'Serious look' aims at sustainability

16 December 2015, Comments Comments Off on ‘Serious look’ aims at sustainability

robert sluka (1)Mission and sustainability might sound a strange mix – but they make a heady brew for a major one-day conference in the Midlands next spring.

A Rocha UK has joined forces with The John Ray Initiative, ForMission College and Micah Global to present A Sustainable Future? – offering ‘a serious look’ at the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals.


Organisers say this event is aimed at those who are ‘missional minded’ and ‘seriously concerned’ about environmental issues. Taking place on 5th March 2016 in Birmingham, the conference will be addressed by such experts as A Rocha’s marine specialist Dr Robert Sluka (pictured).

The Millennium Development Goals were agreed by the United Nations in 2000. These helped to bring about less people living in extreme poverty and more having access to clean drinking water.

‘For one goal, however – that most concerned with environment – things have got a lot worse,’ said JRI Operations Manager Dr Martin Hodson. ‘We’ve seen little progress on carbon emissions cuts and in stemming biodiversity loss.’

In September 2015 the UN agreed new Sustainable Development Goals which focus more on environmental concerns. ‘Already the recent COP21 meeting in Paris addressed the climate change goal,’ said Martin, ‘but there are many other topics we need to look at besides climate change. This conference will consider the new goals and how they will help us towards a sustainable future.’


Keynote speakers include – Christian Aid’s Senior Adviser on Poverty and Inequality Helen Dennis, Dr Simon Stuart of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Micah Network Director Sheryl Haw. Seminars will be led by such people as retired URC minister Rev Dr Andrew Francis, university lecturer Ian Brooks and Micah Network National Co-ordinator Martin Kapenda.

‘The day will be of interest to all Christians concerned about environmental issues and sustainable development,’ said Martin. ‘Places will be limited and the day is likely to be popular – so book early!’

Ticket prices will be £30-£48 depending on how early you book. For more details, visit here.