The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed by the United Nations in 2000 and were due to run for fifteen years. In many areas we have seen real progress in that time. So there are less people living in extreme poverty and more have access to clean drinking water. For one goal, however, that most concerned with environment, things have got a lot worse. We have seen little progress on carbon emissions cuts and in stemming biodiversity loss. The worry is that if our global environment spins totally out of control then the real progress that has been made in alleviating poverty could go into reverse. In September 2015 the United Nations agreed new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which focus more on environmental concerns.
For our conference in 2016 we have partnered with ForMission, A Rocha UK and Micah Global. The conference will happen on Saturday, 5 March 2016 from 09:30 to 16:30 at Bournville College, Longbridge, Birmingham.
Ticket prices will be £30-£48 depending on whether you book early! Our conference will look at where we stand now on environmental sustainability. We will consider what is in the new SDGs and how they will help guide us towards a sustainable future over the next 15 years. Our keynote speakers will also look at what the SDGs promise for biodiversity and what an appropriate Christian response should be. We will then have a range of seminars covering topics including food, energy, fisheries and cities (see Speakers and Seminar Leaders). The day will be of interest to all Christians who are concerned about environmental issues and sustainable development. Places will be limited and the day is likely to be popular so book early to ensure your place!
For more information see the Conference Web Page. We also have a Facebook Event Page. This year the majority of our bookings will be taken online at our Bookings Page. We are, however, aware that some people may prefer to use a paper route and, if this is you, then please download a printable leaflet (pdf) from this link and follow the instructions to book by post.