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Kirk appoints Climate Change Project Officer

Following the debate on climate change at the General Assembly 2007 the Kirk has appointed a Climate Change Project Officer. Welcoming the appointment the Convener of the Church and Society Council, Morag Mylne said:

The Church of Scotland is concerned that climate change poses a serious and immediate threat to people everywhere, particularly to the poor of the earth; and that climate change represents a failure in our stewardship of God’s creation. We accept the need to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases urgently to avoid dangerous and irreversible climate change; and to promote a more equitable and sustainable use of energy.

Adrian Shaw has been appointed to the post. Adrian comes from a local government background having moved from South Ayrshire Council where he was Policy Manager in the Chief Executive’s Department . He is a member of the Scottish Council of WWF – the World Wide Fund for Nature.

Adrian will be working in three main areas.

  • The first is to work with the Councils of the Church to identify the impacts of climate change and help Councils to address these impacts.
  • The second part of the task is to support eco-congregations; to work with them to help them respond effectively to climate change.
  • The third is to contribute to the wider debate in Scotland, for example through the Stop Climate Chaos coalition.

The post is located in the Church and Society Council but is jointly supported by the World Mission Council and Mission and Discipleship Council.

For further information please contact Adrian Shaw.

Telephone: 0131 225 5722
e-mail: ashaw@cofscotland.org.uk

December 2007

[Text taken from press release]

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