Christians in Science - Our Fragile Planet
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 Earth 1
Professor Simon Stuart will be speaking on species conservation: a summary of progress and challenges for the future.
Simon is currently Director of Strategic Conservation at Synchronicity Earth, a UK research-driven conservation charity, and was previously Chair of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The SSC is a science-based network with more than 7,500 experts (mostly volunteers) from all over the world who give their time through Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces. SSC’s major role is to provide information, knowledge and advice to IUCN and the wider conservation community on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use. Simon has undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Cambridge, and since then has worked on a number of global initiatives such as the development of the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, the Listing Criteria of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He currently serves as Chair of the inter-institutional Key Biodiversity Areas Committee.
This talk is part of the Christians in Science Bristol “Our Fragile Planet” series, and the first of three on Caring for the Earth. Simon will be presenting the evidence of the current status and trends of species generally, and then going through the conservation approaches with some commentary on how successful these have been. Like all our CiS speakers, Simon is a committed Christian and will be assuming the theological approach that advocates for caring for this earth as a precious gift and responsibility from a God who cares for the whole of creation. To download the whole termcard and watch the slides and listen to the audio of previous talks visit www.cis.org.uk/groups/bristol.
For more information, contact Dr Christina Biggs.