Saturday 3.30pm Panel: A Better Future: Politics and Practicalities
Part of our Online Festival 23-25 October. More sessions.
Rachel Mander studied philosophy at Cambridge, before working in Parliament. Her environmental activism brought her to Hope for the Future where she works to enable faith communities to build effective relationships with their MPs around climate change. She is also Executive Assistant to Dave Bookless at conservation charity A Rocha International, and is a founding member of the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN).
Rebecca Willis is Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre, and an Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK. In 2009 Rebecca founded Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative to support Members of the UK Parliament. Her book ‘Too Hot to Handle? The democratic challenge of climate change’ was published in April 2020.
Geoff Stratford is a retired science teacher, who woke up to the possibility that climate change might actually be an emergency when one of his daughters was arrested for stopping a coal train! Further investigation, aided by insights from Sir John Houghton and Prof Bob White alerted him to the power of vested interests seeking to undermine the science on climate change. So he became a ‘self-appointed agitator’: he became a member of the Lincoln Diocesan Environment Advisory Panel and co-founded a ‘Faith & the Environment’ group, which has organised several conferences, public lectures, Ecochurch workshops and events for church leaders. He was also involved in setting up the Lincoln Climate Commission https://www.lincolnclimate.org.uk/, and working with the City of Lincoln Council, drafted the City’s ‘Climate and Environment Emergency Declaration’
Jenny Cooke is a rail engineer from Staffordshire, whose career focuses on innovation for weather resilience (floods and landslips) and decarbonisation. She sits on the Industrial Advisory Board for the biggest rail research department in Europe at the University of Birmingham and has helped develop sustainability training materials for Network Rail staff. She has recently started City Sustainability, a new prayer and support network for business people in Birmingham seeking to bless and protect God’s creation through their working lives. This is part of ChaplaincyPlus, a workplace network which helps Birmingham Christians and their businesses to thrive.
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