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Climate Change

What have faith and Finance got to do with Climate Change?

image Published: Oct 20, 2017

On Thursday 12 October 2017, the Church of Scotland and partners Christian Aid Scotland, Oikocredit UK and Ireland, Eco-Congregation Scotland and ECCR met in St Andrew’s and St Georges West Church in Edinburgh for this year’s Good Money Week Conference. It was a positive and inspiring day! Read the full conference report.

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Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty May 2016

image Published: May 25, 2016

The SRT Project reported on Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty at the 2016 General Assembly. This is a highly topical and fast-moving subject. In recent years there have been very significant developments, such as the UK Government’s plans to terminate renewable energy subsidies and the announced closure of Longannet power station.

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COP21

image Published: May 25, 2016

The Conference of the Parties for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) was the 21st meeting of this organisation that was held in Paris in December 2015.  The pre-negotiations suggested that there were good chances of an agreement this time.  However there were major issues that needed to be resolved at the Paris Conference.

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SRT Project at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2016

image Published: May 25, 2016

The SRT Project ran a very successful event at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on April 6, based on our recent investigations into Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty. Chaired by Sarah Boyack, former Minister for the Environment, it took the form of a panel discussion featuring three experts whose knowledge and experience have been particularly influential in shaping the thinking of our group.

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Energy and Fuel Poverty Issues

image Published: May 11, 2016

The term “fuel poverty” is relatively new, but it relates to issues that have afflicted Scotland for many generations. Successive governments have worked to a target of eliminating Fuel Poverty by November 2016. In spite of this ambition, Fuel Poverty in 2015 affected 845,000 homes in Scotland – equivalent to more than one third of all households.

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Energy, Climate Change and Fuel Poverty

image Published: Nov 03, 2015

One of the SRT Working Groups is currently looking at Energy Issues and Fuel Poverty, with the aim of reporting to the 2016 General Assembly. This is a highly topical and fast-moving subject. In the past few months there have been very significant developments, such as the UK Government’s plans to terminate renewable energy subsidies and the announced closure of Longannet power station. All of this is against the backdrop of Paris this December, when over 190 countries will meet at the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. The urgent challenge is to negotiate a deal which will limit emissions from developed countries and help developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change and develop low carbon economies.

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Water and the Bible

image Published: May 20, 2015

I've had a lifetime's fascination with water, twelve of the best years being in India digging or drilling for it so people could get clean water, and building small dams so that rainwater could be saved for the dry months. The sight of children dancing for joy when a bore-hole strikes water in a dry area and cascades over them us unforgettable. Today water is the world's most critical resource. Water security and justice are rapidly becoming priorities for the sustainability of life on earth, so I still think about water a lot ...

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Visit the Eco-Congregation Website!

image Published: Apr 24, 2013

Eco-Congregation Scotland is an ecumenical movement endorsed by Action of Churches Together in Scotland. Eco-Congregation Scotland is supported by the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Methodist Church in Scotland and the United Reformed Church . It also receives funding from the Scottish Government, SCIAF and Christian Aid as well as local church congregations and private individuals.

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Give us our Daily Bread May 2012

image Published: Apr 24, 2013

How can we produce enough food, cope with climate change and reduce our carbon footprint? The Church and Society Council prepared a report on sustainable agriculture for the General Assembly in 2012.

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Food is a Gift from God

image Published: Mar 12, 2013

Food is more than just fuel. It is a gift and a blessing upon which we all depend. Yet many of us shop in supermarkets for our food and never give a second thought about where it comes from or how it is produced. What we eat and how it is grown should mean much more to us than this.

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Climate Change

image Published: Nov 30, 2011

The Church of Scotland is concerned that climate change poses a serious and immediate threat to people everywhere, particularly to the poor of the earth; and that climate change represents a failure in our stewardship of God’s creation. We accept the need to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases urgently to avoid dangerous and irreversible climate change; and to promote a more equitable and sustainable use of energy.

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What The Churches Are Doing on Climate Change

image Published: Apr 14, 2010

The Church of Scotland SRT Project has been active in addressing climate change at national and international levels for a number of years. In 1989 SRT produced a booklet ‘With Scorching Heat and Drought’ to explain the issues to the churches, followed by sections in its booklet ‘Seeing Scotland from the Summit’ in 1993. It has contributed to various reports to the General Assembly and a number of submissions to the UK Government.

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Sustainable Agriculture Report 2002

image Published: Mar 10, 2010

In 2002 the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland considered a report on sustainable agriculture.

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