Let’s talk about the climate emergency

  • 17 Nov 2020
  • General

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/ourglobalconnections/

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything in the Universe”. (John Muir)

As Scotland comes into the spotlight hosting COP 26, due in November 2021, it becomes imperative that Scotland’s churches join the conversation and take action on the Climate Emergency.

One of the most powerful ways we can encourage change is in talking, listening and telling our stories. Eco Congregation Scotland has produced a pack of monthly themed resources to help congregations begin a series of  awareness raising conversations about the Climate Emergency and to encourage everyone to take action.

Throughout November the focus has been on “Our Global Connections”. 

How we choose to live our lives has a direct impact on the lives of other people. The way we choose to travel, the food we eat, the way we heat our homes, our continuing demands for goods and services and the way we deal with the waste produced all have a direct impact on other people.

Certainly the worst of the changes in weather patterns can be seen in other areas of the world producing severe storms and conversely severe droughts leading to famines and other humanitarian crises:

  • Pollution of water courses and air as other countries attempt to recycle our rubbish affect the health of many people.
  • Effects of global warming on our oceans and on plants and animals threaten the web of life.

Inequalities can be seen too in the ability of countries to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, with less affluent countries struggling to provide basic healthcare, sanitation and access to food.

In this month where leaders from many countries across the globe were to have converged on Glasgow for COP26 to consider how best to address the issue of climate change and agree a way forward working together, how will we respond to ensure a fairer world for current and future generations?

Conversation Starters:

  1. How do you feel when you hear about the effects of climate change on the planet and the effects it has on people’s lives?
  2. As Scotland comes to the forefront of international attention, what message would you like the leaders to take home to their country about what is happening in this country?
  3. Is it easy to adopt the kinds of changes that experts suggest we need to if we are to reduce our impact on the world’s climate? What makes these easy/ tricky to do? (eg: eating less meat, reducing waste, insulating our homes, using public transport, changing the kinds of energy we use, buying Fairtrade goods)
  4. Do you feel differently about any of these changes in the light of the pandemic? How have the views and behaviour of other people changed?

Join us on Zoom, to talk and reflect on thoughts about “Our Global Connections”. Register for link here:

https://www.ecocongregationscotland.org/event/ourglobalconnections/