Category Archives: Fife

Food, Green Deal and Climate Challenge Fund Events for Community Groups

Climate Challenge

There are a number of FREE (or in one case nominal charge) events taking place in September and October that we hope you may find interesting.

Whether you are interested in Community Growing, the Green Deal or applying to the Climate Challenge Fund (or Junior CCF) the below events should help and support you.


24th Green Deal and Communities Event, Edinburgh (free to attend)

25th Growing Community Projects Along The Food Chain – Making The Links, Glasgow (please note, small charge)

26th Green Deal and Communities Event, Inverness (free to attend)


2nd  Climate Challenge Fund Project Planning Workshop for Ethnic Minority Community Groups (October workshop), Glasgow

10th Fraserburgh Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

10th Fraserburgh Junior Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

23rd Community Placemaking Workshop, Penicuik, Midlothian (free to attend)

28th Kirkcaldy Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

28th Kirkcaldy Junior Climate Challenge Fund advice surgery (free to attend)

You can book online (or email the event organiser to secure your place) for most of the events by following the links above.

The events have been organised by independent charity Keep Scotland Beautiful who manage the Climate Challenge Fund on behalf of the Scottish Government and a number of additional partners including Federation of City Farms and Gardens, the Energy Saving Trust and Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations (CEMVO) Scotland.

For the full listing of events please see the Climate Challenge Fund events webpage.

Finally, the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is very much OPEN for applications with next draft application deadlines of 30th September 2013 and 6th January 2014. Funding of up to £150,000/yr per project is available for community groups to run projects that reduce carbon emissions and lead to community improvements.

Why not check out the ‘project themes’ section of the Climate Challenge fund website to find out more about CCF funding for:

installing energy efficient measures in community owned buildings

providing energy efficiency advice

community growing

lower carbon transport

something different

Please don’t hesitate to contact Tim Mullens on 01786 468245, or another member of the Climate Challenge Fund team at Keep Scotland Beautiful if you have any further queries on 01786 468779.

Keep Scotland Beautiful is the independent charity which is committed to making Scotland clean and green, today and tomorrow

A chance to tell your Travelling Tales

Stop Climate Chaos

Would you like to give up your car or other high carbon transport for six weeks and share your experience with others?

Stop Climate Chaos is looking for a small group of volunteers from around Scotland to join its travelling tales project.  To do so we will ask you to try to use low carbon travel for six weeks this autumn and to blog about it.

We are looking for someone from an eco-congregation to volunteer. We can’t pay you but Stop Climate Chaos will provide help with blogging and with sharing your stories.

If you are up for this challenge and for the chance to influence Scotland’s great transport debate you can find out more at : or by ringing Gail Wilson at Stop Climate Chaos on 0131 243 2701

Eco-Congregation beach clean up on the West Sands, St Andrews on Sunday 16 June

The group will meet at 2 pm at the first carpark on the right hand side of the road immediately after the sharp bend (at the start of the West Sands) where the Swilken Burn passes under the road, immediately opposite the Links Clubhouse on the left.

We will be supplied with all the necessary kits (gloves, litter pickers, bags and tabards) by Fife Coast and Countryside Trust.  Refreshments at 4 pm will kindly be provided by Hope Park and Martyrs Church – a 5 minute walk from the beach.

Leaflet available for our Edinburgh International Science Festival Event.

As previously announced, Eco-Congregation Scotland is running an event on the role of faith in changing our behaviour towards the environment at the Science Festival.

An A4 PDF leaflet is now available to download and distribute or put on notice boards.

Click here to download it.

The text of the leaflet is as follows:

We cannot combat the effects of Climate Change without altering how we behave. With 2000 years experience in guiding people’s behaviour, what role can religious faith play in the future of our environment?

Journalist Lesley Riddoch chairs a fascinating panel discussion with Professor Michael Northcott from the University of Edinburgh, Professor Stephen Reicher from the University of St Andrews, Dr Rebekah Widdowfield from the Scottish Government and Morag Wilson from WWF Scotland with audience participation fuelling the debate.

The debate will take place at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd April in the Teviot Row Dining Room at the Teviot Student’s Union building, Bristo Square, Edinburgh.

Tickets are £8 (£6) and are available from, by phoning the box office on 0844 557 2686 or from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shop, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

Event organised by Eco-Congregation Scotland and sponsored by Action of Churches Together in Scotland.

  Click here to book tickets


Press Release – Faith Comes to the Science Festival

5th May 2013 – For Immediate Release.



Eco-Congregation Scotland is holding an event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on Tuesday 2nd of April.

The event entitled “Faith in the future: the church and our environment” will be chaired by journalist Lesley Riddoch and brings together psychologists, theologians and others interested in behaviour change to discuss how religious faith can be a driver for environmental sustainability. Four expert speakers will give their views followed by a round table discussion with audience participation.

The event is being sponsored by Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACTS). Scotland’s national ecumenical body made up of nine Christian denominations.

Gordon Hudson of Eco-Congregation Scotland said:

 “This event moves the debate about religion and science away from stale debates about the existence of God to the practical issue of whether religious faith can change our behaviour for the good of the environment and the future of our world.”

The event is at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd April in the Dining Room at Teviot Row Student’s Union, Bristo Square, Edinburgh. Tickets are available from the Science Festival web site, by phoning the box office on 0844 557 2686 or from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival shop, 180 High Street, Edinburgh.

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Press Contact:
Gordon Hudson, 0131 240 2274,

Eco-Congregation Web Site:
ACTS web site:
Science Festival Web Site:



Fife Network Meeting 18th February



Mike Small, Project Director with Fife Diet, has agreed to come on talk to us about the importance of growing and eating local produce in terms of sustainability, climate change / justice and food security etc. He will bring practical ideas about how people in local congregations could support local food growing initiatives and we are hoping to have representatives of Sustainable Cupar there to tell us about their work on local food growing.

We will also have time for networking, when we you can learn more Eco-Congregation and hear about the creation care projects going on in local congregations.