Local congregations in Highland have committed to take part in two weeks of actions ‘EcoHighland 2021’ to share the importance of caring for creation, and taking action on climate change timed to coincide with COP 26 in Glasgow.
(COP is the UN conference at which countries will report on their progress in attaining the climate goals set in Paris in 2015, and discuss future plans for addressing the climate change crisis.)
EcoHighland 2021 begins on Sunday 31st October and a worship service will be held in Hilton Church at 5pm, this service will be live streamed via Facebook. As numbers in the church will be limited, If you would like to attend this service in person, please complete this booking form.
Don’t miss an interview with Judith on COP26 and climate change which you can read here.
EcoHighland 2021 is a programme for two full weeks of events, around worship, prayer and action organised by churches locally and supported by Eco Congregation Scotland with Inverness Presbytery Church Support. Running from the 31st of October to the 13th of November, these two weeks coincide with the timing of the vital COP 26 negotiations in Glasgow. EcoHighland 2021 gives local churches and surrounding communities -and those who join us online from elsewhere- an opportunity to share the importance of caring for our planet.
The calendar of events below gives an overview and flavour of the main events happening. It is worth keeping an eye on the Eco Congregation Scotland events page as further events are added. There are activities that will appeal to people of all ages.
These events are only a flavour of the range of things that the congregations are doing.
Inverness St Columba have put together a booklet of pledges to help people care for the planet, as well as a collective active travel challenge to clock up the 180 miles to Glasgow over the duration of COP 26.
Other congregations are taking greening their grounds and beyond seriously by planting trees, wildflowers and daffodils. Many of the congregations are planning what they will do to keep this going beyond the two weeks of EcoHighland 2021.
For example, Inverness Old High St Stephens congregation are planning a series of conversations about climate change and the practical steps we can take to help care for the planet. Inverness Dalneigh and Bona are looking at how to help people make practical changes such as extending the range of things they each recycle.
There are many more exciting plans beside these, so it will be worth keep an eye on church websites and social media in the coming months.
To find out more about the EcoHighland programme, click here or scan this QR code.