Press Releases 2016

UWTSD to host special event to celebrate the launch of a new partnership with Schumacher College in Devon

17.10.2016

University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Schumacher College in Devon will host a special event in its series of ‘Earth Talks entitled ‘What is the Place of Spirituality in Ecology?’ on Wednesday, October 19 at Dartington Hall's Space studio. Introduced by  UWTSD’s Dr Nick Campion Director (Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture) and chaired by Schumacher’s College’s  Dr Rachel Fleming, the main speakers will be  the University’s new Harmony Professors of Practice; David Cadman, John Sauven and Tony Juniper.

The event , will debate and discuss the role of spirituality in ecology, an issue of profound importance as concern over climate change deepens.   

The event will also celebrate the launch of the  new MA programme in Ecology and Spirituality to be taught jointly by UWTSD and Schumacher College starting in February 2017..

The new MA will bring together the rich theological and philosophical legacy of academic work at UWTSD and the pioneering spiritual and ecological thinking developed to postgraduate level by Schumacher College over 25 years. The programme will explore the role of spirituality, religion, philosophy, science and cultural narrative as both the underlying causes and the potential solutions to the systemic ecological crises in which we find ourselves, at both an individual and collective level.  

The evening is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Harmony Initiative and is sponsored by Dr Nicholas Campion and the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, and Dr Jane Davidson and INSPIRE - The Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness.

Speakers

John Sauven

John Sauven is the Executive Director of Greenpeace UK and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. John co-ordinated the international campaign to secure a moratoria on further destruction of the Amazon by soya producers and later similar tactics were used to get a cattle moratorium. In 2010 John started the campaign to protect the Arctic from oil exploration. It turned into a heroic battle first with Russia’s Gazprom and then Shell. In 2015 Shell pulled out of the Arctic.

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper is a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He was executive director of Friends of the Earth from 2003-2008 was executive director of Friends of the Earth and was Vice Chair of Friends of the Earth International from 2000-2008. He is currently a Special Advisor with the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, Fellow with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership,  is President of the Wildlife Trusts, President of the Society for the Environment and a trustee of Fauna and Flora International and Resurgence-Ecologist.

David Cadman

David Cadman is a Quaker writer and a Harmony Professor of Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  He is also a Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Maryland.   He is a Trustee of The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and a Fellow of the Temenos Academy.  His recent publications include Speeches and Articles 1968-2012, of which he was co-editor, which is a collection of speeches and articles of The Prince of Wales, published by the University of Wales.

Rachel Fleming

Rachel has a background in environmental science and policy, with a PhD in ecological risk assessment and pollution control. After senior positions at the Environment Agency and Defra (with big gaps for voluntary work and travel) 

she realised that education and communication was her best contribution towards positive change. Ten years later, after writing, editing and founding sustainable-living publications of her own, she joinedt Schumacher College to run the communications and development work.

Nicholas Campion

Nicholas Campion is Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. He has a PhD in Sociology/the Study of Religions from Bath Spa University. His academic speciality is the human relationship with the sky, his wider interest the ways in which we envision and construct our relationships with the cosmos. He is currently looking at whether ideas about terrestrial ecology can inform debates about human activity in space.

Earth Talks: What is the Place of Spirituality in Ecology?

Venue: Studio One, Space, Dartington Date: Wednesday 19 October, 2016 Time: 8pm Entrance: £5.00/£4.00 Concession

To Book Tickets: 

Email: boxoffice@dartington.org Telephone: 01803 847070

For full details see https://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/events/earth-talks%3A-what-is-the-place-of-spirituality-in-ecology