What can you or your church do to help fight the climate emergency? An open Forum this Thursday with prominent speaker Adrian Shaw focuses on the crucial issues of climate change and divestment from fossil fuels, as the UK prepares to host the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow in November. The free hour-long meeting will be held by Zoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 15 July, hosted by the Synod’s Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation group (JPIC). Everyone is welcome.
Many of the recent natural disasters that have hit the headlines, like the extreme temperatures and wildfires in Canada, have been attributed to the effects of climate change. With global warming and bio-diversity loss requiring global solutions and action, many of us, both as individuals and church members, may feel there is little we can do to bring about change. However, we cannot remain passive in the face of this environmental crisis – so our discussions at the Forum will be exploring the sort of actions we can take, including campaigning, lobbying politicians and big business, and other strategic actions. These questions will be the main focus for our discussion and will be relevant to all our churches, whether or not they have already registered as Eco Churches.
The discussion will be led by Adrian Shaw, who was the Church of Scotland’s Climate Officer between 2007 and 2020. He was heavily involved in the debates about divesting from fossil fuel companies and has been part of consultations with other churches, politicians, oil company boards, investors, financiers and the general public. He is a volunteer with Eco-Congregation Scotland and an active supporter of faith-based environmental action. He will share his experience of the journey so far and the opportunities that COP26 presents.
This is an excellent opportunity to discuss the way ahead and look forward to COP26. To attend, please email: email@example.com for the Zoom joining details.