Eco Action - Mayfield Salisbury Church

Eco Group

Mayfield Salisbury Church Eco Group was formed in 2018 as the congregation, individually and collectively, take seriously our responsibilities in caring for the planet and wish to take an increasingly active role in response to growing concerns about the climate crisis.

We have been considering issues of climate change in three, overlapping, areas:  personal, local and national/global.

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved, or want to hear more, or suggest topics we might pursue, please contact Marjory Grant, the leader of Mayfield Salisbury Eco Group, on marjorygrant2001@yahoo.co.uk.

We have an active WhatsApp group sharing information including television programmes, publications or zoom/webinar events If you would like to join this Eco chat group, contact Alastair MacGilchrist on a.macgilchrist@gmail.com.

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Equipment Sharing Scheme

In many homes there is equipment which is useful, but infrequently used. In various ways, it costs the planet to produce it. Equipment sharing reduces unnecessary demand for new and similar equipment. SEE MORE

Activities to date include:

6 October 2019 We marked our “Creation Sunday” with an evening lecture on the Climate Crisis by David Gorman, the Director of Social Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Edinburgh, chaired by Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics at the University of Edinburgh (and a member of Mayfield Salisbury’s congregation and Eco Group)

23 February 2020 We held an Eco Sunday when we launched:

A “Pledge Tree” for members of the congregation - young and old - to clothe our tree with leaves, each leaf representing a commitment to make a change – big or small – to reduce his/her carbon footprint

A weekly Eco Tip for the congregation to help individuals take actions for a greener future. These Eco Tips can be found here. hyperlink to full list

7 March 2020 “Think Global, Act Local” A workshop on where David Bethune, co-ordinator for Eco Congregation Scotland and Adam McVey, the Leader of Edinburgh City Council addressed a packed hall.

Our wide remit includes:

Church Energy Survey. A detailed survey of the energy use at Mayfield Salisbury hyperlink to survey. Completed in December 2020, this estimated that there was potential to reduce by up to 50% Mayfield Salisbury’s annual carbon impact of approximately 63 tonnes CO2 equivalents With the approval of the Kirk Session, the Business Committee are actively pursuing its recommendations.

Ethical consumers. We consider ethical consumer issues. For example we drew attention to concern about chocolate and encourage purchase of products free from palm oil. Ethical consumer webpage on chocolate

Christian Aid. We support the work of Christian Aid, for whom a particular concern is the adverse effect climate change is already having on poorer communities around the world. Christian Aid Climate page

Equipment Sharing Scheme. As a contribution to ‘Reduce, Re-use, Recycle’, we are compiling a register of household equipment tools etc which are infrequently used and can be shared with others in the congregation. Equipment Sharing Scheme page

Eco-friendly recipes. Practical ways to eat greener. Jean and Jan’s recipes coming soon.

Reading list. With increasing interest and concern for environmental issues, there are many books and links available. Although this list is, therefore, in no way comprehensive, here are some suggestions which are recommended by the Eco Group. Reading list

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ECO TIPS

  • Make a positive decision to avoid commercial greetings cards; use electronic ones or make your own.
  • Calculate your carbon footprint. See http://www.worldwildlife.org or others.
  • Switch off lights, power supplies or modems when not in use.
  • Carry out an inventory of your clothes- can you recycle, upcycle? 
  • Count up how much plastic you have used this week. 
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READING LIST

With increasing interest and concern for environmental issues, there are many books and links available. Although this list is, therefore, in no way comprehensive, here are some suggestions which are recommended by the Eco Group.  

These can be borrowed by emailing marjorygrant2001@yahoo.co.uk

  • There is No Planet B by Mike Berners-Lee:  readable, informative and constructive.
  • The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells: comprehensive if rather forbidding The Washington Post called it this generation's Silent Spring'
  • Riders on the Storm by Alastair McIntosh:  Outstanding , combining science, politics and spirituality.  Google also Alastair McIntosh's home page or see Jonathan Rowson's review on YouTube.
  • My Life on our Planet  David Attenborough  Very readable