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What can Churches do for Climate Justice? – Climate Fringe

What can Churches do for Climate Justice?

In the year that the UN climate talks ‘COP26’ come to Glasgow, there are many ways that churches and people of faith can contribute meaningfully to climate action –  before, during and after. Join us to hear from inspirational campaigners from churches who have taken action on climate, how their faith inspires them, and find out how you can get involved in 2021.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is in partnership with Christian Aid, SCIAF and Tearfund for this Climate Fringe Live Event curated by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland.

Please sign up on the Climate Fringe link:

Live Events

Sacred People, Sacred Earth

Sacred People, Sacred Earth
Thursday 11th March 2021


On 11th March, grassroots people of diverse religions are coming together around the world for Sacred People, Sacred Earth, the biggest-ever faith-based global day of action to sound the alarm for climate justice. The Greenfaith International Network has ten demands for global action by faith communities, governments and financial institutions. You can watch a video and sign the multi-faith climate statement here.

Please join in from home – or even your church if you have access – by ringing a bell on the day, or even banging a pot or pan. Christian Climate Action is doing this at 12 noon in the UK, or you can join any time convenient for you that day. Please share your call for climate justice with us by email or on social media:

  1. Make a paper sign calling on the action you wish to see. You can make your own or print this link.

  2. Hold the sign in or outside your home for a photo or video with you or your household.

  3. Email your photo to manager@ecocongregationscotland.org – or post on social media with the hashtags #Faiths4Climate and #SacredPeopleSacredEarth tagging @greenfaithworld @ecocongregation on Twitter or @greenfaith @ecocongregationscotland on Facebook. Please say where you are too.

ECS day of action poster

Monthly Prayer Gathering

South Glasgow Network are hosting a Monthly Prayer Gathering in the run up to COP 26, which is to be held in their city later this year. 

The March meeting will be on Thursday 4th of March at 4pm via Zoom. 

To receive the link to join the gathering please fill in the form at the foot of the page. The link will be sent to you shortly before the meeting.


Carbon Cutter or Climate Marcher? Personal and Political Action on Climate Change


To help us all navigate the key issue of our time, St Columba’s-by-the-Castle is hosting  Change in a Time of Chaos . This series of online talks focussed on climate change takes place in the run up to
COP26 in November 2021. Speakers from a variety of disciplines will join us to stimulate thought, discussion—and change—as we consider the most urgent issue facing our planet.

Third Lecture

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Dr Rachel Howell, Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh

Carbon Cutter or Climate Marcher?

Personal and Political Action on Climate Change

A large majority of people in Scotland (79%) think climate change is an “immediate and urgent problem” (Ipsos MORI survey, October 2020). Why doesn’t that concern translate into more action? If we want to take action, what’s going to make the biggest difference? Is it best to focus on political change, or personal behaviour change? Can an individual have any effect? And what about the current situation: has Covid actually been good news for the environment/climate
change? These are some of the questions Rachel Howell will consider. There will also be plenty of time for you to contribute your own questions and thoughts.

Please register and invite others within your networks. Further lectures still to come in Change in a Time of Chaos throughout 2021.

Registration Link: 



Scottish Churches’ Webinar – COP26, Divestment and Investment in a Just and Green Recovery

Join this webinar to explore how Churches in Scotland can divest from fossil fuels and invest in the just and green recovery ahead of COP26.

As Scotland prepares to host the UN climate talks (COP26) later this year, we have a unique opportunity to make an impact and increase the pressure on institutions and governments to respond with the urgency that the climate crisis demands.

Join this webinar to find out how Churches in Scotland – both locally and nationally – can support a just and green recovery by divesting from fossil fuels and re-orienting investments towards a clean energy future.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:

The webinar will be chaired by Fiona Buchanan, Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator at Christian Aid Scotland.

Around the world, more than 400 faith institutions have divested from fossil fuels, including the World Council of Churches, the United Reformed Church, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Fossil fuel divestment will be on the agenda at this year’s General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and General Synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church.

We are excited to share that the webinar will see the launch of the Scottish Churches COP26 Pledge on Divestment and the Just and Green Recovery, which can be signed by individuals, churches, regional Church bodies and national Churches.

The webinar is an excellent opportunity to find out more about how your church can join the next global divestment announcement for faith institutions in spring 2021. Join us to find out where your Church denomination currently stands on fossil fuel divestment, and how you can get involved in the campaign.

The webinar series is sponsored by: Eco-Congregation Scotland, Operation Noah, Christian Aid, Justice and Peace Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Register today on Eventbrite:


Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Keeping warm

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 February our theme has been Keeping warm.

Scottish weather means cold, wet weather for a large part of the year. We are only too glad to be indoors through the coldest winter weather, but our homes need to be heated to make them comfortable.

Many of us live in older houses. The construction of these homes would not have included lots of insulation and double glazing.

Gas, oil and electricity are commonly used to heat our homes. Wood burners and coal fires create additional heat sources in many homes too.

All of these types of heating produce greenhouse gases contributing to global warming. Pollutants from some types of heating reduce the quality of the air we breathe.

Conversation Starters:

  • How was your home heated when you were a child? Do you use the same kind of heating now? How did your Great Granny keep warm in the coldest months of the year?

  • What kinds of things can we do to reduce our need for heating in our homes?

  • How do you think homes of the future should be kept warm?

  • Fuel poverty is a big issue in Scotland. Do you know what is being done to help address it?

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What is the hope of COP26?

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
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.

Further information:

Scottish Laity Network

Lenten Journey 2021

Lenten Journey 2021 Overview

Overview of SLN Recordings_11th January 2021