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Aline Nussbaumer has a BSc in Ecology and the Environment and has taken part in ecological surveys of marine ecosystems in Madagascar and Kenya. As part of the A Rocha marine team, Aline has developed resources to combat microplastic pollution in the oceans. She was part of the community at Les Courmettes, A Rocha France, for three years with her husband David and daughter Miriam. They now live in Vancouver where they are studying theology at Regent College.

31st January 2019 | Aline Nussbaumer | 0 comments

Caretakers of the deep

How do you imagine the places we do not know much about, such as the deepest trenches of the oceans? Dark, scary, full of ugly creatures with teeth made for ripping flesh? Unknown monsters lurking in a dark soup? How do you feel about these being damaged by human activity, such as deep-sea mining, changing ocean acidity and temperature, and bottom trawling?

Categories: Reflections
31st August 2018 | Caroline Pomeroy | 0 comments

‘Be fruitful and multiply!’

Our demand for natural resources depends on how much stuff we consume, multiplied by how many of us there are. Readers of this blog will be no strangers to the myriad ways in which we are damaging God’s creation. Human population is discussed much less; it’s a political “hot potato” which conservation organisations, development agencies and churches tend to steer clear of.

Categories: Reflections
4th December 2017 | Dave Bookless | 2 comments

Should we save endangered species?

Biology professor R. Alexander Pyron argues that ‘The only reason we should conserve biodiversity is for ourselves, to create a stable future for human beings.’ At the heart of this is a belief that humanity is the sole species that matters, and possesses not only the creative technological capacity but also the moral will to solve all of its own problems. This is the neo-religious myth of human progress, rooted in neither science nor logic.

Categories: Questions
2nd May 2017 | Dave Bookless | 0 comments

#ConservationOptimism

Recently a couple of us attended the Conservation Optimism summit in London. I went with an open mind, but concerned that this was simply an exercise in papering over the cracks: what room is there for optimism when 58% of the world’s wildlife has disappeared within my lifetime? I’ve been asking myself about hope, optimism and what gives us the ability to keep going even when things are bleak.

Categories: Reflections
15th June 2016 | Peter Harris | 2 comments

Love Actually for nature

It will not be technology, but a fundamental change in our deepest desires that will be how we can help the earth’s species and habitats survive the devastating assault to which we are subjecting them. But we need to think carefully if we hope that we can simply learn to ‘love nature’. What might that actually mean – what is love, actually?

Categories: Reflections