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Ambition for COP26

Local transformation and global action

Ambition for COP26

Eco-Congregation Scotland is encouraging churches to consider local transformation addressing the climate crisis, supported by the new Community Climate Asset Fund – and global engagement by our volunteers as we build towards next year’s COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, supporting action by all faiths, wider civil society and governments.

Community Climate Asset Fund
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
11.00am – 12.00noon


Please join Eco-Congregation volunteers at the third and final Keep Scotland Beautiful webinar on the Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF), providing £3.5 million Scottish Government funding for local churches and other community-based organisations to tackle climate change.

The aim is to reduce usage of petrol and diesel cars, cut waste, grow local food and decrease emissions from community buildings. Fundable items include electric vehicles, bikes, energy efficiency measures in community buildings, polytunnels and raised beds, community fridges, tools or repair equipment and wood fuel equipment.

Grants range between a minimum of £1,000 and maximum of £100,000. Match funding is required for grants over £10,000. The application deadline is Monday 9th November 2020 at noon, but early submission is encouraged as funding will be allocated to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccaf

COP26 – Ramp up ambition!
Tuesday 3rd November 2020
4.00pm – 6.00pm

Register here

Join the second of three global sessions organised by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) – organisers of COP26 – bringing together representatives from the scientific, policy and faith communities engaged in climate change. This open discussion on the agenda for COP26 and what this means for climate action now includes panelists:

Bonn-based Lindsey Fielder Cook, Quaker United Nations Office Representative for Climate Change, is moderator for the meeting which is hosted by the Lutheran World Federation.

ACT AllianceLutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches participants at COP25 illustrate the lack of balance in finance of the global climate response, where most of the finance is put into mitigation, some into adaptation, but very little into loss and damage, even though “that’s where the people are.” They chanted: “What do we want? – Climate justice. When do we want it? – Now!” Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

This webinar will discuss what needs to be on the agenda of COP26 and what does it mean for climate action now. The postponement of COP26 creates a challenge to keeping up the tempo on climate action. States’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are not even close to ensuring global temperature rise remains below 2°C, let alone the necessary 1.5°C.

Inaction from governments is no longer an option. 2020 is the year when the greenhouse gas emissions curve must begin to fall in order to have a chance of attaining the Paris Agreement goals. Climate actions undertaken by states must contain a mechanism to compensate for loss and damage. Finance, technology transfer and capacity building for adaptation must be made available to least developed and climate vulnerable countries. COVID-19 has shown the world that there is finance available to respond to an emergency. The climate emergency needs to be met with the same determination. There is no real alternative – continuing to stall action will eventually lead to catastrophic loss and damage.

Thoughts for Sunday 1st November for Crown Church Inverness from Rev David Coleman on harvest and the work of Eco-Congregation Scotland: https://fb.watch/1tmUFLRwXQ/

We are again encouraging Christians across the country to join Church leaders in ecumenical prayer at 7pm this Sunday.

Our Eco-Chaplain also has his own take on Halloween!

Just & Green Recovery for Scotland – Week of Action

Join the campaign and meet your MSPs

Build back better

As we rebuild from the devastating impacts of coronavirus, we can transform our society for the better. Eco-Congregation Scotland is among 80 organisations calling on the Scottish Government to take five steps for a just and green recovery plan that puts people and planet first:

🚮 Provide good publicly funded services
💷 Provide an adequate income for everyone
🌳 Fund action to cut climate emissions and restore nature
🗳️ Strengthen democracy, participation and human rights
🌍 Support an international coronavirus and climate emergency response

We can’t go back to an economy that destroyed our environment and increased inequality. We must do our fair share of climate action, restore Scotland’s nature and create good, green jobs across the country. We can start that collective action now by letting the Scottish Government know that we can and must Build Back Better. If you agree, please join us in this movement: 

📧 Read our letter to Scotland’s First Minister
✍️ Sign the petition now to show the growing public desire for change
🎦 Share the video on Twitter and Facebook explaining the campaign

Please sign the petition today: https://tinyurl.com/jgrecovery

Among the initial 80 signatories are faith organisations Eco-Congregation Scotlandthe Church of ScotlandChristian Aid ScotlandOperation NoahQuakers in ScotlandSCIAFthe Scottish Episcopal Church and Tearfund Scotland.


We are also backing the coming Week of Action on 4–11 November encouraging Members of the Scottish Parliament to match words with action.

Supporters in every region of Scotland will be asking their MSPs to set up an online meeting with constituents during the Week of Action, discussing the need for a fair recovery that can create a more sustainable, equal world for all. Please sign up now to get involved:

Virtual Lobby: Real Change

This is a key moment with politicians and civil servants already drawing up recovery plans to deal with the economic fallout from the pandemic. The impact of choices made now will be felt for years to come. Now is the time to use our collective power to make sure that we really do build back better. We can only make change happen if we work together. Read more on the Virtual Lobby for Real Change:


Hundreds have already signed up and are now arranging meetings to speak to their local politicians. The Virtual Lobby is your opportunity to let MSPs know how the pandemic has impacted you and what your vision for a just and green society is. Please join today:

I want to meet with my MSP

Once you have signed up, you can contact your MSPs and join your local Facebook group for the Week of Action:

Central Scotland
Highlands and Islands
Mid Scotland and Fife
North East Scotland
South of Scotland
West of Scotland

Join us onlineEvents and trainingHear more on the Just and Green Recovery campaign: 
Mary from Transition Edinburgh

Watch the webinar to help prepare for the Virtual Lobby: 
Speaking to Your MSP

Just and Green Recovery webinar
Monday 2nd November 2020, 7.00pm-8.30pm

Hear campaign representatives from Friends of the Earth ScotlandUNISON ScotlandWellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland and University and College Union Scotland speak about different aspects of recovery.

Just and Green Recovery for Workers
Wednesday 4th November 2020, 6.00pm-7.30pm 

Public event where workers from different sectors will speak about their industry and visions for the future. Politicians have been invited to listen and respond.

Artists for a Just and Green Recovery
Friday 13th November 2020, 8.00pm-9.30pm

Online after-party with artists and members of the campaign following the Virtual Lobby, with music, dancing, poetry and more.


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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – New Clothes

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP 26, due in November 2021, 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 a pack of resources to help congregations begin a series of  awareness raising conversations about the Climate Emergency and to encourage everyone to take action.

Throughout October the focus has been on a “New Clothes”. 

Fast Fashion. Inexpensive clothing, produced quickly so that the latest trends are available almost instantly on the high street. Clothing that may not be of especially good quality, and may end up being thrown away almost as quickly as it is purchased.

Low cost fashion? Perhaps the price paid at the till is low but what about the cost to the planet? Fashion has been credited with producing about 10% of humanity’s carbon footprint, employing poorly paid labour, drying up water sources – 2000 gallons of water are needed to produce one pair of jeans –  polluting rivers and releasing microplastics into the ocean as clothes are washed.

Second hand clothing and swap shops are becoming a more common sight on our high streets. Textile recycling is available in many locations, yet a lot of clothing ends up in landfill.

Conversation starters

  1. “Clothes make a man.” Do you agree or disagree? Why? Is fashion important to you?
  2. What do you do with clothes you no longer want? How have you reused or repurposed old
    clothes? Can you sew or knit?
  3. How do you feel about second hand clothes shops and clothes swaps?

Join us on Zoom, to talk and reflect on thoughts about “New Clothes”.

To register for the event please fill out the form below.  We will send you the link on the day of the event.


Climate Emergency, COP and Coronavirus: How do we respond?

Climate Emergency, COP and Coronavirus: How do we respond?
Tuesday 20th October 2020
7.30pm – 8.30pm

Join Church of Scotland climate change officer Adrian Shaw in online discussion hosted by Lauriston Jesuit Centre on “Climate Emergency, COP26 and Coronavirus: How do we respond?”

Adrian moves on from his Church of Scotland post at the end of October and will continue to support Eco-Congregation Scotland and Interfaith Scotland as an experienced and enthusiastic volunteer in the run-up to the COP26 Glasgow climate talks in November 2021.


Zoom Login Information:


Meeting ID: 236 509 2814

You can also view on Facebook:


For more information please contact: lauristonjesuitcentre@jesuit.org.uk