Rich Christians in an age of climate change

The Irish churches must address economic and ecological issues, and not just spiritual and sexual ones, as part of their Kingdom mission.

From February to June of last year, I, along with many others, protested peacefully against the decision to drill an exploratory oil well less than 400m from a drinking water reservoir in the hills above Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, my then home. It was my first time getting involved in such a process, as it was for most of the others. And contrary to the claims of various politicians, the protestors were overwhelmingly local and overwhelmingly ordinary, with few classing themselves as ‘greens’ or ‘environmentalists’. Also striking was the sense of community that developed amongst this diverse group over the course of the five months: there were codes of conduct written; there were barbecues and ceilidhs held. I even brought my kids. Continue reading

Support Nicole’s business development internship with us

That’s right. I’m moving to Ireland. Northern Ireland, particularly. Here is the story. This past year I was working at a Christian environmental stewardship organization called A Rocha. A Rocha is an international organization started in Portugal in the 1980s, and one of their centres is located in South Surrey, BC, Canada. This centre is […]

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Nicole will be joining us from January 2017 as a business development intern to help us plan and implement the first stage of our creation care vision: Jubilee farm.

She’s fundraising to cover some of her expenses for her trip and if you’d like to support her, please do consider supporting her crowdfunder.

Cambridge’s postgraduate pioneers

With thanks to all the many people who have made this research possible…

Snow Leopard Research Nepal

Jonny’s research is profiled in this article on pioneering postgraduates at the University of Cambridge.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Conducting scoping interviews in the shadow of the Annapurna massif.  Photo by Prawesh Poudel

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Encounter more

A look back at the Hanson’s study trip to A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre in the summer of 2016.

How do you sum up a summer in just a few sentences? Or how do you describe a formative experience with only words, when words, and even pictures, can only go so far? You can’t. But what you can do is sketch an outline, a few broad strokes of the literary brush that paint a rough image, or distil the basic essence, of an inspiring intercultural encounter, an encounter with myself, with others, with the rest of creation and with God. Continue reading

Tax dodging and conservation

I recently gave a talk at A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre on the potential links between tax dodging and conservation. The issue remains as important now as when I first wrote this blog but the precise nature of any relationships have yet to be explored empirically.

Conservationists should take note of tax dodging and its potential links to biodiversity loss, argues Jonny Hanson, although research is needed to clarify the relationships.

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