Christians in Science - Our Fragile Planet

Start date
28 Sep 2018, 7:30 p.m.
End date
28 Sep 2018, 9:30 p.m.
Redland Church Hall, Bristol

This series of lectures will look at the Biblical mandate for caring for our world and the science that lies behind the challenges we face. The intention is that the lectures should not only inform us of the objective facts and controversies, but also look at how God's people can respond both as individuals and corporately, and in a manner that balances the needs of individuals with the need to safeguard the future of our planet.

Caring for the Oceans 2

Dr Robert Sluka will look at marine biological aspects including coral bleaching, biodiversity, and sustainable fish stocks.

Bob Sluka has been working in the field of marine conservation for 25 years. His focus has been on marine protected areas and the ecology of coral reef fish, as well as coral reef fisheries. After beginning with graduate work in Florida and the Caribbean, Bob spent ten years in South Asia, primarily India and the Maldive Islands. He was introduced to A Rocha on moving to the UK in 2006, and began volunteering with juniper restoration in the Chiltern Hills and marine research in Wales. In 2010 he helped to start marine conservation work at Mwamba, A Rocha Kenya’s Field Study Centre, and is now Lead Scientist for A Rocha’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme. He has written in both scientific and theological journals, including The Hidden things of God in the Ocean (Anglican EcoCare Journal of EcoTheology) and a call to action on marine conservation in the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, the sister organisation to CiS. He currently lives in Florida, USA.

The current CiS Bristol 2018-19 lecture series, Our Fragile Planet, is a tour of the major environmental themes of current concern. Each term we have been hearing from specialists in each field to understand in depth the scientific evidence that informs the call to action, so as to better understand the urgency of the issues if we are to better curate God’s gift to us and take responsibility for restorative action. This lecture is the second of two on the ocean and focuses on species diversity in the oceans and the gravity of the mounting crisis of species elimination and what it means about the future of the complex ecosystem in which we live.

For more information, contact Dr Christina Biggs.