Please note in your diary a forthcoming event which will be of interest to many involved in eco-congregations (but also open to all).
On Wednesday 23rd May, at 7pm in the Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath Street, G2 4JP, Rev. Dr. Jangkholam Haokip (better known as Lamboi) will give a talk on “Christian Eco-Spirituality and its implications for the Post-Christian West”. Lamboi is the founder of the Bethesda Khankho Foundation in Manipur, NE India which supports disadvantaged tribal communities and run a children’s home and school, and has published a text book based on indigenous cultural values that includes creation care. He is at present Associate Professor in the Theology and Ethics Department at Union Biblical Seminary in Pune.
Three eco-congregations have received grants from the latest round of the Climate Challenge Fund.
Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to hearing about the progress of your projects.
Granton Parish Church (Church of Scotland)
Granton Parish Church’s Granton Goes Greener project will improve energy efficiency at the Granton Parish Church buildings by installing double glazing, insulation and LED lighting. The project will also create a Swap and Reuse Hub to save unwanted household items and clothes from being sent to landfill. Additional activities include the distribution of surplus bakery items from local businesses to a local school and offering led cycle rides and maintenance sessions to encourage a move from car travel to bike. A Climate Change Officer will work with the community to raise awareness of climate change together with advice on how to take action that can help tackle the problem.
Grant of £88,734 (includes maximum funding of £29,912 from the European Regional Development Fund).
St Paul’s Cathedral Dundee (Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Cathedral Church of St Paul, Dundee will run the St Paul’s Energy Saving Challenge project to cut the carbon emissions of the Cathedral through installation of new LED lighting. The project will also help the Cathedral community, including the nursery and Junior Church, to raise awareness of climate change and ways to take action, with a focus on how to reduce energy use in the home.
Grant of £150,000 (includes maximum funding of £58,240 from the European Regional Development Fund).
Gate Church International (Independent church)
Gate Church International’s Gate Church Carbon Saving Project will reduce the amount of clothes and household items landfilled by expanding their network of collection boxes in Dundee and finding donated items new uses. The project will also make energy efficiency improvements to Gate Church and establish a community fridge to share unwanted food items. Further initiatives include workshops where the community can learn more about carbon emissions and climate change.
Grant of £183,744
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church, Glasgow (Church of Scotland)
Tron St Mary’s Parish Church’s Saving, Sewing, Sharing, Growing project will increase the amount of food grown locally, tackle food and clothing waste and raise understanding of climate change. Project activities include increasing food growing in gardens and schools, redistribution of surplus short dated food and provision of clothing repair and climate change workshops.
Grant of £95,669
From Friends of the Earth Scotland:
Glasgow Council has just revealed their proposals to tackle the city’s toxic air pollution. But their Low Emission Zone plan is desperately weak and will do almost nothing to fix this public health crisis. LEZs are also planned for Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen so it is vital for everyone that Glasgow sets high standards.
Their plan is very unambitious. It aims for only 20% of buses to have the cleanest emissions by the end of 2018. This is despite a huge pot of public money being available to bus companies to pay for them to improve 70-100% of buses this year.
It also fails to give any clear timeline on when the Zone will apply to dirty cars, vans and lorries. This means people in Glasgow will continue to breathe in toxic fumes from traffic and suffer ill health.
It is really important that Glasgow Councillors get the message that they must improve these plans before they meet on Tuesday 20th March. You can quickly email members of the Committee now and encourage them to increase their ambition on air pollution.
Click here to email Glasgow councillors with your concerns.
Due to the adverse weather conditions, and very difficult travel situation, we have had to cancel our seminar “Caring for God’s Creation” which was due to take place in Springburn tomorrow, 3rd March 2018.
Everyone who registered is being phoned or emailed this morning to inform them, but we know that some people were coming who had not registered.
We are going to reschedule this for later in the year and will invite people to the new date.
Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland are holding a free seminar for congregations of any denomination who want to know more about becoming an eco-congregation. The event is on Saturday 3rd March at Springburn Parish Church. Here are the details:
Programme for the day
1.00 welcome and introductions
1.10 short opening worship
1.30 presentation on what ECS is and does and how churches can and should be involved
2.00 – 2.45 and 3.00 – 3.45 optional workshop on various topics (with coffee break between), each offered twice, so everyone can attend any two of them:
A: “Greening your church buildings” – find out about practical steps you could do to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of your church buildings. Workshop leader:James Anthony (Eco-congregation Scotland)
B: “Engaging your politicians on environmental issues” – find out how to meet and talk to your MP, MSP and other representatives, and engage them on issues that matter to you.
Workshop leader: Irene McKinnon (Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office)
C: “Going for an eco-award” – find out about the new Scottish churches eco-awards, and carry out a self-evaluation of your own congregation.
Workshop leader: David Bethune (Eco-congregation Scotland)
D: “Fossil fuels and finance” – a chance to discuss whether churches, pension funds, other investors and individuals should sell off their shares in fossil fuels.
Workshop leader: Adrian Shaw (Church of Scotland Climate Change Officer)
There will also be a short presentation about getting involved with RSPB’s “Glasgow Garden Festival” and “Giving Nature a Home” projects.
3.45 closing remarks
Download the poster here.
Over the past few years, air pollution, particularly from traffic, has become an increasingly important issue. It has been linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, stunted foetal development as well as dementia and diabetes. It has been estimated that annually this is the cause of 2,500 premature deaths in Scotland and around 300 in Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council is committed to introducing a Low Emission Zone into the city centre, in line with the Scottish Government’s promise to have Scotland’s first LEZ in operation by 2018. Initial proposals were tabled at the beginning of September and this has been backed up by the Scottish Government in line with a current Consultation on ‘Building Scotland’s Low Emission Zones’ which proposes the introduction of four such Zones.
A Public Meeting, organised by Friends of the Earth Scotland, was held in Glasgow on 2 November attended by nearly 60 people.
Barry Watson from Castlemilk Parish Church attended the meeting and you can read his full report here.
City Centre LEZ report:
City Centre LEZ map:
Barry’s personal submission to the council:
Levels of air pollution in Glasgow are breaking safety standards. Pollution has been linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, stunted foetal development as well as dementia and diabetes.
Glasgow City Council is commited to introducing a Low Emission Zone into the city, in line with the Scottish Government’s promise to have Scotland’s first LEZ in operation by 2018.
How do we make sure that the first Low Emission Zone is delivered on time, is ambitious enough to improve air quality, and delivered in a fair way?
Hear and debate the issues with campaigners and Councillors and members of the community.
3 short talks, and a panel Q & A, chaired by Friends of the Earth Glasgow’s Roger Downie
- Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction
- Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland
- David McColgan, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, British Heart Foundation Scotland
- Jill Murie, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health
Doors open at 6:30 for a 7:00 start. Ends at 8:30
Hosted by Friends of the Earth Glasgow and Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Details of location and booking can be found here.