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Glasgow's SECC and Hydro campus will host CoP26
As a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic, the CoP Bureau of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) and the UK and Italian governments have agreed to postpone the CoP26 climate change conference, due to have been held in Glasgow in November 2020.
Responding to the news, Eco-Congregation Scotland chair Mary Sweetland said:
"We understand absolutely the need to postpone the climate conference in the face of a dire emergency but strongly support the conference being held in Glasgow as soon as is possible in 2021."
"Churches and other faith groups around the world have responded to the immediate crisis with practical action, compassion and love. We must build on this to ensure that after the pandemic we work to build a country and a world where we care for each other and for creation. The UN climate conference is a critical part of that response."
"Eco-Congregation Scotland will continue to work positively with churches and other faith groups across Scotland and around the world to make the climate conference in Glasgow a success in 2021."
Eco-Congregation Scotland is already linking regularly with local and national partners, to encourage hospitality with a warm welcome for visitors attending CoP26 and a legacy of transformational change to tackle the climate emergency at home and around the world.
Key partners include: Glasgow Churches Together, Church of Scotland and the Presbytery of Glasgow, Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scottish Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway, United Reformed Church Synod of Scotland, Methodist Church, Baptist Union of Scotland, The Salvation Army; Christian Aid Scotland, SCIAF, Tearfund Scotland, Justice and Peace Scotland, The Iona Community; Interfaith Scotland, Interfaith Glasgow, Edinburgh Interfaith Association, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Action of Churches Together in Scotland.
Please get in touch to join our work towards making CoP26 a success in Glasgow.
Mark the 21st of March 2020 in your diary.
Cadder Parish Church, Bishopbriggs, are offering an opportunity for you to consider your response to climate change. Come along between 10 and 12, to hear speakers from Eco-Congregation Scotland and Christian Aid, Scotland. Join in discussion and find out what other folk are doing personally and in their congregations in response to climate change.
All are welcome. To help with catering, please can you use the form on this page to indicate if you are likely to attend.
In 2016 Springburn Parish Church were awarded a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, Keep Scotland Beautiful.Continue reading →
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.
Where money and the environment collide! Is there a future for oil and gas and should churches be investing in it?
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.Continue reading →
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.
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If you would like to contact the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre, Nadia Winnick, Community Liaison Officer, may be a useful place to start. She can be contacted on:
Energy Saving Scotland advice centre | The Wise Group | 72 Charlotte Street | Glasgow | G1 5DW | T 0141 552 0799 | E firstname.lastname@example.org