Leading climate scientist launches new Christian environment initiative

By staff writers
October 21, 2008

A new web-based organisation for Christians working in all aspects of environmental action is being launched today, 21 October 2008, by Sir John Houghton FRS CBE at the IFES International Symposium on Climate Change in Jamaica.

The organisation, named Professionals International in Christian Environmental Action (PICEA), aims to support environmental professionals around the world in their personal and professional development and through networking, to connect individuals and groups. The PICEA website www.joinpicea.org will provide job listings, latest research, a directory of job, discussion board and a peer review facility.

Sir John Houghton explained: “The belief that God cares for all of creation brings a strong message of hope that Christian Environmental Professionals share as they get together in PICEA. In this exciting new association experts from rich and poor, north and south, east and west, will cooperate in facing the enormous challenge of halting and reversing the unprecedented environmental degradation in today's world.”

Sir John Houghton is co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) working group. He was the lead editor of first three IPCC reports. He was professor in atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford, former Chief Executive at the Met Office and founder of the Hadley Centre.

Houghton is the chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an organisation "connecting Environment, Science and Christianity",and he is a founder member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is also the current president of the Victoria Institute.

PICEA is the brainchild of Simon Penny, founder of environmental consultancy Promise Consulting.

"There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians across the globe who are in, or seeking to become involved in, one type of environmental profession or another," Mr Penny said. “They are motivated by their faith to care for their fellow human, their environment and the world God has given us to live in.”

“PICEA is for those people, to help strengthen them in their calling to this vital and important ministry area. We envisage the organisation will be useful to all environmental professionals and even non environmental professionals who would like to support this area of work.

For more information, or to join, visit the PICEA website www.joinpicea.org. The first 100 members will have a free first year.

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