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  • Growing food at Springburn Parish Church

    Just some of the jams and jellies which have been made from the fruit produced at the church.

    In 2016 Springburn Parish Church were awarded a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, Keep Scotland Beautiful.
    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.

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  • 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.

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  • Take One Action

    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.

    Take One Action Website: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=5197023e68&e=4be6647e53

    Download the PDF Programme: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=33e3e62f3c&e=4be6647e53

    Screenings, events & workshops: https://google.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4649905fa6b3b959a29356c1e&id=6db706da16&e=4be6647e53

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  • Climate Action Now: Campaign Workshops across Scotland during June

     

    This is a big year for tackling climate change in Scotland as the Scottish Government prepares to introduce a new Climate Bill. In 2017, over 19,000 members of the public supported our calls for an ambitious Bill with the policies for Scotland to do its share in limiting climate change.

    Join Stop Climate Chaos Scotland for a Campaign Workshop to share knowledge and plan action on the Bill. We need to ensure the Government commits to a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a roadmap to reach that. So it’s time to start campaigning!

    These interactive workshops will give you more information on Scotland’s new Climate Change Act and how you can get involved in the campaign for climate justice.

    We are encouraging people from all across Scotland who care about climate change to come along to meet other activists passionate about climate change, engage with the new climate Bill and to get involved in the campaign.

     

    Dates

    Aberdeen – Saturday 9th June
    Dundee – Sunday 10th June
    Glasgow – Saturday 16th June
    Inverness – Sunday 17th June
    Dumfries – Saturday 23rd June
    Irvine – Saturday 23rd June
    Stirling – Sunday 24th June

     

    Booking

    To book your place visit the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland web site:

    http://www.stopclimatechaos.org/events/workshops

     

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  • Alison Thewliss MP presents Bronze award to Renfield St Stephen’s Church

    Alison Thewliss MP presents the bronze Eco-Congregation Award to children from Renfield St Stephen’s Church.

    We had a good time on Sunday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Glasgow Garden Festival and enjoyed being part of the Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival 2018. The event took place out in the patio where we had quizzes led by the Sunday School, planting bee and butterfly friendly seeds in egg cartons with the BB, some posters from Christian’s Aid project ‘Inherit the Earth’ in Bolivia, a stall selling fairly traded items for the garden and other environmentally friendly goods, and a great stall provided by RSPB with lots of interesting activities, information and face painting. The community champion at our local Tesco store donated juice and fruit, along with crisps and sweets.

    We were really pleased that our MP, Alison Thewliss, was able to join us. Alison spent a lot of time speaking with and listening to people and kindly presented the Bronze Eco-Congregation award to some of our young people.

     

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More information

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:

Nadia Winnick
Energy Saving Scotland advice centre | The Wise Group | 72 Charlotte Street | Glasgow | G1 5DW | T 0141 552 0799  | E nadia_winnick@thewisegroup.co.uk