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Time for action: calling on parishes to go green

16 August 2022

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On the front line of the climate crisis, droughts, floods and extreme weather events are destroying lives, and leaving people with little or no food and water. Yet, here in Scotland, our lifestyles are making these problems worse, propelling global warming and increasing the suffering of our poorest sisters and brothers. 

To tackle this injustice, there are lots of ways we can act, including encouraging your parish to go green and registering as an eco-congregation!


By registering as an eco-congregation, your parish must formally declare its intention to care for the environment and all of God’s creation. Once enrolled, your parish can then work to achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards, each of which require various levels of commitment. 

Throughout this eco-journey, parishes are encouraged to reflect ‘care for creation’ regularly in worship, drawing on encyclicals such as Laudato Si’, and must engage actively with environmental issues in congregational life. 

Support from SCIAF 

We can support your parish to go green and become an eco-congregation by: 

  • Providing further information and support on how to register as an eco-congregation
  • Offering talks and taking part in environmentally focused events 
  • Giving updates on the newly created Care of Creation office
  • Putting you in touch with other parishes who have already started the process. 

Further information 

SCIAF produces learning materials which explore the integral connection between our faith and care for our Common Home. Check out the following resources:

Email for further information or to let us know what your parish is doing.