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'Outstanding' seventh Gold Award

Dundee's golden Gate

Eco-Congregation Scotland warmly congratulate Gate Church International and celebrate the exciting news that they have achieved our seventh Gold Award.

The Dundee eco-congregation were especially commended by assessors for an "outstanding contribution" in demonstrating practical action within the church and involving the local community, through the 
Gate Church Carbon Saving Project and Climate Challenge Fund support.

Their innovative Community Fridge was praised for its impact in reducing the city's food waste. Gate's Felicity Wright shared their inspiring work at our webinar during Scotland’s Climate Week, encouraging us all to support our communities through climate action.

"The Carbon Saving Project aims to make Gate Church International the ‘Greenest Church in Scotland’."

Assessors praised so many volunteers being involved, some with no church link, integrating with the community they serve, enriching the church’s mission.

Work to significantly reduce their buildings' carbon footprint offers an excellent example of what can be done in listed buildings and halls.

Assessors were impressed that reuse, recycling and up-cycling were well-established with lots of best practice, from Sew & Repair classes to the Community Wardrobe and Gift Boxes helping meet material poverty.

House groups meet and discuss environmental matters, the church focus on stewardship and worship entails caring for those in need and the world God created, demonstrated by links with 
Signpost International and Compassion UK.

Please read more on our
webpage and the Gate site. Well done to all the congregation on this outstanding achievement. The Gold Award was confirmed on the eve of this year's Climate Challenge Fund Gathering. Gate Church Carbon Saving Project and church volunteers have regularly been showcased at the yearly event celebrating projects across Scotland.


Climate Challenge Fund Gathering and film event
Thursday 26th November 2020

9.00am - 4.00pm 
Gathering 2020 Programme
7.00pm - 9.00pm  Evening Film and Discussion 
https://www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/ccfgathering

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) Gathering provides opportunities to learn, network and share experience on tackling climate change. The annual event brings together more than 200 attendees representing CCF Grant recipients, local community-led groups including churches and faith projects, national organisations and the Scottish Government. Keep Scotland Beautiful organise the Gathering and manage the CCF for the Scottish Government.

Having time to network, come together and share experience is particularly important in a year that has presented major challenges to communities across Scotland with COVID-19. The event will feature topical keynote sessions:
There will also be contributions from CCF Grant Recipients and the wider CCF Community through: On the evening of the Gathering there will be a separately ticketed online film and discussion. The event will explore how community film nights can get people thinking about climate change, followed by the opportunity to watch and discuss a challenging film.

Tickets to both events are free and open to CCF Grant Recipients, and representatives of other organisations with an interest in community-led action on climate change. Find out more and book Gathering and film tickets 
here.
Please donate to our work here, helping support our Local Networks and encourage growing interest in environmental activities across Scotland's churches.

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Photographs courtesy of Gate Church International.
 
Eco-Congregation Scotland, 121 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4YN
Our office is currently closed due to the coronavirus situation and staff are working from home. Please contact Eco-Congregation Scotland manager Stephen Curran at: 
0141 423 4671, 07554 905275, manager@ecocongregationscotland.org

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) regulated by the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), Scottish Charity number: SC041287
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