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.
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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