2014-04-08 ISCAST-CASE (Sydney) Lecture

Date: Tuesday 8th April at 7.30 pm

Speaker: Byron Smith, BA (Hons), BD (Hons), PhD Candidate*

Lecture topic: Climate change and what we should do about it: a Christian perspective

Venue: Main Common Room, New College, UNSW, entrance at 330 Anzac Parade, Kensington. The lecture and ensuing discussion will be followed by light refreshments.

Cost: A donation of $15 ($5 for pensioners and students) towards expenses of meetings would be much appreciated.

Parking is available on nearby suburban streets or in the NIDA car park between the New College Village and NIDA, which is free after 6.30 pm, and is accessed from Day Ave.

RSVPs to Peter Barry [email: (preferably), or mob: 0419 2443 685] would be appreciated, but are not mandatory. For further information also contact Peter.


*Byron Smith has completed 4 years of PhD work at the University of Edinburgh and has been given leave to now return to Sydney to finalize the completion of his PhD thesis and to submit it from Sydney. See also Biosketch below.

Abstract: How should we respond to climate change? After a brief overview of mainstream climate science, this lecture will consider common emotional responses to our predicament and a variety of possibilities for responsible action from a Christian perspective. 


Biosketch: Byron's degrees so far are BA (Hons: English, Philosophy, Univ. Sydney), BD (Hons I, Moore Theological College, Sydney). For his PhD, in the area of Ethics and the environment at the University of Edinburgh, he has been researching the use and abuse of ecological fears in Christian ethics. Byron is married with two children. He has been a Secondary School Teacher (English, Christian Studies) at St Andrews Cathedral School, Sydney in 2002, a Catechist at St Barnabas' Anglican Church, 2003-6, Sydney, Ministry Assistant, All Souls Anglican Church, Leichhardt, 2007–8. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Public Christianity (CPX) in Sydney. He is soon to commence a part-time role on the pastoral leadership team at St George’s Anglican Church, at Paddington. For much the rest of his time these days he spends talking to Christians about climate and ecology and the ways that this context shapes the possibilities for discipleship and mission. See also:


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