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Dave has worked with A Rocha since 1997, first as an International Trustee, then from 2001 with A Rocha UK as co-founder (with his wife Anne), National Director, and then Director for Theology, Churches & Sustainable Communities. He joined the A Rocha International team in September 2011. His role as Director of Theology includes providing advice and resources for ARI’s Trustees, Team and national A Rocha organisations, and coordinating liaison with international theological and mission networks and organisations. He has recently completed a PhD at Cambridge University on biblical theology and biodiversity conservation.

31st May 2013 | Dave Bookless | 6 comments

Finding our ecological niche

Every species on earth has its ecological niche, where it can find resources to meet its needs. We humans are able to live in almost any of this planet’s ecosystems. As we have succeeded, so we have moulded the planet to our specific needs. Does this mean that we are some kind of planetary super-predator, and have no ecological niche? Or, does it suggest that whilst we may call ourselves Homo ‘sapiens’, we are failing to be wise?

Categories: Reflections
15th April 2013 | Peter Harris | 2 comments

The Correspondent, the Conservationist and the Chinese Dolphins

Michael McCarthy’s poignant valedictory piece as Environment Editor of The Independent makes sad reading for Christians. But for Samuel Hung of the Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society, it’s only because of his own Christian faith that he has been able to keep going on the difficult and painful road as one of the region’s most respected conservation leaders and campaigners.

Categories: Reflections
26th March 2013 | Dave Bookless | 9 comments

A Horse! A Horse! God’s Kingdom for a horse?

‘Horsegate’ has become a pan-European scandal of producers, suppliers, and manufacturers, and revealed the complexity of our globalised food system. It’s not just about horsemeat, but the whole way in which food is produced. Most urbanised citizens have no idea where their food comes from. It is collective denial, because if we really did know we might have to do something about it.

Categories: Reflections
31st December 2012 | Dave Bookless | 4 comments

From Advent to Epiphany: the nature of hope, and hope for nature

Happy New Year!? What will 2013 hold? More hurricanes, droughts, floods, crop-failures, wildlife extinctions, urban-drift, and desperate people attempting to escape poverty. Not to mention global economic gloom. Perhaps the scarcest commodity of all is hope. What hope can Christians have for the future of the earth, or of our own species?

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30th November 2012 | Dave Bookless | 1 comments

By their fruit you shall know them

One month ago, sixty people from six continents gathered in Jamaica to pray, listen, reflect and call for action. The Lausanne Consultation on Creation Care and the Gospel, co-sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance, was based on the belief that creation care is a gospel issue within the Lordship of Christ, and also that today there is a vital urgency about our task.

Categories: Reflections
16th October 2012 | Tom Rowley | 5 comments

Hopeful action

At a recent conference in the USA, author and Professor Kathleen Dean Moore invited the audience to “give up hope” for the environment. At one end of the hope extreme, she said, is “hopelessness”: nothing we do will matter; at the other end is “uninformed hope”: everything will turn out all right. I agree that neither hopelessness nor uninformed hope is of any value. I stop short, however, of discarding hope.

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Tags: action hope
30th September 2012 | Dave Bookless | 14 comments

What’s the future for planet Earth?

I’ve grown up with the future according to Hollywood: visions of a scary, dystopian future with a world devastated and destroyed. It’s not surprising that popular Christian literature has followed suit. For years I assumed the central assumption was true: that this world would be destroyed completely when Christ returned in judgment. But as I started reading the Bible myself, my questions grew.

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18th September 2012 | Peter Harris | 11 comments

Smelling a Stradivarius (or how to value 100 endangered species)

“The ‘what can nature do for us’ approach has made it increasingly difficult for conservationists to protect the most threatened species on the planet. We have an important moral and ethical decision to make: Do these species have a right to survive or do we have a right to drive them to extinction?”

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