aitken of Dunscore Parish Church who have been doing this for the past few years and it is not as difficult as it sounds.
Dunscore is a small village which lies 9 miles northwest of Dumfries with a population of around 150.
Matthew told me that the congregation started doing this after the Church of Scotland General Assembly asked all congregations to calculate their carbon footprints in order to start reducing them. Dunscore started with the church and manse. The manse was similar to any other house and the church building carbon footprint was similar to a house, although it was not occupied as much. So, realising that the member’s carbon footprints were more siginificant Matthew decided to offer carbon footprint calculation to church members and the wider local community. To do this he developed a simple questionairre which askes questions about electricity, gas, coal and oil usage as well as travel. This is done using meter readings and car mileage, but does not include things like food and clothing which would be harder to calculate. Matthew collects the forms in, does the calculations and issues a certificate. By looking back on these people can get an idea if their carbon footprint is increasing or decreasing year on year.
Approximately 20 households have taken part over the years, but Dunscore given the size of the village this is a significant number.
Here is an example of a certificate and the monitoring form Matthew developed:
Download a Word copy of this form here.
Join us in welcoming Applegarth, Sibbaldie and Johnstone Church of Scotland, our most recent Eco-Congregation!
Chris Naylor, Director, A Rocha International,
Dumfries − Sunday 5 February
You are invited to hear Chris speak at morning and evening services.
During the 90s, Chris taught science in a school in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. In his spare time he enjoyed birding at a nearby wetland which he realised was of international importance: huge flocks of cranes and white storks moved through in the spring. Migrant waders, terns and crakes stopped off. Chris discovered that the marsh was in danger of disappearing, so he left his teaching job and became A Rocha’s Director in Lebanon, working with local landowners and tenant farmers so effectively that he didn’t just stop the marsh from further drainage – it got bigger and better.
He’s now based in Oxfordshire as A Rocha’s International Director. If you would like a better understanding of the biblical teaching about creation care, or would like to hear encouraging stories about what Christians are doing in various parts of the world to protect threatened species and habitats, please come along – you’ll be very welcome.
Where / when
10.30 am: How big is the Gospel? Dumfries High School (includes communion)
6.30 pm Is environmental care just a matter of survival, or is it really important? Dumfries Baptist Church, Newall Terrace (between the Railway Station and the Midsteeple).
About Chris Naylor
You can watch a 6 minute video here.
For more info contact Barbara Mearns (Mon-Thurs) 01387 710286 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Rocha is a Christian organisation engaging communities in nature conservation