The John Ray Initiative (JRI) is an educational charity with a vision to bring together scientific and Christian understandings of the environment in a way that can be widely communicated and lead to effective action. It was formed in 1997 in recognition of the urgent need to respond to the global environmental crisis and the challenges of sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
JRI's mission is to promote responsible environmental stewardship in accordance with Christian principles and the wise use of science and technology.
We aim to both inform and challenge, to develop understanding of the environment and the way in which human society interacts with it, and to stimulate action in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development - including action by decision makers and leaders.
John Ray (1627-1705) pioneered the classification of plants and animals, influencing both Gilbert White and Carl Linnaeus a century later. His writings proclaimed God as creator whose wisdom is manifest in the works of creation, and as redeemer of all things. Inspired by Ray, JRI seeks to teach appreciation of nature, increase awareness of the state of the global environment and communicate a Christian understanding of environmental issues. More about John Ray ...
... means balancing the pressing needs of human communities against the equally pressing need to care for the environment. It means managing resources in such a way as to ensure they are equitably distributed now and for future generations.
... means recognising that the Earth is the Lords, entrusted by God to us, and that we shall have to give account for our use of the earths resources and our relationship with the whole of His creation.