Bristol – Caring for the Oceans 2


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Redland Church Hall
Redland Green Rd, Bristol , BS6 7HE
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Dr Robert Sluka

This is part of the “Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective” series of lectures. (For a full list of lectures please see the Bristol page.)

The current CiS Bristol 2018-19 lecture series, Our Fragile Planet, is a tour of the major environmental themes of current concern. Each term we have been hearing from specialists in each field to understand in depth the scientific evidence that informs the call to action, so as to better understand the urgency of the issues if we are to better curate God’s gift to us and take responsibility for restorative action. This lecture is the second of two on the ocean and focuses on species diversity in the oceans and the gravity of the mounting crisis of species elimination and what it means about the future of the complex ecosystem in which we live.

Bob Sluka has been working in the field of marine conservation for 25 years. His focus has been on marine protected areas and the ecology of coral reef fish, as well as coral reef fisheries. After beginning with graduate work in Florida and the Caribbean, Bob spent ten years in South Asia, primarily India and the Maldive Islands. He was introduced to A Rocha on moving to the UK in 2006, and began volunteering with juniper restoration in the Chiltern Hills and marine research in Wales. In 2010 he helped to start marine conservation work at Mwamba, A Rocha Kenya’s Field Study Centre, and is now Lead Scientist for A Rocha’s Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme. He has written in both scientific and theological journals, including The Hidden things of God in the Ocean (Anglican EcoCare Journal of EcoTheology) and a call to action on marine conservation in the Journal of the American Scientific Affiliation, the sister organisation to CiS.  He currently lives in Florida, USA.

7pm for 7.30pm start

The venue for all lectures is Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Rd, Bristol BS6 7HE – nearest train Redland Station; nearest bus no. 9; free parking on nearby roads.

No need to book; admission is free but donations are welcome (an average of £5 each will cover our running costs such as room hire, publicity and travel)