Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change


In December 2015 the United Nations climate change meeting (COP21) will happen in Paris. The meeting is scheduled to produce a global agreement on carbon emission cuts, EDC Artworkand it will undoubtedly be the focus of much attention in the media. If we are to limit the increase in global temperature this century then we need a strong deal, but sadly most commentators are suggesting that if there is a deal it will be a weak one. But regardless of whether we get a strong deal in Paris some degree of climate change is now inevitable and we must adapt.

This conference has drawn together scientists, theologians and other professionals to give us a snap shot of where we currently stand on climate change. How will plants and animals adapt to a warming planet? Will we see mass migrations of people? What moves will the politicians make? Can we develop a theology of climate change? How should Christians respond? These are among the questions we will attempt to answer in this informative day. It promises to be popular so book early.

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09:00 Arrivals and welcome

09:30 Welcome and Introduction

09:40 Worship

09:50 Mike Morecroft “Climate Change and Biodiversity”

10:50 Coffee and Student Presentations

11:30 Allan Findlay “Climate Change and Human Migration”

12:30 Buzz Groups

12:50 Lunch

14:00 Michael Northcott “The Political Theology of Climate Change”

15:00 Seminars

1. Recent developments in the science of climate change – Sir John Houghton CBE FRS

2. Climate change and migration – implications for the Church ­- Andy Kingston-Smith

3. Carbon offsetting – a licence to pollute? – Caroline Pomeroy

4. Does the Bible help us address climate change​? – John Weaver

5. How can the Church best be an agent of change? – Sarah Wiggins and Billie Anderson

16:00 Plenary session with speaker panel

16:30 Concluding comments

Booking Information

The cost of the day is £45 per person or £38 per person if booked before 31 January 2015. This includes a two-course lunch and refreshments. Please indicate your top three seminar choices, and your lunch option, when you book.

A copy of the conference leaflet giving additional information – including details about the seminars and speakers can be viewed and downloaded here (pdf file)

Book at or by downloading the booking form from here.

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