Update from Eco-Congregation Scotland Gathering

The Eco-Congregation Scotland took place on 25 April 2015 in Falkirk, attended by Eco-Congregations from all over Scotland. There was a lovely welcoming atmosphere and a sense of purpose to the day, and inspiring to hear how churches are taking action on climate change both locally and internationally.
Keynote speakers were Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform  and Rev. Kathy Galloway, Head of Christian Aid Scotland.

IMG_0185Speaking about the road to Paris, Aileen highlighted that “ambitious targets cannot be met by Government alone. Every single one of us has a part to play”.



Kathy went on to speak about climate justice, pointing out that “so much of the conflict in the world is resource conflict” and emphasizing that “climate change is the biggest threat to health in the 21st century”.

The Minister launched a climate justice baton relay.



Workshops included:

The Road to Paris 

Christian Aid and SCIAF presented a workshop on campaigning activities and how you can get involved in the run up to COP21 in Paris.
Climate Change: An Indian Perspective 
Rev Norman Hutcheson led a workshop on the work of the Church of South India on climate change based on his attendance at a Climate Change conference there and a period of ministry in Asia.
The Cowal Churches Project 
The architect Scott Wham is running a programme to examine and improve the energy efficiency of 29 church buildings in the Cowal peninsula of Argyll. Scott used examples from these churches to lead a practical discussion about improving energy efficiency in church buildings. 

Home Energy Scotland
Lilian Delaney of Home Energy Scotland Strathclyde and Central led a workshop on energy efficiency advice for householders, and how Churches can support members of their community who are vulnerable to fuel poverty, and share examples of individual action to encourage others.
Awards Workshop 
Why apply for an Eco-Congregation Award? Margaret Warnock and others from Eco-Congregation Scotland presented information on the awards scheme and explain the benefits it brings to your congregation.


If you’d like to keep up with Eco-Congregations, they have a monthly newsletter – contact manager[AT]ecocongregationscotland.org or have a look at the resources on their website www.ecocongregationscotland.org