Katharine Hayhoe to give the John Stott London lecture 2017

A Rocha International has announced that climate scientist Professor Katharine Hayhoe will deliver the John Stott London Lecture 2017 on 16th November, where she will explore the topic ‘Climate and faith in the public arena’. This event marks the highlight of her forthcoming visit to the UK.

The London Lecture is annual event held in memory of the late Revd. Dr. John R W Stott (1921-2011), one of the most significant Christian leaders of the twentieth century.

Director of Theology at A Rocha International and Chair of this year’s event, Revd. Dave Bookless explained, ‘Katharine Hayhoe brings together biblical Christian faith, academic climate science and insights from psychology and sociology. Added to her winsome communication style, this promises to be a memorable evening.’

‘Climate change is constantly in the global news, with increasingly extreme weather events displacing communities and causing destruction. The John Stott London Lecture comes at a time when the need for faith communities to talk about and act on climate change is more important than ever.’

Professor Hayhoe will explore how, as scientific evidence for climate change builds, so too does vocal opposition, with much of it coming from religious conservatives. She will discuss why climate change is so polarising, and examine how shared values can move us past the barriers we face.

In a recent interview with the New York Times which explored the subject of climate change, Professor Hayhoe commented, ‘The most dangerous and pernicious myth that we’ve bought into when it comes to climate change is not the myth that it isn’t real, or that humans aren’t responsible. It’s the myth that it doesn’t matter to me. As humans, we are all too good at pretending that a risk, even one we know is real, doesn’t matter to us.’

The John Stott London Lecture will take place on Thursday 16 November at All Soul’s Church, Langham Place. Doors open at 6.30pm for refreshments, followed by the welcome and lecture at 7:15pm.

Tickets are priced £6 and are available from jsll.eventbrite.co.uk or on the door.

Sarah Cosgrove 

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