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Eco-Congregation Scotland news 27 September 2021
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 🔔 Let's talk about the climate emergency 🌍

34 days to COP26

 

Eco-Congregation Scotland thanks all who supported and participated in activities and events during Scotland's Climate Week and Climate Fringe Week over the past month which we hosted or promoted. It was very much appreciated.

Our 
monthly briefing on what COP26 is and how you can get involved has been freshly updated. We have been sharing upcoming events on our website, social media and the foot of these e-newsletters, but appreciate that emails do not always get through, or arrive with sufficient notice to all interested. If you are free, please join us for the coming week's online events.

We are working to improve how we communicate with the key contacts for local churches - and also encourage more individual participation from volunteers including a new offer for individual membership.

We hope to give you more notice of our COP-related programme soon - with new opportunities to join our new Volunteer Programme across the country and even become a new member of our Board of Trustees.

Thank you again for your growing interest, keen support and enthusiastic engagement at this vital moment for us all, with only 34 days until COP26 begins!

 

Let's talk about the climate emergency - New Clothes
Monday 27 September 2021
7.30pm - 8.30pm

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/lets-talk-about-the-climate-emergency-new-clothes/

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting the COP26 climate conference, it becomes imperative that our churches 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 produced '
Let's talk about the climate emergency' - a pack of resources with monthly themes to help you hold awareness raising conversations and encourage everyone to act.

Throughout October the focus will be on “New Clothes”. Recycling of important clothing has huge significance in the Bible: the use and ownership of an object adds value.

Fast Fashion. Inexpensive clothing, produced quickly so that the latest trends are available almost instantly on the high street. Clothing that may not be of especially good quality, and may end up being thrown away almost as quickly as it is purchased.

Low cost fashion? Perhaps the price paid at the till is low but what about the cost to the planet? Fashion has been credited with producing about 10% of humanity’s carbon footprint, employing poorly paid labour, drying up water sources - 2,000 gallons of water are needed to produce one pair of jeans - polluting rivers and releasing microplastics into the ocean as clothes are washed.

Second hand clothing and swap shops are becoming a more common sight on our high streets. Textile recycling is available in many locations, yet a lot of clothing ends up in landfill.


Join us to talk and reflect on "New Clothes" - and keep the conversation going in your own home, church and community over the coming month.

Breakout discussions will ensure all taking part in small groups. Please register using the link below. Now and in coming months - let's talk about the Climate Emergency.

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/lets-talk-about-the-climate-emergency-new-clothes/

Solar Circle – a practical way to cut costs and carbon
Monday 4 October 2021
7.30pm - 8.30pm

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/solar-circle

Come along to our workshop with the social enterprise Power Circle and managing director Jon Cape to find out about a new way to cut energy bills and carbon emissions in homes with solar panels and battery linked together into a smart energy system.

It is called "Solar Circle" and has been developed with support from Scottish Government and others to provide a new solution that does not need the householder to have the money to buy the equipment, or the time or knowledge to manage it.

Eco-Congregation Scotland encourages our supporters and volunteers to become more involved in the debate on how we achieve
Net Zero emissions, with a particular focus here on a Just Transition in Scotland's housing and domestic energy supplies. Please join us to hear more about this exciting work.

ecocongregationscotland.org/event/solar-circle
 
Eco-Congregation Scotland and the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) have co-produced materials for the Season of CreationCreation Time or Creationtide. Please use our new resources from Eco-Chaplain Rev David Coleman and diverse contributors during Week 4 (from Sunday 26 September 2021) including "The Obstacle Coursevideo and text.

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org//creation-time
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
Faiths 4 Climate Justice   17 - 18 October
COP26 UN Climate Change Conference   31 October - 12 November

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
 
***NEW*** Read our updated 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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