The Conversation

Saturday 26th September, at St John’s Church, Waterloo, London.

Dangling in spaceEarthyear: The Conversation – an exciting international conference exploring how we as communities of faith can and should be responding to the threat of global warming, and how we as Christians can help campaign and pray for a strong climate deal at the United Nations Climate Change Conference that will help to meet international development aims, which are at increasing risk from rising global temperatures. Eliminating poverty, improving health and building security are all outcomes linked to tackling climate change.

Some of the most vulnerable places on earth, as the planet warms and sea levels rise, are small islands in the Pacific Ocean.  Last summer, President Tong of Kiribati said, “It’s too late for us – whatever the US and China agree about emissions.”  How do you pray when your homeland is disappearing beneath the waves?  What does the world church mean when human-produced climate change is threatening our sisters and brothers like this?

At Earthyear: The Conversation, we will hear from Church leaders from the Pacific nations of Kiribati and Tuvalu.  There will also be contributions from Michael Northcott, Ed Davey, Alasdair Roxburgh, Rosalind Selby, Mark McAllistair, Marilyn Mason and Clare Fussell (Scroll down this page to see details of the speakers).  Christian organisations working in the field will be there to resource your thinking and action further.  It will be a day to change your life and … perhaps … change the world.

Tickets for the day are £6.00, available via on this link:

A simple lunch is included in the ticket price.


9.30 Arrivals

10.00 Welcomes and Worship

10.30 – 12.00 The Facts: Presentations from Alasdair Roxburgh, Rosalind Selby and Mark McAllistair, followed by plenary

12.00 – 13.30 The Impact: Presentations from Michael Northcott, Maina Talia and Ed Davey, followed by plenary

13.30 – 15.00 Lunch and networking

15.00 – 16.30 The Consequences: Presentations from Marilyn Mason, Maleta Rumaroti and Clare Fussell, followed by plenary

16.30 The U.N. summit in Paris in December – pilgrimages and actions

17.00 Worship

17.30 Departures

Our Team Of Speakers

AlisdairAlasdair Roxburgh is Christian Aid’s Campaigns Manager – Church Participation.  Christian Aid’s latest campaign, The Big Shift, is aimed at moving investment away from coal, oil and gas and into renewable sources of energy

RosalindRevd Dr Rosalind Selby is a United Reformed Church minister and Principal of Northern College, Manchester (one of the URC’s three ministerial training colleges). She chaired the Joint Public Issues Team working party that produced Hope in God’s Future and has led a number of synod and local church events reflecting upon the church’s role in our concern for the environment. Rosalind’s background is in New Testament hermeneutics, and The Comical Doctrine was published in 2006. She has recently specialised in ecological hermeneutics and designed and delivered an MA module for ministers, and student ministers, in this field

MarkMark McAllister has worked in the international oil industry since 1979 and is currently CEO of PA Resources. Mark served as Chairman of OSPRAG which formulated the joint response of the North Sea oil industry, trade unions and government to the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He has helped pioneer a new marine heavy-lift technology aimed at ensuring the safe and efficient removal of large offshore oil and gas platforms. In 2009, Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Robert Gordon’s University in recognition of services to the oil industry.

Mark and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Kennington in 2012 when the last of their four daughters left home. They belong to Oasis Church Waterloo where they lead a small group and Mark is responsible for the church’s Sustainable Faith initiative. Earlier this year, Oasis received its first ecoCongregation award from A Rocha. Mark is currently a Trustee of London School of Theology and was Chairman of Christians in Sport.

MichaelProfessor Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity at Edinburgh University.  He has written widely on climate change, including A Political Theology of Climate Change (SPCK 2014).

MainaMaina Talia is from Tuvalu and he is currently working as a Climate Change Officer for the Ekalesia Kelisiano Tuvalu (Tuvalu Christian Church) since 2011. He his also the Secretary for Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TuCAN). Having worked as a Climate Change Officer it create opportunities for Mr. Talia to attend UN Conferences on Climate Change/Indigenous Issues and Churches related conferences in ensuring the sustainability of their island communities. Mr. Talia is also the focal point of the Pacific Indigenous Peoples moment in Tuvalu. He is married with two children.

EdEd Davey was Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton from 1997 to 2015.  He served as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from 2012 to 2015.


MarilynMarilyn Mason taught for 20 years before becoming the British Humanist Association’s first ever Education Officer in 1998, where part of her job involved writing for students and teachers on humanist perspectives on a range of ethical issues including human rights, world poverty and the environment. Since her retirement in 2006, she has tried to turn humanist theory into personal action. She has become heavily involved in community and environmental concerns in her home town of Kingston upon Thames. She founded Kingston Philosophy Café, founded and chairs a community choir, is secretary and newsletter editor for Transition Town Kingston, and chairs Kingston Environment Forum, which liaises with the local council. She also co-founded and coordinates the web-based Humanists for a Better World, writes and talks about environmental and other global issues, mostly to fellow-humanists, and represents the BHA in The Climate Coalition.

Rev. Maleta Tenten is the Secretary for Mission in the Kiribati Uniting Church. Before being elected by the Church General Assembly to the position held, she spent most of her church ministry in their local Theological College coordinating the Spouse Program. The Spouse Program’s objective is to prepare and to equip the spouses of theological students to the church ministry ahead of them. They are to assist and support their spouses who are to be future pastors in the church in areas needed in the Ministry.

In the years 2007 – 2009, she had the opportunity to study again in the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji alongside her husband. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology & Sociology.  She was assigned by her church then to work in the Desk of Church in Society which is part of their mission work to look at all the social issues arising in society and how the church responds to existing problems.

In 2012, Maleta was appointed to be the Secretary for Mission to look after the mission work of the church which includes pastoral work, chaplaincy ministry, youth ministry, women and social issues.

ClareClare Fussell is the Campaign Manager of The Climate Coalition (TCC), a network of around 100 organisations dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest communities. TCC brings together environmental, faith, development, youth and women’s groups together with unions and others to call for strong action from our leaders to protect the things we love from the affects of climate change. Clare leads the Secretariat and develops the coalition’s campaigns.

Clare has an MSc in International Development Management, and has previously worked in a range of international and national charities including Christian Aid and Traidcraft. She is on the Steering Group of the Faith for the Climate network, and enjoys working with faith groups speaking out on climate change.

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