Climate Change and the Environment
 

Diary (Climate Change & Environment)



Climate Change and the Environment

Climate Change is probably the single greatest challenge to future human wellbeing, but is complicated by ignorance and scepticism. The planet’s resources are limited and we have a duty of stewardship.

 ‘Preservation of the environment, promotion of sustainable development and particular attention to climate change are matters of grave concern for the entire human family.’
       Pope Benedict XVI, Letter to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the Occasion of the Seventh Symposium of the Religion, Science and the Environment Movement, 2007

2018

Image: Pax Christi Scotland Inaugural Event 23 - 25 November

The First Pax Christi Scotland Event will take place from 23rd-25th November 2018 at Conforti Institute in Coatbridge.  Everyone is invited to register for this free event.  Day places are available.  Contact: anna@confortiinstitute.org    Read More...

Image: Glacier melting and climate change - the Alps losing face

This time, in our blog, our friend, Wolfgang, from Switzerland's Justice and Peace Commission tells of his fears for the Alps as climate change takes hold in Switzerland.    Read More...

Image: 2018 Joint Statement on Climate Justice by Bishops' Conferences

The heads of six continental bishops’ conferences have signed a rare joint statement urging political leaders to solve climate change.   Read More...

Image: Canada adopts carbon fee and dividend to rein in climate change

Carbon fee and dividend, the solution to tackle climate change proposed by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, has emerged as the default policy in Canada to price carbon and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming.   Read More...

Image: 'Blood Bricks': Climate Change Tied to Modern Slavery

A new study from Royal Holloway at the University of London has, for the first time, made a clear connection between climate change and modern slavery in the brickmaking industry in Cambodia.   Read More...

Image: Global Warming of 1.5ºC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have produced a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
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Image: Wanted - Laudato Si Animators for World Youth Day, Panama

The Global Catholic Climate Movement have 100 volunteer positions available and invite you to apply to be a Laudato Si' Volunteer during WYD 2019.  You will help during World Youth Day to spread the Laudato Si’ Message.  Applications are open until October 15th.   Read More...

Image: European Justice and Peace Commissions Unite in Call to Protect Water

At the meeting of European Justice and Peace Commissions on Saturday 29th September in Barcelona Justice and Peace Scotland took part in a symbolic action "Give Voice to the Cry of Sister Water".   Read More...

Image: Saving Scotland’s Heritage From the Rising Seas

Jim Dwyer, a New York Times reporter, and Josh Haner, a Times photographer, traveled to a Scottish archipelago in the North Atlantic to see how people are trying to save thousands of ancient structures.
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Image: All the plastic you can and cannot recycle

Most people are trying their best to recycle plastic - but the many different ways in which recycling is collected by different councils across the UK has left them confused. Report by BBC.   Read More...

Image: Stop Climate Chaos protest at Holyrood forced indoors... due to climate chaos

A Stop Climate Chaos Scotland protest at Holyrood demanding radical action on global warming had to be moved indoors because of climate chaos. Report in The Herald.   Read More...

Image: Fossil fuel divestment funds rise to $6tn

Insurance companies lead the sell-off of coal, oil and gas stocks over climate change and financial fears – oil majors now cite divestment as a risk to them, report in the Guardian.   Read More...

Image: Could your church divest this Season of Creation?

Eco-Congregation Scotland is a Christian environmental organisation helping local church congregations address environmental issues and from 1 September - 4 Ocotber (Season of Creation) they are hoping to encourage many more churches in Scotland to join them.   Read More...

Image: The Great British Beach Clean and Survey 14th - 17th September

The Marine Conservation Society have launched Beachwatch 2018, the UK's biggest beach clean up and survey.   Read More...

Image: MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world unite to pray and act for our common home.  The Season of Creation begins on 1st September with the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on 4th October, the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology in many traditions.  
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Image: Irish Bishops announce decision to divest from fossil fuels

Statement by William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne :"The Bishops' Conference has signed the global Catholic fossil free pledge and today begins the process of divesting its resources from all fossil fuels. In doing so, we are responding directly to Pope Francis' call in his 2015 encyclical letter Laudato Si by moving away from fossil fuels "without delay" (paragraph 165).

Read the full statement.   

Image: Discerning the crisis for our common home

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released a short video which summarizes objectives and outcomes of the International Conference "Saving our common home and the future of life on Earth", held in the Vatican , 5-6 July 2018, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si'

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Image: Kirk launches Creation Time 2018 resources

An ecumenical team with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the United Reformed Church have put together Creation Time worship materials on the theme of ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s Gift to us’.   Read More...

Image: Eco-congregation divests from oil and gas

Following the vote at the Church of Scotland General Assembly to continue with the policy of “engagement” with oil and gas companies, despite 2 years of this policy having little or no effect, Selkirk Parish Church, as an eco-congregation, has decided to withdraw its funds from the Church of Scotland Growth Fund (which currently invests in Shell, BP and Total).   Read More...

Image: Myanmar: Cardinal Bo warns of impending ecological holocaust

Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has warned of the dangers of global warming, unless the world takes action now.   Report in ICN.   Read More...

Image: CoE votes to divest from fossil fuels

ICN report states that The Church of England's governing body, General Synod, has voted almost unanimously to divest by 2023 from oil and gas companies not on track to meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting global average temperature rise to well below 2°C.    Read More...

Image: Mass lobby of Holyrood this September

Join people from across Scotland on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and ask your MSPs to push for a strong Climate Change Act. Register to take part today.   Read More...

Image: Vatican launches International Conference on ecology

Vatican officials briefed the press on Tuesday, 26th June 2018, on an upcoming international conference to mark three years since the publication of ‘Laudato Sì’.   Read More...

Image: Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

Banana plantations in Australia, south-east Asia, Africa and the Middle East have been ravaged by the ‘fusarium wilt’ fungus – and Latin America could be next - a new report in the Guardian.   Read More...

Image: Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

A worrying new article in the Washington Post warns that a new scientific report has concluded that the Antartica ice loss is accelerating and that the urgency to cut greenhouse gasses is now even greater.    Read More...

Image: Push for a strong Scottish Climate Change Act

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland are campaigning to make the climate change bill more effective. See their website for details.   

Image: Supermarkets agree to ban unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025

Every major supermarket in Britain has today pledged to eradicate unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025, under a new "UK Plastics Pact".  This is the claim made in an article written in the telegraph today, Friday 27th April.   Read More...

Image: Institutions in Catholic hierarchy divest from fossil fuels

Caritas Internationalis, €7.5 billion Catholic banks, bishops, and others including Sciaf in Scotland, drop investments in energy that drives climate change. GCCM have released the following statement.   Read More...

Image: Damage to Great Barrier Reef From Global Warming Is Irreversible, Scientists Say

An article in The New York Times reveals the true extent of the damage caused to coral in the Great Barrier Reef due to bleaching which took place in 2016 as a result of  climate change.   Read More...

Image: World's communities call on Scotland to toughen climate target

As we approach Earth Day this Sunday - April 22nd an article in 'The National' reports on how communities from around the world are calling on Scotland to toughen its target to cut climate pollution in order to safeguard food supplies, protect homes and save lives.  Representatives from Africa, Asia, Alaska and elsewhere say that Scottish ministers should aim to cut emissions to “net zero” by 2050 to help prevent droughts, storms and floods.   Read More...

Image: Climate scientists call on Scotland to cut emissions to zero

A dozen of the world’s leading climate scientists are urging Scotland to adopt an ambitious new target to cut polluting carbon emissions in a letter send to the Sunday Herald newspaper.   Read More...

Image: Great Pacific garbage patch' sprawling with far more debris than thought

An new report in the Guardian tells of plastic polution in the Pacific ocean which is more than twice the size of France and is up to 16 times larger than previously estimated.   Read More...

Image: New Toolkit to Support Climate Change Advocacy

ACT Alliance has published a new toolkit to support climate change advocacy at national and regional level: Towards the Ambitious Implementation of the Paris Agreement.   Read More...

Image: Earth Hour - Saturday 24th March

Hundreds of millions of people around the planet take part in WWF’s Earth Hour every year. Last year around 9 million took part in the UK alone.  People do a wide range of things around the hour to show they care about our planet’s future. Millions choose to mark Earth Hour by going ‘lights out’ for 60 minutes at 8.30pm – a symbolic show of solidarity for the planet.   Read More...

Image: Parish bans plastic from church hall

A new report in ICN tells of the parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel in March, Camridgeshire who have taken the decision to ban the use of disposable plastic in their newly-refurbished parish hall.   Read More...

Image: New Scottish climate bill must fix climate plan which fails to deliver

Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has laid out the new Climate Change Plan before the Scottish Parliament and faced questions from all political parties on its contents. The Plan details the Government’s policies and proposals to enable Scotland to meet its climate emissions reduction targets in the period 2018-2032.   Read More...

Image: Earth Day Toolkit

This year Earth Day is on April 22, a Sunday.  The Global Catholic Climate Movement have developed this resource kit for Earth Day to help your community celebrate, advocate, and educate for creation and make the most of this opportunity.   Read More...

Image: Edinburgh University divests from all fossil fuels

The Guardian have reported that the University of Edinburgh is dumping all its fossil fuel investments, making it the largest UK university endowment fund to be completely free of all coal, oil and gas holdings.   Read More...

Image: Caring for God's Creation - Free Seminar

Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland are holding a free seminar for congregations of any denomination who want to know more about becoming an eco-congregation. The event is on Saturday 3rd March at Springburn Parish Church.    Read More...

Image: The New EU strategy on plastics

This week the EU has launched the first European Strategy on plastics. 

Full text of documentFact sheets

Amounts recycled in European Nations

    

Image: New York City sues oil companies over climate change

An Australian news outlet, News.com.au, have reported on New York’s mayor announcing plans to sell off $5 billion in fossil fuel investments from city pension funds after suing oil companies for billions of dollars to help fund protection against climate change.   Read More...

2017

Image: The Village which scrapped plastic straws

A Scottish village has become plastic straw-free after a campaign by school pupils.

    

Image: A Christmas Sermon on Peace

50 years ago, on Christmas Eve, 1967, Martin Luther King, in what was to be his last Christmas Eve sermon, preached on the links between care for the environment and social justice that are still so relevant today.

A Christmas Sermon on Peace   

Image: Active Travel Budget  

The Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2018-19 promises to double funding for cycling and walking.

Sustrans Scotland and SCCS have long championed significant increases in the Scottish active travel budget. Read what they have to say​

    

Image: Sammy the Snowman

The Climate Coalition have issued a new film: Sammy the Snowman   

Image: STOP THE PLASTIC TIDE 2018 is the year we go plastic free. Be part of it.

We mustn't let drinks cups, plastic cutlery, straws, plastic bottles, lids and stirrers replace sea life. They're used for a moment but last a lifetime in our oceans.  Sign the petition here today.   Read More...

Image: Advent Toolkit

During the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to deepen our own sense of love for the world.  Protecting creation and vulnerable people is an important way to love.   Read More...

Image: Protect the Antarctic Ocean

You can help protect the Antarctic Ocean. Sign the petition   

Image: Pope connects with astronauts

International Space Station Commander Randy Bresnik told Pope Francis his greatest joy working on the orbiting lab was being able to "see God's creation maybe a little bit from his perspective".

Watch the video

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Image: Operation Noah October Newsletter

Operation Noah, an organisation providing a Christian response to the climate crisis, has issued its October Newsletter.   

Image: Catholic church to make record divestment from fossil fuels

The Guardian reports that more than 40 Catholic institutions will make largest ever faith-based divestment, on the anniversary of the death of St Francis of Assisi.   Read More...

Image: World’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers.

Read the full article in the Guardian   

Image: Season of Creation

September saw the start of the Season of Creation (also known as Creation Time or Creationtide), when Christians around the world are praying and caring for creation. The Season of Creation, which runs from 1 September to 4 October, is an opportunity to celebrate creation and contemplate our role in protecting it.

Operation Noah has produced a list of resources.   

Image: Beach Clean 2017

Pope Francis has urged us to care for  Creation. As a small step, members of the Justice and Peace Commission are taking part in the great British Beach Clean. Please join them at Rhu on 17th September.

Details   

Image: Bottle Deposit Scheme for Scotland

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes the commitment to a bottle deposit return system made by Scottish Government. 

MCS Statement   

Image: Season of Creation 2017

As Pope Francis said, “Creation is of the order of love.”  We invite you to protect it.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement have produced new resources for use during the Season of Creation 1st September 2017 - 4th October 2017.   Read More...

Image: Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope Francis has encouraged everyone to take part in a Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on 1st September every year.  Here is The Laudato Si litany prayer and also information on how to organise a prayer service.

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Image:  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis recently declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. He said,  “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Further information and resources for marking this day can be found at Global Catholic Climate Movement   

Image: Tell the Scottish Government to finish with fossil fuels

Rich countries like ours have grown wealthy through our use of cheap, fossil fuel energy. But in doing that, we’ve pushed the planet to the brink of irreversible climate change. Lobbying by big business, and an economic system that puts profit before people and the planet, are making the problem worse.   Read More...

Image: Fish confusing plastic debris in ocean for food.

The Guardian reports on worrying new research showing behavioural evidence which suggests marine organisms are not just ingesting microplastics by accident but actively seeking them out as food.   Read More...

Image: Young people to advise on climate change panel

Young Scottish people will get the opportunity to have their say on the future of Scotland’s environment by applying to join the Climate Challenge Fund panel.   Read More...

Image: Vatican calls for sustainable tourism

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has released a message for World Tourism Day 2017, which will be held on 27 September. The theme chosen for this year is: 'Sustainable tourism: a tool for development'.   Read More...

Image: Divest your church How to divest your church from fossil fuels.

 

A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further information on the Bright Now website   

Image: The nuns and the pipeline

The religious order, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, are at the centre of a dispute over the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They are making a legal claim that building a pipeline on their land violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The case has garnered national and international attention.

Articles on this issue.   

Image: Pope Francis: “It is irresponsible to pollute water and air”

A new article in Independent Catholic News tells how Pope Francis has called the shortage of accessible clean water, a 'fundamental right'. Recalling that about two billion people in the world still have no access to it, he reflects that, "when it is not given the deserving attention, it turns into a source of illness and endangers millions of lives".

Futher information:

https://catholicclimatemovement.global/
http://seasonofcreation.org/   

Image: Sign the Laudato Si pledge to care for our common home

In celebration of the 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si’, GCCM launched a Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign to keep the Pontiff’s message alive and encourage mass Catholic action to address the climate crisis.   Read More...

Image: Holy See is committed to protecting oceans

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has issued the full text of his statement to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of the 14th Sustainable Development Goal, which deals with Conserving and Sustainably Using the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.
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Image: Plastic Pollution - Petition to the Scottish Government

Please take a minute to sign this petition urging the Scottish Government to create a bottle deposit return scheme in Scotland to help deal with the plastic pollution problem.   Read More...

Image: 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

Just released by the World Bank, a visual mapping of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development goals which include: ending poverty, good health, access to education, sustainable cities. Each section highlights progress and challenges.

Access the Visual Map

It takes a wee while to load, so be patient.
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Image: Mercy2Earth Weekend 22nd - 23rd April

Join us in a journey from Lent to #Mercy2Earth weekend (April 22-23) as we reflect and bring to life Pope Francis’ message Show Mercy to our Common Home.   Read More...

Image: Divest your church: new resources

Does your church have investments in fossil fuel companies? Ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in? A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further details

     

Image: President Trump's Executive Order on climate and energy

The NCR reports that Catholic organisations have objected to President Trump's latest executive order which will roll back environmental protections and impact the policy on climate change. Details here. 

    

Image: Mercy2Earth

Those two themes, Earth and Mercy, are the essence of Pope Francis’ most important ecology statement of 2016, titled “Show Mercy to our Common Home”   Read More...

Image: Earth Hour

An hour long event

Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017.

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Image: Keep Liberia’s illegal timber out of the EU!

Liberia is home to a unique natural treasure: the incredibly biodiverse Upper Guinean Rainforest, home to a crucial population of critically endangered West African Chimpanzees. The country – which is still reeling from a civil war and the Ebola crisis – wants to fight poverty by exporting timber. But given the rampant corruption of Liberia's logging industry, this move could lead to uncontrolled destruction of rainforests.   Read More...

Image: Pope meets representatives of indigenous peoples

Pope Francis met with a group representing indigenous peoples ahead of his Wednesday General Audience, speaking to them about the need to "reconcile the right to development, both social and cultural, with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories"

Details   

Image: The Global Catholic Climate Movement. Sign the Petition to Donald Trump

Please sign the Petition to Donald Trump.

Ask him to protect our God given creation. Then, if you can, promote the petition:
Petition Toolkit   

Image: World Day of Prayer for Creation website launched

The Eastern Orthodox Churches proclaimed 1 September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 1989. Since then, many otherChristian churches have taken up this initiative and the Day of Prayer has become a month-long “Season of Creation”.


The “Season of Creation” website aims to make materials produced by various churches on this theme easy to find and readily available.Local churches can enter their events onto a map online. Recent church statements on creation can be found on the website.    

2016

Image: Eco-congregation: the rural view A personal view from Marian Pallister, Justice & Peace Commissioner for the Diocese of Argyll & the Isles.
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Image: Paris Climate Pledge
World leaders agreed things must change on climate change - now they must follow words with action
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Image: Amazon fires threaten to wipe out uncontacted tribespeople Forest fires are raging in an indigenous territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe. Forest fires started by loggers destroyed over 50 per cent of the forest cover in the territory in late 2015. The Environment Ministry has stated that the situation is “even worse this year.” (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Ten Tips for saving energy in your church and home. Ten simple ideas for reducing your energy usage and the impact it has on our world from Eco Congregation Scotland.   Read More...
Image: Mass Climate Lobby of Holyrood - 29 September 2016 Join people from across Scotland in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to tell MSPs why you want them to turn Scotland’s climate ambition into climate action.   Read More...
Image: Lobby the Government for an Environmental Court for Scotland Now! Friends of the Earth email action
Taking action in court is a daunting prospect that most of us probably hope we never have to do. But sometimes, it’s the right thing to do, or even the only option left in order to ensure a great wrong is put right.  This is as true of important environmental issues like fighting climate change, tackling pollution, protecting rare wildlife and habitats as it is in any walk of life. The difference is, the environment can’t go to court by itself – it depends on courageous citizens to take legal action on its behalf.
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Image: Mentawai: rainforests, not biomass for electricity! The Mentawai Islands of Indonesia are small slices of paradise in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sumatra. Their lush rainforests are home to several primate species found nowhere else in the world. The indigenous people of Mentawai have maintained their ancestral culture and their deep, spiritual relationship to the forest at its heart.   Read More...
Image: Laudato Si’ Week 12 - 19 June Global Catholic Climate Movement
Nearly one year ago, Pope Francis released his historic encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home. The encyclical issued an unprecedented call to “address every person living on this planet” about the climate and environmental crisis. This transformative and historic document was to influence the Paris Agreement and our Catholic community's engagement with the ecological issue.   Read More...
Image: Survival International: Stop illegal evictions and save the tiger - email action Tribal communities who have seen their ancestral homelands turned into tiger reserves are being illegally evicted in the name of "conservation."  It's destroying them. It's also doing nothing to help save the tiger.   Read More...
Image: 'Race against time' says UN chief as Paris climate accord signed With their signatures of the landmark Paris climate accord, “governments made a covenant with the future,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the end of a United Nations ceremony that saw the largest single-day turn-out for such an event, and which puts the world on a path towards low-carbon growth and a more sustainable future. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Rainforest Foundation and Ethical Consumer Palm Oil Campaign Ethical Consumer has joined forces with the Rainforest Foundation in a ground-breaking collaboration to respond to the threat now facing the Congo rainforest. Their research is now powering the campaign to encourage consumers to buy the best rated products, forcing companies to use more sustainably sourced palm oil.   Read More...
Image: Earth Hour 2016

WWF’s Earth Hour is an annual global celebration where people switch off their lights for one hour to show they care about the future of our planet.  This year’s celebrations will be on Saturday 19 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm. To take part, all you need to do is sign up and switch off your lights for that one hour.  It’s a symbolic and spectacular lights out display with a big message – we want to protect the future of our planet!   Read More...

Image: Early day motion 880: Human Rights Violations and Natural Resource Extraction  Please ask your MP to sign this EDM
That this House condemns serious and systematic human rights violations resulting from natural resource extraction operations around the world, as highlighted recently in a conference organised by the Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme; recognises that mining, oil and gas extraction projects are often a source of considerable conflict, threatening indigenous and other communities living on the land; believes that women from affected communities are at particular risk from irresponsible mining practices, as they can face dispossession, displacement and sexual and gender-based violence   Read More...
Image: Email Scotland’s party leaders about climate change ahead of the election Tell party leaders to turn climate ambition into climate action
2016 is election year here in Scotland. After last year’s climate agreement in Paris, what matters now, across the world, is what actually happens as a result of politicians’ climate promises.  Ahead of Scottish Parliamentary election in May 2016, tell Scotland's parties what matters to you.   Read More...
Image: Ban microbeads to reduce plastic pollution: Greenpeace Email Action Polluting plastic could be in the toothpaste you innocently brushed your teeth with this morning. It could be heading from your drain, into our oceans, as we speak. But it doesn’t have to be like this. President Obama’s just banned these tiny bits of plastic - called 'microbeads' - after thousands of Americans spoke out. If we turn up the heat on David Cameron while this issue is in the public eye, we can force him to do the same in the UK.   Read More...

2015

Image: A peaceful future depends on climate justice now Pax Christi International statement on COP21
The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), of which Pax Christi International is a member, has collected more than 800.000 signatures on its Catholic Climate Petition, to be delivered on 28 November to world leaders attending COP21. The petition, inspired by the words of Pope Francis in Laudato Si’, urges leaders to drastically cut carbon emissions.   Read More...
Image: Stop Climate Chaos Scotland Why the Paris climate talks m atter
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have produced a small briefing on why the climate talks matter, and what they want political leaders in Paris and in Scotland to do, it is available on their website.   Read More...
Image: Scotland’s Climate March Saturday 28th November 2015, gather at 12 noon at the Meadows (near Middle-Meadows Walk), Edinburgh
Join the worldwide movement marching for a better future.  Over the weekend of 28th and 29th November, people across the world will march for climate action: from Melbourne to Tokyo and from Mumbai to Buenos Aires.   Read More...
Image: 500 year old rainforest cleared for 3 day event Please sign the petition
A 500 year old forest is being clear cut to make way for Olympic ski facilities that will be used for a three day competition!  Olympic organisers in South Korea are tearing down forest, with trees half a millennia old, to make room for new ski facilities. The International Olympic Committee has mandated these games as "Green Olympics", let's hold them to it and save the ancient forest. (Avaaz)   Read More...
Image: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation Building on his recent encyclical, Pope Francis has instituted an annual Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in conjunction with the Orthodox Church, which already celebrates the day. Here is Pope Francis' letter to the Cardinals responsible for coordinating the Day.   Read More...
Image: Approaching Laudato Si Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.   Read More...
Image: Rainforest Rescue: Stop the Nicaragua Canal Email Action
Nicaragua is planning a new canal for container ships and oil tankers. While the project is economically important for China – the apparent driving force behind the canal – it would mean clear-cutting rainforests, mass resettlement and the destruction of Lake Nicaragua’s ecosystem.   Read More...
Image: Laudato Si Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change
In Laudato Si: On care for our common home, Pope Francis calls on all people of goodwill to care for the world’s poorest people, for future generations and for the earth, our common home. He has called us to act and to care for the world’s poorest people. Please sign via SCIAF the climate petition today.   Read More...
Image: Please sign the Global Catholic Climate Movement Petition Pope Francis has endorsed a Catholic petition calling for bold climate action after meeting with the newly created Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) on 13 May 2015. The Pope's move is another sign that he intends to lead Catholics into an active response on climate change, says the Franciscan Action Network. (Ekklesia)   Read More...
Image: Climate Rally at Scottish Parliament Come along to Scottish Parliament to celebrate all that we love that is affected by climate change.  Together we will call on the First Minister for action in this important year.  It's time to Show the Love.  Come along on Wednesday 27th May from 12-2pm (or from 12.30-1.30 if your time is limited!).   Read More...
Image: For the Love of... Stop Climate Chaos Scotland email Action Email the First Minister today
For the love of country walks and Scotland's beautiful seasons. For the love of the food on our plates. For the love of our global neighbours. For the love of the Arctic and the Great Barrier Reef. For the love of all the things we care about, we're taking action on climate change, and we’re not alone.   Read More...
Image: Valentine’s Resources from Eco-Congregations Scotland Eco-congregation Scotland have been busy pulling together some brilliant resources which congregations can use on Sunday February 15th to guide them in worship.   Read More...

2014

Image: Stop the chainsaws, Mr. 'Climate President'! Vast swathes of Peruvian rainforest are being cleared for plantations
How can the environment minister of Peru preside over the current UN Climate Summit in Lima while actively promoting rampant deforestation in his own country? Help us call him out on his hypocrisy! Please sign the petition and share it far and wide!   Read More...
Image: For the love of…  Let’s do something about climate change Stop Climate Chaos Scotland's new campaign
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, in collaboration with its sister organisations, the Climate Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Wales, are focusing on things that people care about that will be affected by climate change. And yes, you’re right, climate change could affect pretty much everything, and that’s what they want to highlight   Read More...
Image: Scottish climate change efforts step up a gear Announcements made today demonstrate that the Scottish Government is serious about getting Scotland back on track to fulfil the promises set out in the Climate Change Act. Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) made the comment on the day the latest climate emissions figures were released which showed for a third successive year the Scottish Government has failed to meet the targets set out in the Act.   Read More...
Image: P&G pledges to protect the forest – once it’s gone Email Action
Procter & Gamble (P&G) is the corporation behind brands such as Mr. Clean, Head & Shoulders, Gillette and Oil of Olay. It has pledged to use only deforestation-free palm oil – as of 2020. Please tell P&G that 2020 is too late – the remaining rainforest will be gone by then!   Read More...
Image: Ban plastic bags in the EU - sign the petition

On April 17, the European Parliament will be voting on a proposal to “reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags”. EU citizens use more than 100 billion plastic bags a year. Perhaps they forgot their shopping bags at home – or they haven’t given any thought to the effects of the flood of plastic waste. Most people put plastic bags in the trash immediately, but even so, around eight billion are carelessly discarded in the EU every year, leaving them to litter the countryside and waters for centuries to come.   Read More...

Image: Charities say Scotland must play its part to avoid climate chaos Charities in Scotland say a new UN report on the impacts of climate change underlines the urgent need and moral responsibility for Scotland to meet its greenhouse gas emissions targets. On Monday 31 March scientists from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change outlined a stark assessment of the impact global warming will have on the planet and on humans, especially those already living in poverty.   Read More...
Image: March 29th - Earth Hour 8.30pm - Uniting People to Protect Our Planet In the UK alone we consume three times our fair share of the planet’s resources. The World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world inspiring a global community of millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a show of concern for the environment. It invites us to think of positive ways to reduce our carbon footprint.   Read More...
Image: Push for European climate action

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland have joined forces with their sister organisation in England - Stop Climate Chaos - to ask people across the UK to write to David Cameron and Nick Clegg, calling for the UK to push for more climate ambition in Europe.  On 22nd January, the EU published its 2030 climate and energy white paper.  This sets out three targets for the EU to meet by 2030: one on greenhouse gas emissions; another on renewable energy; and one on energy efficiency.    Read More...

Resources


Image: 2018 Joint Statement on Climate Justice by Bishops' Conferences

The heads of six continental bishops’ conferences have signed a rare joint statement urging political leaders to solve climate change.



Image: Global Warming of 1.5ºC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have produced a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.
 



Image: European Justice and Peace Commissions Unite in Call to Protect Water

During the meeting of Justice and Peace Europe in Barcelona a symbolic action took place at the Delta of the Llobregat River to give a voice to the cry of Sister Water.  Justice and Peace Scotland were present and took part in the action.















Image: European Justice and Peace Commissions Unite in Call to Protect Water




Image: European Justice and Peace Commissions Unite in Call to Protect Water

At the meeting of European Justice and Peace Commissions on Saturday 29th September in Barcelona Justice and Peace Scotland took part in a symbolic action "Give Voice to the Cry of Sister Water".



Image: The Great British Beach Clean and Survey
14th - 17th September

The Marine Conservation Society have launched Beachwatch 2018, the UK's biggest beach clean up and survey.



Image: MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world unite to pray and act for our common home.  The Season of Creation begins on 1st September with the Day of Prayer for Creation, and ends on 4th October, the feast day of St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology in many traditions.  
 



Image: Kirk launches Creation Time 2018 resources

An ecumenical team with contributors from the Church of Scotland, the Roman Catholic Church, the Salvation Army, the Scottish Episcopal Church, and the United Reformed Church have put together Creation Time worship materials on the theme of ‘Passing our Planet on: God’s Gift to us’.



Join people from across Scotland on Wednesday 19th September at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and ask your MSPs to push for a strong Climate Change Act.



Image: Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade. If that continues, we are in serious trouble.

A worrying report in the Washington Post claims that scientists are warning of the accelerated melting of the Antartic ice sheet and stressing the importance of immediate action to reduce greenhouse gasses



Every supermarket in the UK has pledged to eradicate unnecessary single-use plastics by 2025, under a new "UK Plastics Pact", this is the claim  made in an article in the Telegraph today, Friday 27th April.



Image: New Toolkit to Support Climate Change Advocacy

ACT Alliance has published a new toolkit to support climate change advocacy at national and regional level: Towards the Ambitious Implementation of the Paris Agreement.



Image: Oxfam Report - Uprooted Climate Change Displacement




Image: Advent Toolkit
22/11/2017
Advent Toolkit

During the season of Advent, we have the opportunity to deepen our own sense of love for the world.  Protecting creation and vulnerable people is an important way to love.



Image: European Justice and Peace Conference - Taize




Image: Season of Creation 2017

As Pope Francis said, “Creation is of the order of love.”  We invite you to protect it.

The Global Catholic Climate Movement have produced new resources for use during the Season of Creation 1st September 2017 - 4th October 2017.



Image: Day of Prayer for Creation

Pope Francis has encouraged everyone to take part in a Day of Prayer for Care of Creation on 1st September every year.  Here is The Laudato Si litany prayer and also information on how to organise a prayer service.

 



Image:  World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis recently declared September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. He said,  “The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.”

Further information and resources for marking this day can be found at Global Catholic Climate Movement



Image: Divest your church
27/07/2017
Divest your church
How to divest your church from fossil fuels.

 

A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further information on the Bright Now website



Image: Holy See is committed to protecting oceans

Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has issued the full text of his statement to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of the 14th Sustainable Development Goal, which deals with Conserving and Sustainably Using the Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources.
 



Image: 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

Just released by the World Bank, a visual mapping of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development goals which include: ending poverty, good health, access to education, sustainable cities. Each section highlights progress and challenges.

Access the Visual Map

It takes a wee while to load, so be patient.
 



Image: Divest your church: new resources

Does your church have investments in fossil fuel companies? Ever thought about moving your money somewhere that builds the world you want to live in? A new resource produced by Operation Noah, Divest your church, explains how your local church can divest from fossil fuels and reinvest for a brighter future, as well as supporting the campaign for the national Churches to divest.

Further details

  



Eco-Congregation Scotland - have recently produced an online guide 'Ten Tips For Attracting Wildlife Into Your Garden And Churchyard.' Download here




Image: Approaching Laudato Si
Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.



Image: IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

The Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the fifth in a series of such reports.



Image: Between the Flood and the Rainbow
A Study Guide on Climate Change based upon key themes in Catholic Social Teaching. (Multiple parts, individually downloadable).



UKCCC report: The UK Committee on Climate Change published its report 'Scotland's path to a low carbon economy' on 24th February. The report says that 42% emissions reduction in Scotland by 2020 is challenging but achievable. When asked, Stewart Stevenson committed to 42%, saying "...having set a 42% target, that is one we should stick to...it is certainly our intention to stick to 42%..." so we have a clear statement from Government on the record.



Mike Robinson, Chair of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland gives statement on the outcome of the UN summit on climate change in Copenhagen.



Image: Justice & Peace Scotland Handbook




With valuable context and criticism by eg Anne Pettifor, Susan George and others.



David Miliband's excellent address to Pontifical Council Conference