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Scottish churches ‘going green’

By Denise Glass
Tayside reporter, BBC Scotland news website

Climate change, reducing your carbon footprint, energy efficiency and fair trade are all big global issues at the moment. But it is not only individuals and businesses which are looking to be more environmentally friendly – many Scottish churches are also going green. Almost 200 have become eco-congregations, which means they encourage parishioners to reduce, reuse and recycle, but also try to make sure their church buildings and grounds are as environmentally responsible as possible.
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  1. Chris Harries

    August 31, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    We have to thank Al Gore for converting the climate issue from an environmental one to a social one. It was his single emphatic sentence: “This is a moral issue” in An Inconvenient Truth that flipped the moral conscience of the world.

    As much as many of us have looked on in dismay at the ecological impacts of climate change, we live in a society that has human centredness deeply imbedded. Like it or not, the majority of people do not respond strongly to environmental imperatives.

    Expending the environment was a price that most people were prepared to pay for the continuation of their lifestyle. But human disasters – such as cyclone victims, drought ravaged farmers – well that’s another thing. Suddenly the churches are interested.

    Well, its good they are coming on board, even if from a narrow minded perspective.

    Same goes for the Labor Party, never too fussed about environmental calamities but as a human moral issue the climate issue meshes with their values.

    The message is? If you want action on climate change and you want to be heard, forget the environmental aspects, just hammer home the potential human consequences.

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