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Let's talk about the climate emergency

Thank you

A special "thank you" to all volunteers who took part in our "Let's talk about the climate emergency" launch last week. It was much appreciated. This week we are sending an email direct to each of our registered church contacts with more on the new resource pack which you can find online. We will also be sharing each month separately and organising events for each theme topic. Thanks for your support and engagement. It is always appreciated.

Virtual visits by Chaplain

Tours online 

Thanks to St Martin of Tours' Episcopal Church in Edinburgh where our Environmental Chaplain made another well-received digital visit today and enjoyed a good chat afterwards. His thoughts on spiritual resilience with reference to Matthew 11 and Zechariah 9 can be viewed at EcoChaplain online.

email Rev David Coleman to link with your own church, or encourage new interest by sharing his short video on the past year and future weeks:

Environmental grants

Action Earth support

We are grateful to Joe Knowles from Muthil Parish Church in Perthshire who has asked us to share information as an Action Earth volunteer. Thank you again Joe!

"Action Earth is an Edinburgh-based charity funded by Scottish Natural Heritage to provide small grants and support to community groups across Scotland that improve the biodiversity of their local environment. In a normal year we have provided support to over 8,000 volunteers working on up to 200 projects, and I’m pleased to say that a significant number of Eco-Congregations have benefitted over the past 10 years. However, this year, we are standing still awaiting the time when groups are able to get back to work on their projects."
"A large part of our emphasis in 2020 was to be
COP26 and we were planning to encourage applications which had a specific and locally significant impact on the environment. Our programme for 2020 has been extended to cover winter and spring projects in early 2021. Individual Eco-Congregations and Local Networks can find useful content on potential support for a project on our website and social media."

Join us online

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:
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? 

Foraging for summer

Faith Action for Nature

Our recent pilot project Faith Action for Nature encouraged churches to engage with nature and manage their grounds for wildlife. Each seasonal pack has worship resources, family activities and practical actions to care for nature.

Our Summer theme is foraging. We look at what animals eat, celebrate the world of foods around us and have practical tips on planting for wildlife. Please 
download a pdf or browse the Summer resources online. Activities for church grounds or nature reserves are still limited due to coronavirus restrictions, so please use with reference to Scottish Government guidance as phases progress through the summer weeks.

The pilot project was a partnership between Eco-Congregation Scotland, 
RSPB Scotland, the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church, with resources created by Earthbound Ventures in consultation with A Rocha.  

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