On Monday 18 October 2010, at Blackfriars Hall, the Second Spring Association and Pax in Terra presented
Dr. Pablo Martinez de Anguita D’Huart
Professor of Rural Development at Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid
and James Martin Senior Visiting Research Associate, Oxford
Followed by a Roundtable Discussion with
Roger Hammond (Living Earth Foundation)
Mary Taylor, Edward Echlin, Deborah Jones, Russell Sparkes, Stratford Caldecott and others
Monday 18 October 2010, 4.30 pm
Blackfriars, 64 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LY
Our relationship to the natural environment is one of the great issues of our age. It is also one of the most controversial, and not just because of competing political and economic interests. What is “nature?” How should human beings relate to each other and to the natural world? The answers we give are bound to shape both our science and our politics.
Pablo Martinez is a Roman Catholic ecological economist working on three continents to bring harmony between nature and development. His work includes an online university for poor rural villages connecting 30 different countries, and fighting to solve chronic hunger in Sierra Leone. Dr Martinez’s book, Environmental Solidarity (not yet published in English) describes the latest ideas in world development and the need for a relationship with a loving creator as the key to solving the world’s great human and natural crises. Professor Martínez’s work shows a remarkable combination of great passion for the natural world and rigorous scholarship. His lecture will propose a Catholic approach to nature that cuts across existing ideological divisions, in response to the challenge of secular environmentalism. It is an approach based on paying attention to what we have each experienced and loved, and to the principle of solidarity.
Roger Hammond’s Living Earth Foundation (www.livingearth.org.uk) is one of the leading international charities working through education, training and the building of partnerships to promote sustainable development at the local level, with projects in Africa, the Middle East and the Americas.
For a previous conference at Blackfriars see www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk/climatechange
On 11 October 2010 the Pope ended his address to the Assembly on the Middle East with a reference to Psalm 81, "Movebuntur omnia fundamenta terrae" (the foundations of the earth are shaken). He says: 'We see this today, with the climatic problems, how the foundations of the earth are threatened, but they are threatened by our behavior. The outer foundations are shaken because the inner foundations are shaken, the moral and religious foundations, the faith that leads to the right way of life. And we know that the faith is the foundation, and, without a doubt, the foundations of the earth cannot be shaken if the faith, the true wisdom, stands firm. And then the psalm says: "Rise up, Lord, and judge the earth". So let us also say to the Lord: "Rise up in this moment, take the earth in your hands, protect your Church, protect humanity, protect the earth." And let us entrust ourselves again to the Mother of God, to Mary, and pray: "You, the great believer, you who have opened earth to heaven, help us, open the doors today as well, so that the truth may be triumphant, the will of God, which is the true good, the true salvation of the world." Amen.'
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Pablo is Professor of Forestry and Rural Development at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. He is the coordinator of the Latin American Payment for Environmental Services Network (REDIPASA). His work has been focussed on the design of PES schemes, its interaction with national and regional policies and the relationship with rural communities development. He has also taught Resource Management at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2006-07) and at the United Nations University for Peace (San José, Costa Rica). He has worked at the United Nations Forum on Forestry (UNFF) as a Spanish Expert since 2002. He also serves as an adviser to the International Timber Trade Organization. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles, most of them in the field of environmental economics, and has worked on more than 40 forestry and environmental projects of which the creation of the Bi-National Peace Park 'Padre Fabretto', between Honduras and Nicaragua, is one notable contribution. He has also developed projects related to resource management and education in Sierra Leone (Africa).
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Key text for study: Communion and Stewardship,
International Theological Commission, 2004
See also Caritas in Veritate
If you want to cultivate peace, protect creation (World Day of Peace 2010)