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Moana - Water of Life: Navigating Climate Change for Planetary Health

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An international conference to be hosted in Lincoln UK and featuring speakers from Oceania, the USA and UK.

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Scientists tell us that the Earth’s climate is changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilisation through human-induced global warming. Resulting weather extremes cross all borders socially, geographically and generationally. We live in a world shaped by the decisions of our ancestors. Our decisions will decide the size of the carbon footprint inherited by future generations.

On behalf of the Diocese of Lincoln and the University of Lincoln, we invite you to a conference that seeks to navigate ways that science and the church can be leaders, both in caring for creation and measuring the effectiveness of our actions.

The conference is collaborative in nature. There are voices from science and theology in the UK, Oceania, and the United States. These contexts demonstrate that rising tides and falling reservoirs leave us with too much water and not enough water. The experiences, and work undertaken in our companion Diocese of Polynesia will tell of islands in crisis.

This conference aims to identify action we can take together rather than statements that can be made. Conference outcomes include a case study of the impact of the conference and the launch of the Lincoln Diocesan Environmental Policy. It can be a resource for the county of Lincolnshire and beyond.

The conference will plant trees to offset its carbon footprint and will also feature a three course dinner with a low carbon footprint in the Cathedral Chapter House. A full timetable of events will be available online from June at www.lincoln.anglican.org.

Bishop Christopher Lowson, Diocese of Lincoln and Professor Edward Hanna, University of Lincoln.

Keynote speakers at the conference include:

  • Archbishop Winston Halapua retired as a Primate of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia in 2018. He has campaigned vigorously for climate justice and has seen rst-hand the impact of climate change in his country, Tonga, where rising sea levels have led to the sinking of smaller islands.
  • Professor Mark Macklin is Head of the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln. He also oversees the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health, a pioneering research centre which focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers. His keynote talk is entitled: The Rivers of Humankind.
  • Professor Elisabeth Holland is Professor of Climate Change at University of the South Paci c. As an IPCC member she was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize shared with Al Gore for their work on climate change.
  • Bishop Marc Handley Andrus is the eighth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, based in San Francisco. He was the Episcopal Church representative at the annual United Nations climate conference and has lead Episcopal Church efforts to uphold the landmark global climate accord struck at COP21 in Paris.
  • Dr Emily Colgan is a Lecturer in Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible) at Trinity Theological College in Auckland, New Zealand. Emily is particularly interested in ecological representations within the Bible. She works with communities across the Paci c to read the Bible in the context of climate change and presents on the topic at gatherings of the Society of Biblical Literature. Emily’s address is entitled Reading the Bible as Waters Rise: Ecological Interpretation of Scripture.
  • Lynnaia Main serves as The Episcopal Church’s main representative to the United Nations and member of the Presiding Bishop’s Global Partnerships team. Since 2015, she has collaborated with Episcopal Church leaders to enhance the Church’s climate and environmental action and advocacy within the UN system.

Parallel sessions will include:

  • Professor Matthew Cragoe: The Arts and Climate Change. Professor of Modern British History and Pro Vice Chancellor for the Arts at the University of Lincoln.
  • Professor Edward Hanna: Earth, Air, Fire and Ice: Exploring links between global warming, polar ice melt and local scale extreme weather. Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology at the University of Lincoln.
  • Dr Sarah Hemstock and Dr Mark Charlesworth: Climate Change in the role of education. Dr Hemstock is Programme Leader for Geography at Bishop Grosseteste University and an Adjunct Fellow of the University of the South Paci c. Dr Charlesworth is a Human Geographer and a leading expert on policy responses to rapid and abrupt climate change.
  • Dr Sheila Moore Andrus: The Carbon Tracker App. Dr Andrus is an environmental scientist, science manager and educator with a focus on global health, climate change and sustainable development. She is currently developing a web-based carbon tracker to promote education, advocacy and action to address climate change.
  • Rebecca Forster: Ambitions of a zero carbon campus. Ms Forster is Environmental Manager at the University of Lincoln.
  • Dr Andrew Kythreotis and Dr Theresa Mercer: Towards citizen governance for climate education and justice: a science-policy perspective. Dr Kythreotis is a Senior Lecturer in Political Geography, University of Lincoln. Dr Theresa Mercer is a Lecturer in Biogeography & Planetary Health, University of Lincoln.
  • Mike Colechin: Delivering innovative, low carbon energy solutions. Mike is Director and Owner of Cultivate, providing low carbon solutions to industry and academia.

The conference begins at 9am on both days with a welcome to delegates on the Friday. There will be a Market Place, open Friday and Saturday in the foyer of the Minerva Building, will have a range of stalls and exhibitors who are already active at either a local or national level in seeking a sustainable future for the planet.

The ‘Footprint Dinner’ 7pm Saturday 31st August - Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House

Lincolnshire chef and entrepreneur Sam Owen started the Salted Orange Food Company in 2014. He will present a three course sustainable meal with a CO2 footprint of 1.888kg. The evening will end with a tour of the Cathedral with special lighting to highlight the architecture. Tickets are £50pp from our Eventbrite site.

SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER Conference Service, Lincoln Cathedral 10.30am

The final day of the conference will include a service of worship in Lincoln Cathedral focused on the themes of the conference. The service will include the launch of the Diocesan Environmental Policy and the distribution of trees to offset the carbon footprint of the conference. Following the service there will be a lunch in the garden of Edward King House to conclude the conference.

University students are free to attend this conference but please make sure you book a ticket as space is limited. Please email wateroflife.conference@lincoln.anglican.org if you would like more information, to contribute or participate in the event.

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