Climate Change:

Why every church leader should know the scientific, theological and biblical imperatives

Introduction and prayers – Bishop Richard

Climate change: the science – Professor Chris Rapley

Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Professor of Climate Science at University College London. He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, visiting Professor at Imperial College London and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.  He is also a member of the Academia Europaea, and a member of the European Space Agency Director General’s high level advisory committee on science strategy.

Chris’s previous posts include Director of the Science Museum London, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.  Before that he established and built up the Earth Observation satellite group at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory.

Climate change update – presentation

Climate change: the theology – Bishop David Atkinson

Bishop David was Canon Chancellor at Southwark Cathedral, the Diocese’s Canon Missioner and then Archdeacon of Lewisham before becoming Bishop of Thetford in 2001, and he is now one of Southwark’s Assistant Bishops.   He has a PhD in chemistry and was ordained after a brief period teaching chemistry and religious studies.

Bishop David has taught Christian ethics and the psychology of religion at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and is now a member of the Board of Operation Noah, a Christian organisation providing leadership, focus and inspiration in response to the growing climatic threat.   He is author of “Renewing the face of the earth: a theological and pastoral response to climate change” and was instrumental in the development of the 2012 Ash Wednesday Declaration, challenging the Church to recognise that care for the world is central to its mission and fundamental to the Gospel.

Climate Change: the theology
– presentation

Climate change: ideas for action – Ian Christie and the Revd Ruth Lampard

Ian is a research fellow and coordinator in the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group in the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey.  Before this, he was a freelance researcher, adviser, teacher and writer on sustainable development and environmental policy, undertaking projects for central and local government, business and non-governmental organisations.   He was also a policy advisor to government ministers and officials on sustainable housing and climate policy and a member of the advisory committee for the World Wildlife Fund’s global and national programmes.

Ruth has been engaging with faith and care for creation since 2005 when she helped to organise a conference on sustainability in St Albans Abbey for St Albans Diocese in partnership with the Conservation Foundation.  Since then she has worked with the Bishop of Kensington and the Diocese of London on sustainability issues.  St Mary The Boltons, where Ruth is Associate Vicar, was awarded an Eco-congregation Award in 2010 for progress (not perfection!) on energy consumption, teaching and community mission.

Climate change ideas – presentation

– Taking care of God’s Creation” –
Diocese of Southwark’s Environment Policy
Shrinking the Footprint” – The Church of England’s environmental campaign
–  S-measure – online auditing tool supporting churches in monitoring and reducing their energy use
–  Eco-congregation – practical ways to respond to the link between fiaht and the environment
  Liturgical resources for Creationtide (1 September – 4 October) are available from: