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We look forward to welcoming the world

COP26 in November 2021



Eco-Congregation Scotland welcomes the
news that the COP26 United Nations climate change conference will now take place at Glasgow's Scottish Events Campus in November 2021.

Eco-Congregation Scotland chairperson Mary Sweetland said: "We understand the need to postpone in the face of the coronavirus emergency, but welcome the news that Glasgow will still host COP26 in November 2021." 

"Churches and other faith groups around the world have responded to the immediate crisis with practical action, compassion and love. We must build on this to ensure that after the pandemic we work to build a country and a world where we care for each other and for creation. The UN climate conference is a critical part of that response." 

"Eco-Congregation Scotland will continue to work positively with churches, other faith groups, environmental organisations and governments both here and globally to make COP26 a success in Glasgow. We're looking forward to welcoming the world, in person or increasingly online, with faith and civil society groups across Scotland and the UK."

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conference of Parties (COP) Bureau of the 
UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) agreed with the UK and Italian government hosts' recommendation to postpone for twelve months.

Eco-Congregation Scotland is already linking regularly with local and national partners, to encourage hospitality with a warm welcome for visitors attending COP26 and a legacy of transformational change through local churches to tackle the climate emergency at home and around the world.

We're now beginning to share and plan activities with our Local Networks and individual churches. We'll be linking closely with the
Climate Fringe website hosted by Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition of UK civil society groups. Please get in touch to join our work towards making COP26 a success in Glasgow.

'Ceud mìle fàilte' - a hundred thousand welcomes!
🌳🐟🐦🔔

Register today

Events and training

Please register today for our next series of meetings and workshops in June organised by our programme coordinator Judith Macleod with a range of partners across Scotland :


Starting your Eco Journey
Wednesday 3rd June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/starting-your-eco-journey/
New to Eco-Congregation Scotland? Not really sure how to get started? Looking for some inspiration about what to do next? This is the event for you…
Hear from
Gold Award winning and more experienced congregations Lomond Parish Church in Balloch and Dunscore Parish Church near Dumfries as they talk about their Eco-Congregation journeys, how they got started and how their work has developed over the years. 


From energy efficiency to renewables 
Thursday 4th June,  2.15pm-3.15pm 

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/energy-efficiency-to-renewables/
Find out about how Home Energy Scotland can support you to make changes and become more energy efficient, learning more about the kinds of renewable energy you can use in your home. We will hear from Dean Wigglesworth of Home Energy Scotland and have the opportunity to ask him questions.
 


Love Food Hate Waste workshop 
Friday 5th June, 10.30am-12.30pm 

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/love-food-hate-waste-workshop-2/
We are delighted to have Matt and John from Home Energy Scotland leading an online version of the popular Love Food Hate Waste workshop. Taking time to join in with this workshop could save you as much as £460 a year - that's the cost of food that the average Scottish household throws away every year - much of it still edible.  


Fair Trade and the environment 
Wednesday 10th June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/fairtrade-and-the-environment/
Join us online for a follow-up session with Colleen Tait of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum to talk about the links between fair trade and the environment. A timely discussion with the need for a "green recovery" beyond the COVID-19 lockdown, linking social justice and climate justice.


Starting your Eco Journey
Monday 15th June, 7.30pm-8.30pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/starting-your-eco-journey-2/
Another open session encouraging churches to become new and more active eco-congregations. Westray Parish Church in the Orkney Islands and Wardie Parish Church in Edinburgh will both share their experience and insight from registration to Eco-Congregation Gold Award winners.


MOO Food - a community food company
Tuesday 16th June, 2.00pm-3.00pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/moo-food 
MOO Food is a Highlands community food company based in Muir of Ord, aiming to bring people together to build community resilience and grow food, knowledge and confidence. Hear about MOO Food's work, growing food together, sharing learning, cooking, eating and reducing food waste and food miles.


Love Your Clothes workshop 
Friday 19th June, 2.15pm-3.15pm

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/love-your-clothes-workshop/
An estimated £100 million worth of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year and has the fourth largest environmental impact after housing, transport and food.  Join our Love Your Clothes workshop with Miriam Adcock from Zero Waste Scotland to find out why clothing and particularly "fast fashion" is so bad for the environment and learn practical ways we can do our bit to address this.

Faith institutions unite

Fossil free divestment

The largest-ever joint divestment from fossil fuels by faith institutions has just been announced. The 42 faith institutions from 14 countries have over £1.1 billion in assets under management. Two are based in Scotland - Dunscore Parish Church and Triratna Buddhist Community Highlands - while the Jesuits in Britain include active eco-congregations Sacred Heart Edinburgh and Lauriston Jesuit Centre.
 
The global divestment announcement came in
Laudato Si’ Week and is coordinated by the World Council of ChurchesOperation NoahGreen AnglicansGlobal Catholic Climate Movement and GreenFaith. The group includes local churches of various denominations, Dioceses and religious orders. Find out more here

If you are interested in getting your local church or regional/national Church structures to make a divestment commitment, please get in touch with
Bokani Tshidzu at Operation Noah for further information or to register your interest.

This follows confirmation last weekend that the
Church of Scotland Investors’ Trust decided to sell its shares in oil and gas companies for financial reasons, shared during a webinar by the Assembly Trustees.

This 2020
General Assembly of the Church of Scotland had been set to discuss fossil fuels divestment, before being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2019, the Church of Scotland’s then Church and Society Council called on divestment from all fossil fuel companies ‘as a matter of urgency’.



Blessing for Pentecost from our Environmental Chaplain
Rev David Coleman as our visiting digital preacher continues to engage with churches throughout Scotland in all their diversity. Follow 
EcoChaplain online to complement worship and prayer at home. We are encouraging more churches to link directly with David over future months, please get in touch now to find out more.
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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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