Let’s talk about the climate emergency – A Low Carbon Christmas

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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – A Low Carbon Christmas

December 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP 26, due in November 2021, it becomes imperative that Scotland’s churches join the conversation and take action on the Climate Emergency.

One of the most powerful ways we can encourage change is in talking, listening and telling our stories. Eco Congregation Scotland has produced a pack of monthly themed resources to help congregations begin a series of  awareness raising conversations about the Climate Emergency and to encourage everyone to take action.

Throughout December our theme has been A Low Carbon Christmas.

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and the coming of the Light into our world. The streets are filled with coloured lights, shops filled with all sorts of things that advertisers suggest you must buy to make your Christmas perfect. Christmas Crackers, cards, wrapping paper, coloured foiled string, tinsel, decorations, garden ornaments, tree lights….

But how much of this will you be able to reuse and how much will end up in the landfill bin? Many of these Christmas “must haves” contain a lot of plastic and can’t be recycled. Are there alternatives to these?

Many of us will exchange Christmas gifts with friends and family. Will you have bought everything new from the shops or would you consider giving pre-loved items to friends and family? How would your child feel about receiving a second hand good as new bike? Is it ok to give second hand at this special time of the year?

Leftover turkey (and brussel sprouts)! How many households end up buying too much food for Christmas? A horrifying amount of food goes into the bin at Christmas time. Perhaps we need to rethink how we shop for our Christmas dinner and are there new ways in which we can use up our leftovers?
How can we reduce the carbon footprint of our Christmas celebrations?

Conversation Starters:

  • How do you feel about the advertising that surrounds Christmas? How can people access the true message of Christmas?
  • How would your friends and family feel about being given second hand, good as new goods for Christmas? How would you feel?
  • What changes could you make to the kind of things you buy to use at Christmas, to reduce your carbon footprint?
  • What kind of things do you make from leftover Christmas dinner? What are your favourite treats at Christmas?


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Date:
December 14, 2020
Time:
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Eco-Congregation Scotland
Phone:
0131 240 2274
Email:
manager@ecocongregationscotland.org
Website:
www.ecocongregationscotland.org