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  • Scapa Flow microplastics levels ‘similar to Forth and Clyde’


    From the BBC:

    Scientists have found levels of microplastic pollution on beaches around Scapa Flow in Orkney are similar to those in industrialised areas like the Forth and Clyde.

    Researchers at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh took more than 100 sediment samples from 13 beaches on Hoy and the Orkney mainland.

    Some plastic is believed to come from clothes which contain polymer fibres.

    These are not caught by washing machine filters or at treatment works.

    The micro-particles are thought to have been blown up the east coast.

    Read the full article here.

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  • Orkney Food Waste Prevention Week, 22-26 January

    Resource Efficient Scotland have teamed up with Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Zero Waste and Orkney Food and Drink to help businesses in Orkney reduce food waste, boost profits and do their bit for the environment and local community.

    Orkney Food Waste Prevention Week includes a food waste prevention training workshop, a ‘Love Your Haggis’ cooking demonstration, a webinar on how to redistribute food surplus to the local community and inhouse training to help you help your staff save an average of £460 a year.

    All the events are free. If your business is based in Orkney, book your place today.

    For further information and booking click here.

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  • Welcome Stromness Parish Church

    Join us in welcoming our latest registration, Stromness Church of Scotland Parish Church, who signed up as our most recent Eco-Congregation! Here’s where they are!

    We look forward to hearing what they get up to in 2017!

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  • Shapinsay Church gain Eco-Congregation Award.

    (Left to right) Mark Kirkbride (Eco-congregation), Kenny Meason (Session Clerk Shapinsay), Revd. Julia Meason (Minister), Caroline Bird (Church Secretary)

    (Left to right) Mark Kirkbride (Eco-congregation), Kenny Meason (Session Clerk Shapinsay), Revd. Julia Meason (Minister), Caroline Bird (Church Secretary)

    On Sunday 24th July members of Shapinsay Church were awarded their first Eco award by Orkney resident Mark Kirkbride, a trustee of Eco-congregation Scotland. Mark commented:

    “This award is in recognition of the significant steps that members of Shapinsay church have taken to reduce their carbon footprint and working with the Shapinsay school on environmental activity. It is very well deserved. I am most impressed by the commitment of all the congregation to Eco activities and including installation of air source heating and taking a significant part in Shapinsay’s ‘Bag the Bruck’ in collaboration with local people. The minister even drives an electric car!”

    Receiving the award during a joint Sunday morning service with members from the Peedie Kirk, minister Revd Julia Meason said “I was delighted to receive the first eco-congregation award today on behalf of the Shapinsay Church of Scotland. Over the last year we’ve worked on a number of areas of our congregational life and witness and are very pleased with our achievement. We’re a small congregation but we do want to do our bit for God’s creation. It is an important part of who we are as Christians.”


    Picture shows (Left to right) Mark Kirkbride (Eco-congregation), Kenny Meason (Session Clerk Shapinsay), Revd. Julia Meason (Minister), Caroline Bird (Church Secretary)

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  • Exciting new developments from the Local Networks Seminar 2015 – Report now available!

    The 2015 Local Networks Seminar took place in Dunblane on Saturday 26th September. This year the main themes discussed at the Seminar have been used to propose an exciting new way of providing web-based resources, which can be downloaded and printed out to encourage more participation in our congregations.

    After considering what other resources are available, the ECS Board now plans to invite individuals / congregations / networks, with the relevant experience and expertise, to contribute to developing and writing the new resources.

    Local Networks Seminar Report 2015  also lists a whole host of topics and speakers from networks all around the country (see Appendix 3). If you are not already involved in a network, take a look and see what you might be missing! Everyone is welcome at network meetings – you don’t have to be from a registered congregation. Full information about your local network can be found here.

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