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Events this month
We are still adding to our summer schedule of meetings and training workshops. Please join us for our own events or those organised by partner organisations and coalitions, including those already open for registration below.
Park Project and Bats: a Community Woodland Officer in the city
Monday 6th July, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Even in Scotland’s biggest city there are some amazing green spaces which offer a home for nature. Whether you live in a city, town or the countryside our green spaces and how we care for them is so important. Come and join us as we hear from Stuart Whittaker, Community Woodland Officer for Castlemilk Park in Glasgow. Employed by Cassiltoun Housing Association, Stuart will be giving a presentation on Castlemilk Park, its wildlife and biodiversity and how the community of Castlemilk in south Glasgow are at the very heart of the Castlemilk Park Project. This also includes an interesting presentation on bats which will tell some amazing facts of their ecology, how you may be able to see them and also will show why bats are so important to the environment.
An Introduction to Climate Justice
Tuesday 7th July, 10.00am-11.00am
The next in the series from Stop Climate Chaos Scotland bringing together a variety of voices to share knowledge, experience and to inspire us in the run up to COP26. Hosting this week is Ben Wilson of WaterAid and previously SCIAF, in conversation with Nishma Doshi, a Climate Justice activist in Scotland and Ilisapeci Masivesi from Oxfam Pacific. We will find out what Climate Justice means to the speakers, looking at the Scottish perspective and examples from Fiji. After the event you are invited to stay on to chat with and meet others who attended the event in small groups.
The True Cost: Film screening and discussion
Tuesday 7th July, 7.00pm-9.30pm
Hosted by St Mary’s Eco Congregation and Take One Action Local group in Dalkeith. As shops re-open and we go back to "business as usual", let’s reflect on The True Cost of our consumer culture. Join a friendly discussion on Zoom at 8.30pm. To take part, you will need to start the film by 7.00pm on Tuesday 7 July. Watch the film free on line at any time: https://thoughtmaybe.com/the-true-cost/
For details to join the discussion, please send a message on Facebook to St Mary’s Eco Congregation TOA Local page or send an email.
Operation Noah Supporters' Event and Annual General Meeting
Wedneday 15th July, 10.30am-12.30pm
Operation Noah is a Christian charity working with the Church to inspire action on the climate crisis. Its online Supporters' Day and AGM is open to to all with workshops and guest speakers Rev'd David Pickering, Moderator of the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland, Bokani Tshidzu from the Bright Now fossil fuels divestment campaign and Climate Sunday project coordinator James Anthony. The theme is "Climate Courage for the 2020s - Shaping a Green and Just New Normal". Come and be inspired to take action!
Climate Emergency: What can we do about it?
Tuesday 21st July, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Join our discussion with Professor Pete Smith, Biologist and Professor of Soils & Global Change at the University of Aberdeen. The talk will cover the impacts of everyday choices and consumption – food, energy, transport – on climate change followed by the opportunity for questions. Professor Smith is also Science Director of Scotland’s ClimateXChange. Hosted by Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen with Eco-Congregation Scotland and Climate Week North East 2020 founded by Aberdeen Climate Action.
Covid-19 and the Right to Food gap in Scotland
Wednesday 29th July, 4.30pm-6.00pm
Co-hosted by the Scottish Food Coalition which we are part of and the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, this event will consider what Covid-19 has revealed about the importance of the right to food being realised in Scotland, with speakers include Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The current health crisis has exposed the many fault lines in our food system. There is a significant support for ‘building back better’, but how can we ensure that recovery is founded in human rights, with social and environmental justice at its heart? Why should the right to food be incorporated into Scots law?