In 2016 Springburn Parish Church were awarded a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, Keep Scotland Beautiful. With the funds 12 raised beds, 2.4m long and 1.2m wide were made from railway sleepers and a patio was also constructed. Glasgow District Council donated five tons of compost to fill the beds. The raised beds were mostly placed on the patio, with the remainder situated round one side of the church. In addition, apple and plum trees were planted on the grassy slope which leads down from the church. Blackcurrant, redcurrant and gooseberry bushes were planted too. Last year blackcurrant jam and apple jelly was made to sell at the Trefoil Guild’s annual coffee morning. This year 10lbs of apples, 4lbs of plums and 9lbs of gooseberries were picked from the growing area. It has been a successful project involving people from the church and open to other groups beyond the church if they would like to take part.
In 2019 the United Reformed Church agreed to sell its shares in oil and gas companies, the Church of Scotland narrowly decided against divestment at General Assembly and the Scottish Episcopal Church also reviewed its investment policy.
The debate has been passionate and sometimes divisive. We know we have to take oil and gas out of the economy quickly but how do we make a transition to a low carbon economy and what is the role of finance?
Join us to explore these questions; 7pm on Wednesday 18th of September 2019 at The Renfield Centre, 260, Bath Street, Glasgow.
TOA have just launched the programme for their September festival in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Have a look at the programme – plenty of food for thought… and action.At a time when concepts of truth and democracy are being stretched beyond recognition, the tide of political upheavals, environmental threats and isolationism can feel overwhelming. Our programme offers an antidote to despair and powerlessness. With community events, live musical performances and more than 40 films on offer, 60% of which have been directed by women, this year’s festival celebrates our common humanity and our ability – individual and collective – to bring about a kinder, fairer, more sustainable world.
We believe in the transformative power of film and are honoured to be sharing the stories of individuals and communities whose very resilience, tenacity and hope are radical acts of defiance. These include a Micronesian nation’s president’s urgent calls for climate action (Anote’s Ark), a young female Somali refugee’s historic journey to the US House of Representatives (Time for Ilhan), the unwavering strength of Spanish citizens demanding their country confront the brutal crimes of Franco’s dictatorship (The Silence of Others) and the Palestinian women whose grassroots organising was the unsung, beating heart of the first Intifada (Naila and the Uprising).
The films we screen and the conversations we foster do more than open eyes and minds: they are a direct invitation to reshape our world for the better – right here, right now.
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:
Alison Thewliss MP presents the bronze Eco-Congregation Award to children from Renfield St Stephen’s Church.
We had a good time on Sunday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival and enjoyed being part of the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival 2018. The event took place out in the patio where we had quizzes led by the Sunday School, planting bee and butterfly friendly seeds in egg cartons with the BB, some posters from Christian’s Aid project ‘Inherit the Earth’ in Bolivia, a stall selling fairly traded items for the garden and other environmentally friendly goods, and a great stall provided by RSPB with lots of interesting activities, information and face painting. The community champion at our local Tesco store donated juice and fruit, along with crisps and sweets.
We were really pleased that our MP, Alison Thewliss, was able to join us. Alison spent a lot of time speaking with and listening to people and kindly presented the Bronze Eco-Congregation award to some of our young people.
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!
There are nine workshops which you can register for today: