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Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change: Perspectives from Religion and Politics

Friday 29 October 2021 - Sunday 31 October 2021

The Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) of the University of St Andrews is hosting an international conference to address the theme of the COP26 in relation to religion and politics. This year, the conference will be hosted together with Scholars at the Peripheries (a group of scholars from the Global South), and Laudato Si’ International (a group that has been working to understand and deliver the message of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato Si’ 2015 on the care of the planet as the common home).

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COP26 CSRP Scholars Conference

“Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change: Perspectives from Religion and Politics”

29-31 October 2021

All times indicated in the schedule are in UK time (GMT+1). Upon registration, a Teams link will be emailed to registrants.


12.00 Opening remarks and welcoming, Professor Mario I. Aguilar, University of St. Andrews.

12.15 Opening address by Karenna Gore, Executive Director, Center for Earth Ethics & Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

Address 1: 30 minutes + 2 questions.


3.30pm Address 2: Dr. Arvin Gouw, University of Cambridge

4.30pm Address 4: Professor Rattan Lal, Ohio State University

5.30pm Address 3: Professor Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University

6.15pm Closing remarks of the day, Professor Mario I. Aguilar



Rethinking Context, Religion, Politics and Ecology

10am Morning address

‘Beyond Genesis to Contexts: Liberation Theology and Ecology’ by Professor Graham McGeogh (Brazil)

11.30 Session I: Chaired by Dr. James Harry Morris (Japan)

Curbing Climate Change: A Revisit to Hindu Environmentalism by Shruti Dixit (India)

‘And there is Beauty in Them’: A Comparative Theology Reconfiguration of the Status of Non-Human Beings by Dr. Hans Harmakaputra (USA)

Muslim and Christian Responses to Climate Change: Jordan and Indonesia as Case Studies by Drs. Ferry Y. Mamahit and Rana Abu-Mounes (Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies, Oxford)

River and Soil: Christian Reflections on Poisoned Waterways and Farmland following the Ashio Copper Mine by Dr. James Harry Morris (Japan)


1.30 pm Session II: Chaired by Dr Eric Stoddart, University of St. Andrews.

To Let the Sea’s Diakonia Flourish: An Indonesian Political Theology of the Sea in Response to Climate Change by Elia Maggang (Indonesia/UK)

Hope Seeking Neo Eco-Ethics: Toward a Theological-ethical Invitation to confront the Plastic Wastes Problem in Indonesia by Adrianus Yosia (Indonesia)

Dictionaries as Ecological Tools by Jorge Cuché (Chile)

Strange Bedfellows: Why Climate Change Law Foreshadows a Realignment of Political Fault Lines in the United States by Tanmay Shukla, JD (India/USA)


3.30 pm Session III: Chaired by Dr. Ivón Cepeda-Mayorga (Mexico)

Climate Change: A challenge to improve global health by Prof. Gabriela Palavicini (Mexico)

Methods of sustainably managing Amazon Forest ecosystems by indigenous peoples by Dr. Ann Simpson (CSRP)

Energy transitions and the challenges of climate change, by Ivonne Bell (Chile)

The complexity of the environmental problem: a proposal based on recognition and care by Dr. Ivón Cepeda-Mayorga (Mexico)



12.00 Morning address

‘Our home is on fire: a five-layered approach to preserve Nature and human life’ by Professor Jung Mo Sung and Patricia Guernelli Palazzo Tsai (Brazil)

1.30pm Session IV: Chaired by Professor Mario I. Aguilar, University of St. Andrews

The Common Gaze and our Common Home: Reading Laudato Si’ as a Surveillance Text by Dr. Eric Stoddart (CSRP)

The Seeds in Papa Francesco’s historic pilgrimage to Iraq for uniting Iraqis to face environmental challenges by Angela Marie Boskovitch (Italy)

An Ecofeminist Approach to Laudato Si’ and “The Beloved Amazon” by Arianne van Andel (Chile)

Pope Francis: A Pope busy counting carbon footprints, by Dr. Porsiana Beatrice (CSRP)

Is Pope Francis’ hope being dashed? What a five-year-old research on Laudato Si’ looks like, by Dr. George C. Nche (Nigeria/South Africa)

From Dialogue to Action: Interreligious Responses to Climate Change, by Dr. Joyce Konigsburg (USA)


3.30 pm: Main address by Professor Ilia Delio, Villanova University

Concluding remarks and thanks: Dr. Arvin Gouw and Professor Mario I. Aguilar

ADDRESS BY POPE FRANCIS TO THE COP26 (date to be confirmed)

ADDRESS BY HH the 14th Dalai Lama to the COP26 CSRP (date to be confirmed)

ADDRESS BY ARCHBISHOP TUTU to the COP26 CSRP (date to be confirmed)

Advance short video on joy and happiness by HH the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu at Finding Joy and Happiness | The 14th Dalai Lama


Friday 29 October 2021
Sunday 31 October 2021
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The Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, University of St Andrews