Climate Change: What Now? Saturday 30th April 2022

Climate Change: What Now? Saturday 30th April 2022

COP26 has passed, and by the time we meet on 30th April 2022 all three working groups on the 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC will have met. It is time to take stock of where we are on climate change and to assess what the future holds. So we are pleased to announce that our CRES day conference at Ripon College Cuddesdon will be entitled “Climate Change: What Now?” To help us with this we have booked two great speakers:

Dr Mike Morecroft

Dr. Mike Morecroft will speak on ‘Climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation: a global view from the IPCC’s latest report’.

Mike is an ecologist and is currently Natural England’s Principal Specialist on climate change. This centres on developing the science of climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation and applying it to conservation policy and practice. He is also an honorary research associate at Oxford University and a Coordinating Lead Author on ecosystems for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report Working Group II (impacts and adaptation). Mike took his degree in biology at the University of Southampton, and he gained his doctorate from the University of Cambridge, looking at the way plants change with altitude on mountains and interactions between climate and nutrient supply. He then had a postdoctoral contract at the University of Manchester before joining the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology in 1992. This became the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and Mike worked there until 2009 when he joined Natural England. During his time at CEH Mike worked on long-term monitoring, climate change adaptation, and forest carbon dynamics, including several long-term studies at Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire. Mike is a licensed lay minister and is the President of JRI.

Dr Bethany Sollereder

Dr Bethany Sollereder will speak on ‘What happens to theology if we cannot stop severe climate change?’

Bethany is a Research Fellow at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. She specialises in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering and is currently working on the theological aspects of restoration ecology. Bethany received her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver. She is the author of God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall and Why is there Suffering? Pick your own theological expedition.

The day will take place on Saturday 30th April 2022 (10.00am to 4.00pm) at Ripon College Cuddesdon to the east of Oxford. We are limiting this day to 30 people in total. For CRES students, tutors, and steering group, the day is included in student fees. The fee for those not associated with the CRES course will be £25.  But EVERYONE wanting to come MUST book with the CRES Administrator, Lynda McKeown, by 20th April at the latest. Email