About the host and speakers

The Rt Revd Brian Smith

The Rt Revd Brian Smith has been the Bishop of Edinburgh since 2001. In 1972 he was appointed to teach theology at Cuddesdon College, Oxford, before moving to the parish of Cragg Vale near Halifax, where he was responsible for ministerial training of clergy and laity in the Diocese. He was Archdeacon of Craven in Bradford Diocese, before becoming Bishop of Tonbridge in 1993. In 2001 he was elected Bishop of Edinburgh and was installed in St Mary's Cathedral on June 23rd.

Professor Chris Rapley CBE

Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Director of the Science Museum. Prior to this he was Director of the British Antarctic Survey for almost ten years. He has a degree in physics from Oxford, an MSc in radioastronomy from Manchester University, and a PhD in X-ray astronomy from University College London. He is a member of the international steering committee for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. He is a Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge, and is an Honorary Professor at University College London and at the University of East Anglia. He was awarded the 2008 Edinburgh Science Medal for having made "a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity".

Dr Elaine Storkey

Dr Elaine Storkey is President of Tearfund, and speaks widely on the issue of climate change both in the UK and the USA. She lectured with the Theology faculty at Oxford University from 2003 to 2007, and was previously a lecturer in Theology at Kings College, London. For eight years she was the director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. She is the author of eight books, and has contributed to dozens more. She writes regularly for a number of newspapers and journals, and is a regular broadcaster on programmes for the BBC, from "Thought for the Day" to "Night Waves". She is chair of Fulcrum, associate editor of Third Way, Vice President of the University of Gloucestershire, and member of High Table at Newnham College Cambridge.

Professor Michael Northcott

Professor Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Rector at St James, Leith and the author of "A Moral Climate: the ethics of global warming". He is a trustee of the Fair Trade organisation Traidcraft and active in the European Churches Environmental Network. He is best known for his work in environmental theology and ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics (CUP 1996) is in its fourth printing. He has written about bioethics, the ethics of food, aquaculture, and genetic modification, fair trade, globalisation, place, the sociology of religion, theological ethics, and urbanism. In the last two years he has given public lectures at the G8 Summit Fringe in Edinburgh, the Greenbelt Festival, and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and he writes regularly for the Church Times, the Tablet, and Third Way.

John Ferguson

John Ferguson is manager of strategic projects at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with special interest in waste and global resource management. He is actively involved with Eco-Congregation and Stirling Baptist Church. He joined SEPA in 1996 to develop the National Waste Strategy for Scotland and, since then, he has undertaken extensive work on a wide range of resource and sustainability issues. He is a member of the European Network of Environment Agencies Special Interest group on the Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and sits on the Scottish Government's Think Tank for Zero Waste in Scotland.