On Tuesday 6th February at 7.45pm we held our JRI 25th Anniversary Celebration – an online event with guest speaker Dr Katharine Hayhoe
Katharine is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change on people and the planet. She is the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy and a Horn Distinguished Professor and Endowed Professor of Public Policy and Public Law at Texas Tech University. She has served as a lead author for the Second, Third, and Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessments and her work has resulted in over 125 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and other publications. She is the author of the best-selling book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World and the World Evangelical Alliance’s Climate Ambassador.
Katharine’s talk for us is entitled: Climate Change: Dealing with Disagreement: Mounting scientific evidence clearly documents the risks posed by climate change to the poor, the needy, and other vulnerable populations, the very people Christians are called to love. As the scientific evidence builds, however, so does the vocal opposition to this evidence. In the U.S. –and spreading to Australia, Canada, the U.K. and beyond –much of the disagreement comes from political and religious conservatives. Why is climate change so polarizing to these communities? What makes it so hard for many to comprehend and accept? Katharine explores the ideological, political, and psychological reasons for these disagreements and argues for the powerful role that a renewed focus on our shared faith can play in moving us forward together.
As mentioned above, there was also be a short reflection on the 25yr history of JRI and especially on the contribution of Sir John Houghton, as well as other JRI founders and supporters.
This event was a bit different from our normal webinars, with a £5 charge for tickets which were available via Eventbrite.
The webinar was recorded and we are most grateful to Matt Collins of MC Digital Online Events for his assistance in making this webinar available to a much larger audience. The recording can be accessed on the webinars page of this website.