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Ten things you need to know about
Eco-Congregation Scotland this month.
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Dear Reader,

Welcome to the new Eco-Congregation Scotland Enews featuring the ten things you need to know about Eco-Congregation Scotland this month.

1. Book now for our Annual Gathering.




Booking is now open for this year's Eco-Congregation Scotland annual gathering in Perth on 23rd April. The theme is "A Space for Nature in your Congregation" and the main speakers are Stuart Housden, head of RSPB Scotland and Andy Lester of A Rocha UK.

To book your place click here.

2. Earth Hour - 19th March 2016


Over fifty churches have already registered to take part in this year's Earth Hour. Why not join them? Flora Shedden, Scottish baker from Great British Bakeoff is backing the campaign..

For  free information pack and further information Click Here.

Here is a video of highlights from last year's Earth Hour:


 

3. Scottish Parliamentary Election 2016




Two non party guides to how to engage with politicians during the election period have been issued that might be of interest to churches.

The first is an election briefing from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland - Click Here.

The second is a guide to hustings from the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office - Click Here.

4. Church Youth Resource On Responding To Climate Change




Ideas and activities for working with young people on climate change issues are included in Let Justice Flow: An Introduction to Social Justice which has recently been published by the United Reformed Church in association with Christian Aid.

Included in the pack are information to understand the issue and why Christians care, games and activities to spark the imagination, discussion questions and a biblical reflection, prayers, and a list of additional resources.

Download Let Justice Flow here (PDF file).

5. Scottish Communities Invited To Screening Of Documentary On Fracking




"Groundswell Rising, Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water", is a new documentary from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures about how fracking has affected communities in the USA. For further information about the film please visit:

http://groundswellrising.com/

Here is where you can see the film :

Wednesday 2nd March 7-9pm Room G.04, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh
Thursday 3rd March 7-9.30pm Dalkeith Miners Welfare Club, Woodburn Rd, Dalkeith EH22 2AT
Friday 4th March Evening North Berwick – Scottish Seabird Centre.
Saturday 5th March 2-4pm The Station Hotel, 92 Station Road, Shotts ML7 4BJ
Saturday 5th March Evening, Glasgow – venue to be confirmed
Sunday 6th March 7 – 9pm Trinity Church, Falkirk, FK1 1JN

For full details of these screenings please Click Here.
 

6. Can We Address Fuel Poverty And Respond To Climate Change?




Are the UK and Scottish Governments’ actions to address fuel poverty and implement climage change targets compatible? Come along to hear the Church of Scotland reporting on this issue on April 6th at Summerhall, Edinburgh. 

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7. Invite The Eco-Congregation Chaplain To Your Church Group




Eco-Congregation Scotland Environmental Chaplain, the Reverend Trevor Jamison, speaks to church groups on issues relating to faith and environmental issues and would welcome an invitation from you.

Taking account of the needs of your group, Trevor offers illustrated talks such as:
  • Ten Reasons Christians Care for the Earth
  • The Environment: a Christian Imperative?
  • Walking the John Muir Way and Caring for the Earth
  • Reading the Bible Through Green-tinted Lenses
  • Our Role in Relation to Creation: Some Biblical Pictures
  • Green Worship: Does it Exist?
  •  Is “Dominion” a Naughty Word?
For more information go to:
http://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/chaplain/

8. You Could Be A Climate Change Hero!

Jack Ryder is a man on a mission… to save the world.

He’s the star of the Scottish Government’s Greener Scotland campaign, showing how easy it can be to reduce your impact on the environment.

Find out which changes you could make too by watching Jack Rider in action:


 

9. Pass it on Week  is 5th to 13th March




Pass it on Week is Scotland’s annual week devoted to encourage people to re-use things more often. 

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10. COP21 – Christian Aid's Next Step




Christian Aid campaigners achieved a lot last year, joining in the chorus of people asking world leaders to agree to an ambitious global climate deal in Paris by marching through Edinburgh in November 2015, but there is more we can do. 

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Further news items can be found on our web site news page.
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