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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – Storms and Weather Patterns

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP26, 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 monthly themed resources to help congregations begin a series of  awareness raising conversations about the Climate Emergency and to encourage everyone to take action.

January is the month where we are focussing on the effects of climate change on the weather patterns.

Join us at 7.30pm on Monday 25th January 2021 to take part in the discussion.

January is often a stormy month in Scotland. Wild, windy weather batters our shores from the Atlantic, causing mountainous waves to overtop coastal defences. Cold northerly air flows bring snow, piled high this beautiful white substance can change our noisy, busy towns to silent deserted places.

Scientists talk of the many effects of global warming, with increasing numbers of extreme weather events seen all around the globe.

Conversation Starters:

  • What changes in weather patterns have you noticed in your lifetime?
  • Talk about times when the weather has affected your plans to do things.
  • How do you feel about global warming?
  • What are your hopes and fears about the climate emergency?
  • Do you know what our governments are doing to address climate change?

You can download our January pages here and the full year’s resources on this link.

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SCIAF: rebuilding our common home



Join us to discuss the current work and future focus of SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund) as we look towards 2021 and the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. 

Churches in our East Lothian and Edinburgh Local Networks are co-hosting tonight’s meeting and we will be joined by Catholic eco-congregation volunteers from across Scotland with SCIAF senior campaigns officer Jonathan McAveety.

Jonathan plays a leading campaign role with colleagues in Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the Just and Green Recovery for Scotland.

SCIAF is an important partner of Eco-Congregation Scotland advocating climate justice and engaging with parishes in all eight Dioceses of the Catholic Church.


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Let’s talk about the climate emergency – A Low Carbon Christmas

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 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 December our theme has been 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?

Conversation Starters:

  • How do you feel about the advertising that surrounds Christmas? How can people access the true message of Christmas?
  • How would your friends and family feel about being given second hand, good as new goods for Christmas? How would you feel?
  • What changes could you make to the kind of things you buy to use at Christmas, to reduce your carbon footprint?
  • What kind of things do you make from leftover Christmas dinner? What are your favourite treats at Christmas?

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Restraining Climate Change: What is the Role of Faith Communities?


Tuesday 1st December 2020

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Climate emergency, coronavirus and Brexit. How can we as faith communities work with others to build a just and green future? These are moments of great opportunity but also significant challenge. Hosted by St Columba’s by the Castle Episcopal Church in Edinburgh, join the discussion with:

The first Change in a Time of Chaos science and faith webinar, a series of talks hosted by St Columba’s towards COP26 next November.

Connecting for climate action

Eco-Congregation Scotland is delighted to support Interfaith Scotland and Scottish Interfaith Week (photograph courtesy of Interfaith Scotland)

Supporting Scottish Interfaith Week

Connecting for climate action

As a Christian charity, one of our purposes is the “promotion of religious, racial and social harmony through a demonstration that care for creation is an essential part of all faiths and by working with other faiths and groups to promote this understanding”.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is delighted to support Interfaith Scotland and local interfaith groups along with the UK Faith for the Climate network in all our combined efforts towards the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow next year.

We thank those who are already active through their own church connecting with other faiths – particularly at this time of year – and encourage our volunteers and friends to join events connecting faiths during Scottish Interfaith Week from 8th to 15th November.

COP26 Interfaith Evening of Reflection
Monday 9th November 2020
8.00pm – 9.00pm


Hosted by Hope for the Future and Faith for the Climate, bringing together constituents and Members of Parliament from across the UK, marking the previous start date of COP26 before it was postponed due to the pandemic. Please join us to reflect on the potential of this coming year, in the run up to the new conference start date in November 2021.

This event welcomes people from all faith traditions and backgrounds – as well as MPs from across the political spectrum – to reflect, share and consider the vision of this year as the UK prepares to host the UN’s annual climate negotiations, with contributions from:

  • Kate Hughes, Director for International Climate Change at BEIS (UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
  • Jonathan McAveety, Senior Campaigns Officer at SCIAF (Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund)
  • Isabella O’Dowd, Senior Climate Change Specialist at WWF
  • Dr Shanon Shah, Network Coordinator for Faith for the Climate

Hope for the Future
Tuesday 10th November 2020
4.00pm – 6.30pm


Join the final of three global sessions organised by the Interfaith Liaison Committee to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). Reaching the time of what should have been the COP26 in Glasgow, this session offers a space for dialogue on faith-based climate action.

Stories of hope in action from faith communities around the world are shared and reflected on. The session offers interactive opportunities for participants, facilitating connections and raising motivation for the year ahead. Join friends around the world to learn, discuss and explore climate action with opening speakers:

The moderator is Brussels-based Chiara Martinelli from CIDSE, the international family of Catholic social justice organisations including SCIAF. This interactive meeting hosted by Interfaith Scotland and Interfaith Glasgow includes a breakout session enabling all to participate fully. Please join us to help share your own hopes for the future from Scotland.

Carbon Footprint Workshop
Tuesday 10th November 2020
7.00pm – 9.00pm

Workshop organised by Deeside CAN, formed out of representatives from four Aberdeen Local Network eco-congregations in Banchory and Torphins, including Eco-Congregation Scotland depute chair Richard Murray:

“CAN stands for Climate Action Network; it also means Care And Nurture. We are a group of people living on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire, who want to do something to minimise climate change, reduce waste and decrease the loss of biodiversity.”

“Do you want to know how your lifestyle impacts the environment – or what to do to reduce your carbon footprint? Our lifestyles are impacting the environment and causing climate change. We need to change! The Scottish Government has set a Net Zero target for 2045. This means we must all reduce our carbon footprint by 4% every year. Come and join our free Zoom workshop.”

A wee reflection on bare trees, vulnerability and beauty shared on Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Parish Church YouTube channel by Rev Jenny Adams, Church of Scotland Minister and Eco-Congregation Scotland trustee:

This Sunday 8th November, as we begin the season of Remembrance, please again join Christians across Scotland in ecumenical prayer with Church leaders at 7pm.

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

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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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