Quote: Let's hourney inward in order to understand our relationship with the external world.

Martin Palmer: Environmental Theologian

Creation or Ecosystems? Rediscovering Our Place in the Natural World

Featured Performance by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre


HOBT brings people together for the common good through the power of performance. HOBT uses puppets and masks to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence. www.hobt.org

Host: Karen Hanson

Karen Hanson

Karen Hanson is senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota. An alumna of the U of M and Harvard University, she has published many articles and essays in philosophy and the humanities and authored the book The Self Imagined: Philosophical Reflections on the Social Character of Psyche.

May 23, 2012 | 7:30 PM

What can environmentalism learn from religion about sustainability? Environmental theologian Martin Palmer will explore how faith traditions challenge the narrow utilitarian view of our planet and encourage us to be a part of nature, not apart from nature. Learn how, in our data-obsessed world, we can tap the storytelling skills of the faiths to imagine and create a better world.

Palmer is secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), a secular non-governmental organization that assists faith-based and international organizations in developing environmental and conservation projects. His work with ARC has ranged from improving the environmental management of faith-owned buildings, sacred sites, commercial forestry and farmland, to the greening of pilgrimages and creating faith-consistent approaches to purchasing and investment.

A theologian, author, broadcaster, environmentalist and lay preacher in the Church of England, Palmer works with 11 major religions worldwide as well as with a variety of international secular organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund, the United Nations and the World Bank. He is the author of more 20 than books on religious and environmental topics, and is a renowned sinologist and one of the foremost translators of ancient Chinese texts. His work on sacred sites worldwide has won multiple awards, and his book Sacred Britain has been a best seller. He advises UNESCO on World Heritage sites and helps the World Monuments Fund protect endangered sacred sites.

Palmer frequently appears on radio and television, and is a regular contributor to the BBC. In 2007 he was appointed a co-chair with UN Development Programme on the program of Long-term Faith Commitments to a Living Planet. He is also director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture (ICOREC), which specializes in religious, educational, environmental and development issues.

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