Can you imagine 10 years of constant cold and wet weather? After a week of constant rain and more on the way, it may seem like a reality rather than a flight of fantasy – but it actually happened.
It is recorded that the Thames Valley turned cold and wet for a decade after Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in 1533. According to the history books, the king’s subjects blamed him after the divorce of his godly wife Catherine of Aragon.
While such magical thinking has long since been abandoned and weather forecasting getting more and more accurate, but climate change research is suggesting that there may be a connection between politics and the weather.
To explore this subject, All Saints Church in Wiltshire Road, Wokingham will host a lecture by Professor Michael Northcott on Saturday, October 11.
Called Neighbour Love in a Changing Climate, it starts at 7.30pm and entry is free.
Professor Northcott will explore how the Christian ethic of neighbour love might inform a political response to climate change and forms the start of a Climate Change series at the church.
It will be followed up with a special service, taking place at the church on Sunday, October 19, at 9.30am. John Redwood, MP for Wokingham, has been invited to talk about the Government’s response to climate change as part of a Christian Aid initiative.
Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and an Anglican Priest. He is author of a number of books including The Environment and Christian Ethics (Cambridge UP 1996), A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Darton Longman and Todd, 2007), A Political Theology of Climate Change (SPCK, 2014) and, with Peter Scott, Systematic Theology and Climate Change (Routledge 2014).
He is lead investigator on the AHRC/ESRC research project Caring for the Future Through Ancestral Time: http://ancestraltime.org.uk/.
He has been visiting professor at Claremont School of Theology, California; Dartmouth College, New Hampshire; Duke University, North Carolina; Flinders University, South Australia; and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
From 1984 to 1989 he was lecturer in Seminari Theologi Malaysia and Priest in the Diocese of West Malaysia.