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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 enroute, 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 closing worship led by 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 happens 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 regular 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 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 about the need to support a Just and Green Recovery from coronavirus that addresses the climate emergency (invited speaker posted when finalised). Guest speakers followed by Question and Answer session.
12.00pm   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   Closing Worship – led by Rev David Coleman, Eco-Chaplain
1.00pm   Annual Gathering and AGM closes – followed by open opportunity for informal chat in breakout rooms

Please register using the form below

 

Net Zero Carbon: Church Heating – Practical Considerations

Responding to the Climate Emergency, the October 2020 General Assembly of the Church of Scotland agreed to develop a strategy for the entire organisation to transition both locally and nationally to net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

In December 2020, General Synod members of the Scottish Episcopal Church also backed a motion paving the way for a commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030.

How do you heat your church?

What do you  need to change to achieve net zero emissions? 

Church buildings come in lots of different shapes and sizes, historic and modern. How will you know which kind of heating is right for your building? What are the practical issues that need to be thought through in changing a heating systems? What kind of heating system should you install in a new building?

Come and hear from Andrew MacOwan (Chartered Energy Engineer and the Church of Scotland General Trustees Heating Consultant) as he shares his experience and talks about some of the practical considerations in looking to achieve net zero carbon emissions from church heating systems. There will be time for questions and discussion. 

Monday 15th of February 7.30pm on Zoom.

Please complete the form at the foot of the page to register for the link to attend to this event.  

 

A Just Transition for Scotland’s Housing

 

Scotland’s climate change ambition means that Scotland’s housing will be moving to a net-zero emissions future.  Making homes energy efficient and carbon-free can be an opportunity to improve the quality of our housing stock, tackle fuel-poverty and create jobs. If our transition is going to be just, it has to be fair for all.

At this event you will hear from the Just Transition Commission and experts on Scotland’s net-zero ambitions and what it means for the housing sector.

You will also be able to contribute your ideas on how Scotland can reach net-zero emissions and put an end to fuel poverty in Scotland.

This open event has been arranged by Eco-Congregation Scotland and Stirling Methodist Church, in collaboration with the Just Transition Commission.

Proceedings will be chaired by Rev Mark Slaney, Chair of the Methodist Church in Scotland.

 

Confirmed Speakers:

Presentations for key speakers will focus on the key challenge:
How do we combine meeting our climate targets with improving energy affordability and lowering fuel poverty?

Norrie Kerr, Just Transition Commission
Elizabeth Leighton, Director of the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland
Robert Leslie, Orkney Housing Association, member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Jon Cape, Power Circle
Ross Armstrong, Warmworks

 

Agenda

10.00    Welcome and Introductions:

10.10    Presentations:

10.30    Discussion (small groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms)

10.50    Feedback from group discussion

11.00    Comfort Break

11.10     Presentations:

11.30    Discussion (small groups in Zoom Breakout Rooms)

11.50    Feedback from group discussion and plenary discussion

12.20    Next Steps

12.30    Close

 

This event is free but registration is required.

Please register in advance here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Church of Scotland sets 2030 net zero target

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Christian environmental and development groups welcome General Assembly decision

Christian environmental and development charities Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Operation Noah joyfully welcome the decision of the Church of Scotland to set a 2030 net zero target.

At the Church of Scotland 2020 General Assembly on Saturday, the Church’s Faith Impact Forum brought a proposal to the General Assembly ‘for the Church to transition both locally and nationally to net zero carbon emissions by 2030’.

General Assembly Commissioners voted to support an amendment from Rev Jenny Adams, Minister of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman Parish Church.

The amended motion passed by General Assembly reads: ‘Instruct the Faith Impact Forum to work with others to develop a strategy for the Church to transition both locally and nationally to net zero carbon emissions by 2030, reporting an outline strategy to General Assembly 2021.’

We are delighted that one of our key partner Churches has committed to transitioning to net zero in the next 10 years.

              Mary Sweetland, Chair of Eco-Congregation Scotland

The decision to set a 2030 net zero target is especially significant as Glasgow prepares to host the UN climate talks, COP26, in November 2021.

In her speech to the General Assembly, Rev Jenny Adams said: ‘This is a climate emergency and the next 10 years are crucial. I hope that by working with others within and beyond the Church, we will be able to get going on this difficult but vital transition, for the sake of all creation.’

Commissioners at the General Assembly also voted in favour of a motion on fossil fuel divestment proposed by Seonaid Knox. This motion called on the Church’s Faith Impact Forum to ‘report to the 2021 General Assembly on the ethical, scientific and theological arguments for and against urgent disinvestment from oil and gas companies’.

The Church of England voted to set a 2030 net zero target earlier this year. Many local authorities have also made this pledge, including the City Councils of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Christian Aid, Eco-Congregation Scotland and Operation Noah applauded the decision to set a 2030 net zero target. They said that the Church of Scotland now needs to end its investments in fossil fuel companies in order to demonstrate climate leadership ahead of the crucial COP26 climate summit.

Sally Foster-Fulton, Head of Christian Aid Scotland, said: ‘The communities with which Christian Aid works, in many of the poorest parts of the world, are calling for urgent leadership on climate change, and this decision from the Church of Scotland demonstrates that leadership. We welcome it warmly, and look forward to working in partnership with the Church of Scotland to help realise these ambitious new goals. One of the steps that the Church could take in the short-term is to commit to end its investments in fossil fuel companies, and we hope that is part of the plans brought forward in 2021.’

Mary Sweetland, Chair of Eco-Congregation Scotland, said: ‘We are delighted that one of our key partner Churches has committed to transitioning to net zero in the next 10 years.’

James Buchanan, Bright Now Campaign Manager at Operation Noah, said: ‘It is wonderful news that the Church of Scotland has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2030. In order to demonstrate leadership on the climate crisis ahead of the UN climate talks in Glasgow next year, it is vital that the Church of Scotland supports a just and green recovery from Covid-19 by divesting from fossil fuel companies and investing in the clean technologies of the future.’

Notes:

1. Operation Noah is a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on the climate crisis. It works with all Christian denominations. http://operationnoah.org/

2. Christian Aid holds a vision of a better world, free from poverty and climate change. For over ten years, Christian Aid Scotland has been campaigning for the UK and Scottish Governments to take climate change seriously for the benefit of those who are impacted first and worst by its effects. https://www.christianaid.org.uk/

3. Eco-Congregation Scotland is a movement of Scottish church congregations, of all denominations and none, committed to addressing environmental issues through their life and mission. https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/

4. The Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council recommended that the Investors’ Trust divest from fossil fuels ‘as a matter of urgency’ in December 2019. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18122752.renewed-call-kirk-sell-shares-oil-gas/

5. The Church of England set a 2030 net zero carbon target in February 2020. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/general-synod-sets-2030-net-zero-carbon-target