This year’s Local Networks Seminar is being held on Saturday 26th September, 11am – 3.30pm at Dunblane Cathedral Halls. Please note the date, which is later in September this year.
The main topic for the day will be “After Paris – What happens next?”
The Climate Justice Baton Relay (see http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/get-involved/events/baton-relay/) has been a huge success. The Baton has been (double!) booked every Sunday, and many dates in between, since its launch in April until it departs for Paris at the end of November. Congregations from Orkney to Dumfries have taken the Baton into their churches, schools and community centres, paraded it through the streets, taken it up mountains and on pilgrimages to spread the message that now is the time for Climate Justice.
John Ferguson of the Binn Eco Park has agreed to start the discussion by giving us an overview of the issues and how these relate to what we can do in church and community. John is a Christian, who formerly worked for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and is now running a ground breaking environmental business. He is an inspirational speaker with a wide knowledge of and insights into the issues. You can download a short biography for John here.
Trevor Jamison, our environmental chaplain will be offering some biblical and theological insights on the theme. There will also be time allowed for the usual exchange of news and views and networking between the networks.
A full programme for the Seminar is available for download here. Places are limited please therefore book your place by replying to email@example.com by Monday 7th September.
For those unable to get to the Seminar we will be producing a Report of the day and consulting more widely on the outcomes.
Just a reminder that the new Environment and Sustainability Forum takes place next week, 3 September at the Inkwell, Elgin from 1pm – 3pm. The purpose of this new forum is to encourage a multi-organisation dialogue and action plan for creating the Moray we want; Prioritising the environmental issues close to everyone’s hearts and to share and celebrate the great work being done by the third sector in this area.
Are you or your organisation involved with the environment?
Do you protect it, enhance it or teach people about it? Are you all about renewable energy, grow your own foods or the green gym? Maybe you are all about transport, recycling, tourism, biodiversity or just have a love of the great outdoors….
Whatever your involvement… We are looking for you!
If you haven’t already registered to take part, please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Look forward to seeing you there!
The first round of meetings for the Autumn Local Networks programme have been announced! More details to follow; here is the schedule as it stands:
Local Networks Seminar
- Saturday 26 September at Dunblane Cathedral, 11am-3.30pm. After Paris – What Happens Next?
- Wednesday 7th October 7.30-9pm. Eco Schools at Stonehaven South Parish Church
Angus and Dundee
- Wednesday 8th Oct, 7.30 – 9pm at St Andrew’s, Dundee with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 30th September 7.30-9pm. Ethical Finance and Networking at Mauchline Parish Church
- Monday 19th October 7.30-9pm. Solar Panels at Selkirk Parish Church
- Wednesday 23rd September 7.30-9.30pm. “Why Christians Should Care for Creation: Becoming an Eco-Congregation” talk and panel discussion at St Andrew and St George’s West Church
Esk and Tweed
- Monday 5th October 7.30-9pm. Community Initiatives / Recycling at Penicuik North Kirk
- Wednesday 9th September 7.30-9pm. Garden Project at Yoker Parish Church
Helensburgh and Lomond
- Wednesday 9th Sepember 7.30-9pm
- Wednesday 4th November 7.30-9pm
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Highland Network at West Church, Cromarty – an opportunity to see their air source heat pumps.
- Thursday 1st October 7.30-9pm. Ethical Boycotts: Should the Church Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies? at Ardrishaig Parish Church
- Tuesday 15th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Moray Network in the West Meeting Room. Williamson Hall, Elgin. Speaker Grant Lawson from Moray Council on “Waste Matters”
- Monday 21st September 7.30-9pm. Network Launch at St John the Divine, Oban
- Monday 14th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm Perth Network at St Ninian’s Cathedral with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
- Wednesday 16 September. Stirling’s Low Carbon Future with Morag Buxel at St Ninian’s Old Parish Church, Stirling
West Lothian and Falkirk
- Monday 28th Sep, 7.30 – 9pm at Torphichen Parish Church with Adrian Shaw (the Church of Scotland’s Climate Change Officer talking and leading a discussion about: “Should Churches Invest in Fossil Fuel Companies”
Environment and Sustainability Third Sector Forum
3 September 2015 – 1- 3pm the Inkwell, Elgin
Is your organisation involved with the environment or sustainability?
Do you protect it, enhance it or teach people about it? Are you all about renewable energy, grow your own food or the green gym? Maybe you are all about transport, recycling, tourism, biodiversity or just have a love of the great outdoors….
tsiMORAY in collaboration with REAP and Moray Food Network are excited to announce and invite you to the inaugural meeting of a new third sector forum.
Moray public agencies are well aware of the contribution made by Moray’s natural environment to the economy and wellbeing of our communities. Their decisions deeply affect the sustainability of our communities and of the natural and cultural environment in which we live. Thanks to initiatives like the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and legislation like the Community Empowerment Bill, there have never been greater opportunities for communities to influence these decisions.
A third sector forum bringing together people like you, focused on the environment and sustainability issues, will increase the opportunity for you and your organisation to:
- share learning
- inspire and be inspired
- celebrate your contribution to Moray’s sustainability
- ensure your contribution is recognised
- influence decisions affecting our environment and sustainability
- ensure third sector expertise and perspectives are embedded into local decision-making
- identify key priorities
- develop and take forward initiatives and coordinated action to enhance the natural, cultural and human landscape of Moray
- meet and network with like-minded organisations
- work together to help shape a sustainable future for Moray.
To register contact Mandeigh – email@example.com
The Climate Justice Baton was at Inverurie West Church on Sunday, (July 19).
Joy Doorghen, environment team leader at Inverurie West said: “At the beginning of December in Paris over 190 countries will meet to attempt to negotiate a deal on climate change to limit emissions from developed countries and help developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change and develop low carbon economies.
“The burden of climate change often falls most heavily on the poorest in the world, those who have done least to cause it.”
Joy passed the baton on to Richard Murray for the next leg of its journey to Whiterashes and Insch.
Our Cimate Justice baton has been touring Moray with Rev Jenny Adams of Duffus, Spynie & Hopeman church.
The baton visited Hopeman Primary School, where Jenny spoke to the whole school (plus some parents) briefly about climate change, about making things fair, and about the baton going all around Scotland:
This photo is of the baton with chaplains and pupils of Gordonstoun School. In their morning chapel we explored why climate change is a matter of justice, and why the churches are involved – then we watched the One Million Ways and For the love of videos:
Here are a couple of pictures of the baton with the Sunday School of Hopeman, and them passing it on to the older generations:
The baton was also the focus of worship in Duffus church – and was passed around the congregation – part of passing on love.
The next Moray network event will be a visit to the Findhorn Foundation on Monday 8th June. We meet at 7.30pm at the Phoenix Shop at the Findhorn Foundation, The Park, IV36 3TZ (to find the shop: enter the Park, turn left and it’s the first building you come to). Please try to share car journeys, wherever possible. The Foundation is providing us with a guide for the visit and so there is a charge of £8.00 per person.
You can download a poster to print off and share with your congregation here.
Please let Margaret Warnock know how many people are intending to attend from your congregation by emailing her here.