Environmental & Climate talks in London

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) +TALK: People on the Move w/@steveballinger
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
CHILDREN OF MEN (2006) +TALK: People on the Move w/@steveballinger @ The Castle Cinema

In 2027, following 18 years of global human infertility, the world is a bleak and hostile place. Former activist Theo (Clive Owen) drifts through the violence-riven streets of London without hope or purpose. However, when he reluctantly agrees to help former lover Julian (Julianne Moore) smuggle a miraculously pregnant refugee out of the country, he is unwittingly thrust into the role of all that stands between the human race and its extinction. As the country descends into anarchy and the authorities close in, Theo must race against time to secure safe passage for the humanity’s only hope of salvation…

The film will be preceded by a talk from Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future – an independent thinktank and charity working on issues of integration, migration and identity – who will explore what the public really think about refugees and asylum.

Climate science in the Age of Unreason
Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Climate Scientist Dr Ben McNeil, from the University of New South Wales, discusses misinformation and how to tackle it in the click-bait driven environment of social media and weaponised mistrust.

With a group of medical researchers and journalists, Ben set out to tackle the spread of online misinformation by founding Metafact.io in 2018. In this month’s talk, Ben discusses the important background issues and explains the evolution of Metafact as a source of evidence-based information to help individuals and societies in the so-called post-truth era.

Ben McNeil is an Oceanographer and Climate Scientist in the Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, with a Masters in Economics.  He has been a passionate science communicator for over 20 years and is the author of “The Clean Industrial Revolution” which makes the economic and scientific case for a low carbon economy.

Full details at https://pubsci.info/

The Sacramental Sea: A Spiritual Voyage w/@newell_edmund
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Sacramental Sea: A Spiritual Voyage w/@newell_edmund @ St Paul's Cathedral

Why do so many people feel a spiritual connection with the sea?  Edmund Newell’s research shows that throughout history, the sea has been associated with religious experience and that the sea is highly sacramental, speaking powerfully of God.

His new book explores the sea in Christian history, theology and spirituality.  It moves from the Bible to the present day, via, among others, St Augustine, Christopher Columbus, William Shakespeare and John Donne, the scientists of the Enlightenment and the great hymn-writers of the 19th century.  In this talk, he will explore some of what the sea has meant spiritually over the centuries, and challenge us to see the current dangerous rises in sea-levels worldwide as not only an environmental crisis, but a spiritual one as well.

Canon Dr Edmund Newell is the Principal of Cumberland Lodge, and was formerly Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, Sub-Dean of Christ Church, Oxford and Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford.  His latest book is The Sacramental Sea:  A Spiritual Voyage though Christian History (DLT 2019).

Saying Yes to Life w/@ruthvalerio
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saying Yes to Life w/@ruthvalerio @ St Paul's Cathedral

As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted with the care of what God has made and also with sharing in the joy and creativity of making a difference for good.

In her new book, Saying Yes to Life, Ruth Valerio draws on the creation stories from the book of Genesis to illuminate the most vital issues of our times.  She relates their themes, including light, water, the seasons, other creatures and Sabbath rest to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.  She will challenge us to do the same this Lent, asking ourselves foundational questions about what it means both to be human and to be a follower of Jesus.

Dr Ruth Valerio is Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund, and an environmentalist, theologian and social activist. Her latest book, Saying Yes to Life (SPCK 2019) was commissioned by The Archbishop of Canterbury as his official Lent book for 2020.