About the The Environmental Crisis and Rural Communities course
How does the environmental crisis affect UK rural communities?
In this course we will reflect on the environmental crisis as it affects UK rural communities. We will consider both how climate change affects rural communities and the contribution of those communities to the problem. What is likely to happen in the future? We will then move on to assess other key environmental problems in the countryside: biodiversity loss, soil degradation and nitrogen pollution. How can we increase food production from our agricultural land without destroying the ecosystems we so value?
We will respond theologically, by exploring some of the biblical passages that describe the relationship between God, humans and the rest of creation. We will explore environmental ethics within the text of the prophets and we will find out how New Testament Christology can help us in understanding our relationship with the natural world. We will apply these in a rural context, looking at issues to do with agriculture, rural communities and lifestyle to build a practical missiology for Christian discipleship in the countryside.
Dr. Martin J Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist. He is Operations Director for the John Ray Initiative (JRI) and Principal Tutor for CRES (Christian Rural and Environmental Studies).
The Revd Margot R Hodson is Director of Theology and Education at JRI and Associate Vicar of the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice, West Oxfordshire.