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Let’s talk about the Climate Emergency – 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?

Join us on Zoom for an evening of discussion about how we can reduce the carbon footprint of our Christmas celebrations.

Monday 20th of December at 7.30pm

 

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Scotland’s Climate Week: Climate Conversation

What will life be like in 2030?

How will we all be living?

What changes do you want to see in your local community, and across Scotland by 2030?

Join our Climate Conversation to consider what our options might be – locally and nationally – in reducing the causes and effects of a changing climate.

This takes place during Scotland’s Climate Week (13th–19th September 2021),
when organisations across the country aim to promote the message that,
together, we can end Scotland’s contribution to climate change.

Climate Conversation with North Motherwell Parish Kirk Session.

The Scottish Government has initiated these conversations to encourage
a discussion about how we can reduce the emissions that cause
climate change and prepare for a changing climate.

Please register for the Zoom meeting link below:

Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Sharing the things you have

Tools and gadgets. We seem to be obsessed with them.

Have you any of the following items sitting in a cupboard, shed or garage at home: steam wallpaper stripper, powerwasher, long ladder, tree loppers, sewing machine, steam cleaner.

If you do, how often do you use them? Do they sit on the shelf for most of the year?

All these tools have a cost to the planet to produce- they contain mineral resources, and the manufacturing processes have a cost in terms of the amount of carbon produced in making the goods.

Are they items that you need to own or could you hire or share them with friends and neighbours?

A circular economy is one where we aim to make the very best use of the Earth’s resources and eliminate waste, by recycling materials, repairing and repurposing goods, and sharing tools and other items.

Join us as we talk about our relationship with ‘possessions’. How could we do things differently and reduce our impact on the planet?

Monday 30th August 2021,  7.30pm – 8.30pm via Zoom

Please register below to receive the link to join us for the evening.

 

Breathe – Fresh Air for All: Let’s talk about the climate emergency

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 – the United Nations climate talks due in Glasgow this November – we are calling on all Scotland’s churches to 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 “Let’s talk about the climate emergency“, monthly themed resources to help congregations take part in awareness raising conversations about the climate emergency, encouraging everyone to take action.

Throughout July our theme has been “Breathe – Fresh Air for All“.

We all breathe. Our bodies are programmed to take breaths in and out for us. Breathing is not a function that we are conscious of, until it becomes difficult for us. Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, talks about children enjoying the right to the best possible health, with access to clean water, good food and a clean environment to live in, and lays an obligation on richer countries to help poorer countries achieve this. Yet air pollution is a problem in many parts of the world, including areas of
Scotland. Air pollution has direct links to ill health and the presence of air pollution exacerbates health conditions such as asthma.

Air pollution comes from a variety of sources such as motor vehicles, aircraft, industry, volcanic ash and wildfires. Our actions and choices about the kinds of transport we choose and the goods we purchase can have a direct affect on the ability of children to enjoy their right to as good health as is possible for them.

  • Have you noticed any effects of air pollution in Scotland?

  • How could we reduce our demand for newly manufactured goods?

  • How could we make sure that our use of transport, goods and other services doesn’t stop children enjoying their right to as good health as is possible for them?

  • If you had to make one change to the way you travel or the things you buy tomorrow to help reduce pollution, what would it be?

  • Are there any practical actions that society could take to clean up the air we breathe? 

Download the July resource here.

Monday 26 July 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom.

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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Healthy transport?

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 – the United Nations climate talks due in Glasgow this November – we are calling on all Scotland’s churches to 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 “Let’s talk about the climate emergency“, monthly themed resources to help congregations take part in awareness raising conversations about the climate emergency, encouraging everyone to take action.

Throughout June our theme has been “Healthy transport“.

Transport emissions are Scotland’s single largest source of greenhouse gases, accounting for 36%  and only reducing 0.5% since the 1990s.

Where you live and where you work will make a difference to the kinds of transport you use. If you live in a city with good public transport links, that may be your preferred way of getting around. If you live in the countryside with few buses going near your home you may rely on having your own car or motorbike to get to out and about, even to go to the nearest shops. If you don’t have far to go from home to work perhaps you simply walk, roll in your wheelchair or take your bike.

Some types of transport have a larger impact on the environment than others. Engines that use fossil fuels have a larger carbon footprint and so do more harm to the planet than electric vehicles. Using public transport is better as one engine gets many people around.

Active travel by foot, bike and wheelchair is even better. It’s healthy for us and the planet too.

What transport choices do you make?

Download the June resource here.

Monday 28 June 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom.

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Coasts and Seas

Let’s talk about the climate emergency

Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Coasts and Seas
Monday 29th March 2021
7.30pm – 8.30pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/coastsandseas/

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 – the United Nations climate talks due in Glasgow this November – we are calling on all Scotland’s churches to 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 “Let’s talk about the climate emergency“, monthly themed resources to help congregations take part in awareness raising conversations about the climate emergency, encouraging everyone to take action.

Throughout March our theme has been Coasts and Seas. Scotland has a beautiful coastline, but marine pollution is now noticeable all along our coasts and in our rivers. Plastic bottles, cigarette butts, cotton buds, crisp bags and sanitary applicators form the top five pollutants found on beaches. Much of this waste enters the food chain.

Fishing is still an important part of the economy and identity of many coastal communities. However, it is not without controversy. Climate change will bring sea-level rises and more extreme weather, which will affect vulnerable parts of Scotland’s coasts and threaten the very existence of some nations and communities across the world.

Join us on Zoom, to talk and reflect on Coasts and Seas – you can download the two March pages on this link, or the full year of “Let’s talk about the climate emergency” resources. Breakout discussions will ensure all taking part in small groups. Now and in coming months – let’s talk about the climate emergency.

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/coastsandseas/

For all working in the marine environment, for the protection of the marine environment by all people and by politicians, for all communities and nations affected by increasing sea levels due to climate change.

Jesus,
you walked on the shore of Lake Galilee,
at a threshold of land and water.

You loved those who worked at that threshold,
calling them to come,
forgiving them their mistakes,
and sending them to share your love.

Rev Jenny Adams
Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Church minister
Eco-Congregation Scotland trustee

Church Heating

Church Heating – Practical Considerations

Net Zero

Monday 15th February 2021
7.30pm
8.30pm
https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/churchheating/

How do you heat your church?

Church buildings come in lots of different shapes and sizes, historic and modern. How will you know which kind of heating is right for your building? What are the practical issues that need to be thought through in changing a heating systems? What kind of heating system should you install in a new building?

What do you need to change to achieve net zero emissions? 

Responding to the Climate Emergency, the October 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland agreed to develop a strategy for the entire organisation to transition both locally and nationally to net zero carbon emissions over the coming decade.

In December 2020, General Synod members of the Scottish Episcopal Church also backed a motion paving the way for a commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Register now

Join us and hear from Andrew MacOwan – Chartered Energy Engineer and the Church of Scotland General Trustees Heating Consultant – as he shares his experience and talks about some of the practical considerations in looking to achieve net zero carbon emissions from church heating systems. There will be time for questions and discussion. Please register at the following link: 

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/churchheating/


Climate change impact

Christian Aid Gathering

Tuesday 16th February 2021
10.00am12.00noon
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/gatherings
Email to register

Christian Aid Scotland is a key partner of Eco-Congregation Scotland and we are delighted to encourage you to join the Supporter Gathering next week. Christian Aid Ethiopia will be sharing the impact of climate change, locusts and conflict on vulnerable communities.

There will also be a look forward to the COP26 climate talks and how we can all be involved in the fight against climate change. Email to register and receive the joining instructions: edinburgh@christian-aid.org

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/events/gatherings


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Join the Lenten Journey

What is the hope of COP26?

Scottish Catholic Laity Network
What is the hope of COP26? – Professor Jim Skea 

Thursday 18th February 2021
7.00pm8.30pm
Further information
Email to register

Eco-Congregation Scotland is pleased to support the Scottish Catholic Laity Network and invite you to join its Lenten Journey of discernment “to help us imagine the way in which we are being called to prepare a future that gives hope to all the children of our world, and their children’s’ children, and to Mother Earth.”

Opening the series on the hope of COP26, Eco-Congregation volunteer Margret MacPhail will introduce speaker Professor Jim Skea, currently chair of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission and co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III on mitigation of climate change. Margret leads the Eco-Group at St Ninian’s Parish in Professor Skea’s home city Dundee. Please email slaitynetwork@gmail.com to register.

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/what-is-the-hope-of-cop26/


Worship, reflection, prayer and action

Eco-Chaplain online

Eco-Chaplaincy open for invitations: however and wherever you are this year!

Rev David Coleman continues his work through coronavirus restrictions, engaging imaginatively with local churches as a visiting digital preacher. Please email the Eco-Chaplain to connect and work with your own church on dates throughout this year.

This coming Sunday 14th February at 7pm we encourage our volunteers and supporters to continue joining Christians in prayer across Scotland.

We are also now linking all our resources to Climate Sunday, the initiative hosted by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland encouraging all congregations to:

  • Worship – hold a climate-focused service before the start of September and Creation Time
  • Commit – take action as a local church community, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as an eco-congregation
  • Speak up – call for the UK Government to lead action on the climate crisis, signing the The Time Is Now declaration towards COP26 in Glasgow

Please email for more information or to register your own Climate Sunday service.

https://www.climatesunday.org


Read our new monthly briefing on COP26 and how you can get involved.

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