An international conference on climate change in Lincoln this week will explore what is referred to as a climate emergency with no boundaries.
The conference, jointly hosted by the Diocese of Lincoln and the University of Lincoln, explores the key role of water in the challenge of climate change from a scientific perspective and also from a Christian faith perspective.
Climate change will also be addressed through culture, the arts and education. An aim of the conference is to facilitate dialogue between those already affected by the consequences of climate change, climate academics and religious leaders, alongside students and members of the public in the search for new perspectives and opportunities.
The Rt Revd Dr David Court, Acting Bishop of Lincoln, says science tells us what is happening and faith raises questions about how we respond. The bishop says that teaching over recent centuries gave humanity domination over the earth and the consequences of that are now clear and so it is important to see the earth as a gift to be treasured and not endangered. “As individuals, as community, as county and a country and global community we need to be informed. Climate change is a crisis but it is not too late to be able to speak and act collectively to provide leadership in ways that creation is honoured rather than endangered,” says Bishop David.
The conference - Moana: Water of life. Navigating Climate Change for Planetary Health will take place at the University of Lincoln on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st August.  There will be a special service held at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday 1st September at 10:30am with a focus on caring for creation which marks the beginning of the season of Creationtide for the Church of England and other denominations with a focus on the God’s gift of creation to humanity.
The conference will be opened by a delegation from the Diocese of Polynesia led by Archbishop Fereimi Cama - Archbishop of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, with representatives from Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Their presentation will tell how they lived through devastating cyclones and respond to the threat of rising waters around their islands. There are also speakers from Aotearoa New Zealand with students from St John’s Theological College and the Bishop of California, the Rt Revd Marc Andrus and the Episcopal Church’s representative to the United Nations.
Professor Edward Hanna, Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology at the University of Lincoln said: "This international conference comes at a crucial time.  We need action on how we deal with the widespread social and environmental impacts of human-induced global warming and there are choices to be made in how we can do this.  
“All the information that will be presented and shared at the conference will be a resource for others and I hope this will form a solid basis on which actions can be taken that will make a real difference afterwards.”
To offset the carbon foot print generated by the conference the diocese will be planting trees on property it owns in Lincolnshire.
Media Notes
Media are welcome to attend the conference any time and should contact Louise Brown on 01522 504064 or 07885 999906.