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As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26 in Glasgow this November, 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 Let’s talk about the climate emergency, 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 March our theme has been Coasts and Seas.
Scotland has a beautiful coastline, offering a variety of seascapes from the wild cliffs that are home to cathedrals of sea birds to flat rolling sandy beaches with mobile dune systems. The coast has always had an important place in Scottish life too, for example Nairn was known as the Riviera of the North and was the must-visit holiday destination for generations from wealthy Victorians to family “staycations,’ peaking in the 1970s. “Going to the beach” has been a highlight of so many childhood memories, days spent making sandcastles on clean sandy beaches.
Marine pollution is now noticeable all along our coastline and also 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 – for example, fishing quotas lead to edible fish being returned dead to the sea and overfishing of sandeels has reduced a vital source of food for sea birds. 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.
Talk about a time when you have enjoyed time at the coast. How does the sea make you feel?
Do you experience connection to God at the seashore?
Have you ever found litter on the beach?
How do you feel about current fishing methods and quotas?
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