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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 16 September 2021
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Scotland's Climate Week

Eco-Congregation Scotland is pleased to share the latest news and special events as we continue through Scotland's Climate Week, an annual event started in 2016 to help raise awareness of climate change and celebrate leadership across Scotland in taking action.

A majority of Scotland's churches are now included in plans by national Church denominations - and increasingly local congregations taking steps themselves - to be "Net Zero" or carbon neutral over the coming decade, reducing our own damaging impact on climate change and contributing to Scotland becoming a
Net Zero Nation.

We welcome the growing response of churches and individuals across Scotland's faith and wider communities, committing to action as we approach the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow on 31 October. 

We are delighted to share news that Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Scottish Government have spaces open to all this afternoon for a special online event:

 

Introduction to the Climate Emergency
Thursday 16 September 2021
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Register at this link

Following opening remarks from the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson MSP, there will be some training on the climate emergency, then information on COP26 and Scotland’s ambition, followed by a panel Question and Answer session.

It will be of particular interest for those who are starting their eco journey in their churches, or are less familiar with - or would like to know more about - the climate emergency and
COP26.

This is the first ever Climate Week event open to everyone, as the Scottish Government and national organisations recognise, emphasise and encourage the need for local leadership and individual behaviour change.

If you are free to take part, it would be great to have more eco-congregations represented. Please register at the following link:


https://sustainablescotlandnetwork.org/events/climate-week-introduction-to-the-climate-emergency

Scotland's Climate Week runs this year from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 September, you can find out more at:

https://www.netzeronation.scot/whats-happening/scotlands-climate-week

If you or your own church is taking action, please share your pledge to encourage others to act for COP26. Please email us to share online your pledge, either as an individual or organisation - or share on social media if you can and let others know by using #ScotClimateWeek and tagging @ScotGovNetZero.
 

Have your say on action we all need to take

Climate Conversations


What will life be like in 2030? 

How will we all be living?

What changes do you want to see in your local community, and across Scotland by 2030?


Join our Climate Conversations to consider what our options might be - locally and nationally – in reducing the causes and effects of a changing climate.

These takes place during
Scotland's Climate Week (13–19 September 2021) when organisations across the country aim to promote the message that, together, we can reach Net Zero and cut Scotland’s contribution to climate change.

The Scottish Government has initiated these conversations to encourage discussion about how we can reduce the emissions that cause climate change and prepare for a changing climate.  We want to hear your views, hopes and concerns.

Please register for the Zoom meeting links below:

Friday 17 September 2021
12.00pm – 1.00pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/17sep2021climateconversation/

Saturday 18 September 2021
12.00pm – 1.00pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/18sep2021climateconversation/
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

From local
Climate Conversations to training workshops - or worship with our Eco-Chaplain to campaigning for a just and green future - please get in touch with our team to support and link with your own church and community. We are particularly encouraging and supporting local events for:

Creation Time/Season of Creation   1 September - 5 October
Scotland's Climate Week   13 - 19 September
Climate Fringe Week   18 - 26 September
Faiths 4 Climate Justice   17 - 18 October

Our next confirmed events, activities and training are being posted 
online and updated regularly. Please register for the Zoom meeting links at:

ecocongregationscotland.org/upcomingevents
 


 

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Read our monthly briefing on what COP26 is and how you can get involved. 

Register for free and begin your church's journey as an eco-congregation. Please consider church membership to become more active in the charity and support our Local Network activities - join online.

Please 
donate if you can, to help support our work and encourage growing interest across Scotland's churches. If you or others in your church would like to receive this newsletter regularly, please subscribe.

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

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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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