Revd. Margot Hodson tells us about the Environment and Hope project…
Serious issues about the environment seem to be in the news on a regular basis. This combined with the lack of progress on international climate change negotiations, have led many people with environmental concerns to lose hope.
Three years ago Margot Hodson and Ruth Valerio met up and realised that their hope was also running a little thin. As speakers, their hope had become less proximate and more eschatological. In other words it had changed from “we can fix it” to “it will all work out OK in the end”. Thus began the “Environment and Hope” project. They first gathered a small group of theologians, scientists and activists in Oxford in October 2011 to thrash out some ideas.
In May 2012, they held a much larger meeting called “Communicating Hope” at High Leigh Conference Centre, with 60 people, many of whom are involved in communicating the news about climate change and other environmental problems to Christian audiences. The keynote speakers included theologian Richard Bauckham, and Andy Atkins, the Executive Director of Friends of the Earth. We then needed to publish all this material, and it was Richard Bauckham who suggested that it could go into a special issue of Anvil, the theological journal.
The “Environment and Hope” volume was published online on 5th September 2013, around three years after Ruth and Margot Hodson began the process. All the papers are open access and are FREE to download at the journal website: www.anviljournal.org
Anvil (Volume 29, Issue 1, September 2013, pp. 1–129) contains the following articles:
- Margot R. Hodson: Editorial: Discovering a Robust Hope for Life on a Fragile Planet.
- Martin J. Hodson: Losing Hope? The Environmental Crisis Today.
- John Weaver: Exploring Hope. Richard Bauckham: Ecological Hope in Crisis?
- Archbishop Thabo Makgoba: Hope and the Environment: A Perspective from the
- Majority World.
- Andy Atkins: Communicating Hope in the Real World.
- Bishop Geoff Davies: Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI).
Revd. Margot Hodson is author of Cherishing the Earth and Vicar of the benefice of Haddenham