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COP26 and beyond: Net Zero and a Just, Green Future

Eco-Congregation Scotland
2021 Annual Gathering and Annual General Meeting

As Scotland welcomes the world to COP26, hear how you can get involved – and look forward to Net Zero carbon and a Just, Green Future

Eco-Congregation Scotland’s Annual Gathering brings churches and volunteers together from all over Scotland to consider ‘COP26 and beyond’. With the COP26 United Nations climate conference taking place in Glasgow this November, we look at how to get involved in worship, action and advocacy.

We offer a warm welcome to the world, encouraging sign-up to offer booked accommodation for those who have available rooms around Glasgow or en route, with the new COP26 homestay network – developed in partnership by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, the UK civil society COP26 Coalition and Human Hotel.

We also look beyond COP26, to consider community potential towards Net Zero carbon emissions – and the need for a just and green recovery from coronavirus that addresses the climate emergency. The event concludes with the charity’s Annual General Meeting and ‘A Prayer for COP’ from Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman.

This year presents a unique opportunity for transformation, helping local churches commit to action tackling the climate crisis, through our volunteers and supporters across the country. Please register today and join the discussion on COP26 and beyond.

COP26 and beyond: Net Zero and a Just, Green Future

Annual Gathering

AGENDA
10.00am   Opening reflection – Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain with Eco-Congregation Scotland
10.05am   Welcome and introductions – Mary Sweetland, Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson
10.10am   Keynote speaker – Rev James Bhagwan, Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches, pre-recorded video shared from Fiji on the impact of climate change on Pacific islands and the faith-inspired response of churches
10.25am   COP26, what is it all about and how can you get involved?Kat Jones, COP26 Project Manager for Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, on what happenuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiijnhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh=23`s at COP26 and how we can all be part of civil society activities towards and during the climate conference
10.35am   COP26 Briefing and Workshops – Adrian Shaw, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Interfaith Scotland COP26 volunteer, outlines our new monthly update on COP and how to get involved, opening workshop discussion on key themes for church involvement:
* Hospitality and Welcome – COP26 Logistics Coordinators Flick Monk from Friends of the Earth Scotland and Nick Cullen of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, encouraging churches and volunteers to offer accommodation for visitors, activists and pilgrims
* Worship and Prayer – Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman, offering support and ideas for Climate Sunday services, Creation Time and spiritual life, engaging with churches throughout Scotland
* Practical Action – Judith Macleod, Eco-Congregation Scotland Programme Coordinator, sharing ideas for conversations, training and activities to tackle the climate crisis through local action and transformation
* Campaigns and AdvocacyChristian Aid Scotland Campaigns and Advocacy Coordinator Fiona Buchanan, offering opportunities for churches and volunteers to speak up for climate justice, campaigning in partnership here and globally
Speakers will open each workshop in a large group on one of four themes for 10 minutes of presentation and possible time for questions, before we all break into small groups to discuss:
1.   How we hope to get involved on our chosen theme in this year of COP26
2.   What further information or resources we would like to support this
11.00am   Break
11.10am   Plenary Workshop Feedback – short verbal feedback on each theme.
All participants will receive a short online form they can complete during or after the meeting for more detailed feedback from individuals and small groups.
11.25am   Beyond COP26 – Net Zero and a Just, Green Future
We consider community potential for a Net Zero carbon future with Dave Pearson, Director of Star Renewable Energy. We also hear from Jane Herbstritt, Global Justice Now Scottish campaigner, about the need to support a Just and Green Recovery from coronavirus that tackles inequality and addresses the climate emergency. Guest speakers followed by Question and Answer session.
12.00pm   Closing Devotional – led by Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain
12.05pm   Break
12.15pm   Annual General Meeting
All are welcome to attend the AGM, although only a Full Member (or a proxy) representing an individual church with Membership of the charity has voting rights.

Annual General Meeting

AGENDA
1.  Welcome – Mary Sweetland, Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson
2.  Apologies for absence
3.  Approval of Minutes from 2020 AGM
4.  Chairperson’s Report on the activities of Eco-Congregation Scotland
5.  Annual Accounts and Financial Report – Mark Kirkbride, treasurer
6.  Any Questions?
7.  Appointment of Auditors
8.  Election / re-election of Trustees
9.  Any other competent business
12.45pm   A Prayer for COP – Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain
12.50pm   Annual Gathering and AGM closes – followed by open opportunity for informal chat in breakout rooms
This Annual Gathering and AGM is a free event, but please consider making a donation to support our growing work with local churches across Scotland.  

 


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Anglican Communion Webinar: COP26, Divestment and Investment for Climate Justice

An overview of how Churches in the Anglican Communion can act for climate justice ahead of COP26 through divestment and investment

Across the Anglican Communion, Churches are supporting a just and green recovery by divesting from fossil fuels and investing in clean alternatives.

The Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Church of Ireland and the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have divested from fossil fuels. The Church in Wales and Scottish Episcopal Church are set to debate divestment at Governing Body meetings in the coming months. There have also been calls for the Church of England to accelerate divestment from fossil fuels, following the motion on divestment passed at General Synod in 2018.

Join this interactive webinar to hear from inspiring leaders across the Anglican Communion, who will share their insights about the steps that Churches need to take on divestment and investment ahead of COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

The webinar will provide an excellent opportunity to find out how you can get involved in campaigning for divestment in your local church, diocese and at a national level.

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers:

Keynote speaker: Rt Revd Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford: Fossil fuel divestment, positive investment and the urgent need for a just and green recovery from Covid-19

Revd Dr Rachel Mash, Environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Secretary to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network: The theological underpinnings of divestment

Revd Jacynthia Murphy, Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia: The impact of the climate crisis in the Pacific Islands and decision of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to divest

Very Revd John Conway, Provost of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh: How eco-congregation St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral divested from fossil fuels and what needs to happen now in the Scottish Episcopal Church

Revd Stuart Elliott, Vicar of Betws-y-Coed Parish Church and Member of Church in Wales’ Environment Group and Ethical Investment Group: Fossil fuel divestment in the Church in Wales and investment in climate solutions

Stephen Trew, Member of the Church of Ireland General Synod: The Church of Ireland divestment journey

James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager at Operation Noah: Key findings of the report Church investments in major oil companies: Paris compliant or Paris defiant?

It will provide an opportunity to find out more about how your Church, Diocese or Province can join the next global divestment announcement for faith institutions on 17 May 2021.

The webinar is organised by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, Operation Noah, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Eco-Congregation Scotland.

Please register using this link:

https://anglican_communion_cop26_divestment_webinar.eventbrite.co.uk

Sacred People, Sacred Earth

Sacred People, Sacred Earth
Thursday 11th March 2021

https://sacredpeoplesacredearth.org

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

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:

https://scottishchurcheswebinar.eventbrite.co.uk

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.

 

Please complete the following details for a Zoom meeting link:

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.

#BuildBackBetterScot

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:

https://www.justgreenrecovery.scot/week-of-action

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
Glasgow
Highlands and Islands
Lothian
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

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-just-and-green-recovery-for-scotland-tickets-126550023527
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 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/just-and-green-recovery-for-workers-tickets-126094166045
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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artists-for-a-just-and-green-recovery-tickets-127152942875
Online after-party with artists and members of the campaign following the Virtual Lobby, with music, dancing, poetry and more.

#BuildBackBetterScot

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