Dear Glasgow network members,
I hope this note finds you well, refreshed from summer holidays and not too wet!
April meeting 2012, Langside Parish Church: Thanks to Isabel and Iain Whyte for talking to us on the plight of the Palestinian olive growers and for bringing products to purchase & sample – quickly none left! We had a good turn out from members of our church plus others – maybe about 50 or more.
Following the talk we had a short meeting of the network group; I took over from Sheena and we agreed to get together to share ideas, decide dates & venues and to make-up a programme for the year. I’d like to invite as many of you as can attend to a meeting at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th September. We will meet in the “Upper Room”, please enter the church at the main hall door on Kilmarnock Road.
The church is easy to find, being prominent at 353 Kilmarnock Road, Newlands G43 2DS – just south of Shawlands shopping area, on the corner of Kilmarnock and Newlands Road. Easy to reach by public transport http://episcopalnewlands.org.uk/about-us/about.
I’d be grateful if you could let me know if you think you can attend, but don’t worry; please just come along anyway! Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions and if you’re unable to attend, please feel free to e-mail any ideas, suggestions or comments regarding future meetings of the network.
This year’s Local Networks Seminar, will be held at Bridge of Allan Parish Church on Saturday 8th September 110am-3.30pm – the programme includes a review of the changes which have taken place in Eco-congregation in the past year, info & ideas swap session and working with young people. Would anyone else from the network like to join me in going?
I look forward to hearing from you and getting together on the 12th!
Regards, Jan MacDonald
St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Newlands
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This year’s Local Networks Seminar, which will be held at Bridge of Allan Parish Church where we held the Annual Gathering earlier this year.
Here is the Programme for the local networks seminar 2012.
All the networks have been invited by email, if you are not the network contact and would like to attend please contact Margaret Warnock. Two representatives from each network will be entitled to have their travelling expenses refunded.
Wellington Church in Glasgow has received their 2nd Eco-Congregation Award. Congratulations!
Principally the award was awarded for:
– The emphasis on care for the environment as part of worship and the extent to which this has been linked to social, environmental and economic justice is exemplary.
– The recycling and resource use ethic, using the 3Rs principles, which are embedded in the infrastructure of the congregation.
– The strong engagement with the local community through your work with Hillhead School, consistent support of the local eco-congregation network and other church groupings.
Christian Aid are sponsoring the screening of a film about climate change at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow on Thursday 7 June 2012 at 7pm. The event is free but tickets are required. For booking information see the CCA web site here.
The poorest people are on the frontline of climate change. Their livelihoods are often dependent on subsistence agriculture and many such communities live in areas especially vulnerable to drought, high winds and rising sea levels. Climate change is adding further risk and unpredictability, as human activity exacerbates the problem.
Many scientists predict that with the current rate of global carbon emissions, about 30 million more people will go hungry in the next two decades as agricultural yields diminish, and between 1 and 3 billion people will suffer acute water shortages. If nothing is done to stem a rise of 2C in global average temperatures by 2050, 250 million people may be forced to leave their homes to seek food and water elsewhere.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in South America, with the poorest Bolivians being from indigenous groups. Yet while the carbon footprint of most Bolivians is tiny, they are already suffering from the effects of climate change.
In this film John Vidal reports from La Paz where Bolivians are living with the effects of climate change every day. Their president has called for an urgent 50% cut in emissions – action that is essential for the country’s survival
Join us for a screening of the documentary film followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A exploring the issues of climate change and poverty.
Sharing cars is a great way to drive less – and today you can enter a fantastic competition to help you do just that.
Sign up to the Greener Together campaign now and you could win one of five year-long memberships to the City Car Club scheme in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
By joining the Greener Together campaign, you’ll become one of over 13,000 Scots already helping create a cleaner, greener Scotland. As a member of the campaign, you’ll receive plenty of ideas, tips and prizes to help you live greener.
And if you win a year’s City Car Club membership, you’ll be able to hop in to one of their many cars parked throughout Glasgow and Edinburgh (or 12 other locations across the UK) and pay only for what you use. It’ll save you money (no more tax, insurance or maintenance costs) and by driving only when you really need to, it’ll help us make Scotland a cleaner place!
So sign up to the Greener Together campaign now and you’ll be entered to win free City Car Club membership for a whole year:
As previously reported Cadder parish Church received recently attained their second Eco-Congregation award. Their plaque was formally presented on 25th March by Jo Swinson MP, member of parliament for East Dunbartonshire.
Billy Gilchrist with Jo Swinson and Rev Graham Finch
Commenting Jo Swinson said:
“I was very pleased to present the award to Cadder Parish Church. The congregation have made the link between faith and concern for the environment, have undertaken practical steps for the church and carried out positive work within the local community.”