Our patrons

Our patrons are Bishop David Atkinson, Sir John Houghton, Professor Michael Northcott and Ann Pettifor. We are grateful to them for their support.

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Bishop David Atkinson

Bishop David Atkinson

Rt Revd Dr David Atkinson, now retired as Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Southwark, was formerly Fellow and Chaplain of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Canon Chancellor of Southwark Cathedral; Archdeacon of Lewisham; and Bishop of Thetford.

David has taught theology in Oxford, lectured in the USA and India and has written a number of books on Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology. Among his titles is Renewing the Face of the Earth: A theological and pastoral response to climate change (Canterbury Press, 2008). He served as a board member of Operation Noah for several years, during which time he led the theology group that created ‘Climate change and the purposes of God: a call to the Church’ (2012). David is married to Sue and has two grown-up children and eight grandchildren.

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Sir John Houghton

Sir John Houghton is a leading climate scientist. He was co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) scientific assessment working group and lead editor of the first three IPCC reports. In December 2007 he received the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the IPCC delegation, alongside the former vice-president of the United States of America, Al Gore.

He has been professor in atmospheric physics at the University of Oxford and Chief Executive at the Met Office.

He is currently chairman of the John Ray Initiative, an organisation connecting environment, science and Christianity.

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Michael Northcott

Michael Northcott

Michael Northcott is Professor of Ethics in the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. He is author of a number of books including The Environment and Christian Ethics (Cambridge UP 1996), A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming (Orbis, NY, 2007), A Political Theology of Climate Change (SPCK 2014) and, with Peter Scott, Systematic Theology and Climate Change (Routledge 2014). He is lead investigator on the AHRC/ESRC research project Caring for the Future Through Ancestral Time. He has been visiting professor at Claremont School of Theology, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Flinders University, and the University of Malaya. He is a trustee of Traidcraft and an Episcopal Priest. In that capacity he helps out in rural churches in Dumfrieshire where, with his wife Jill, he also grows food in a cottage garden.

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Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor

Ann Pettifor was Campaigns Director with Operation Noah from 2006 to 2009. Ann achieved a high profile for Operation Noah, with a strong focus on advocacy.

Ann  is director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME). She is a member of the Green New Deal group, and co-author of a number of the group’s key reports. She recently published Just Money: how society can break the despotic power of finance (Commonwealth Publishing, 2014). She was a leader and co-founder of the international Jubilee 2000 campaign (‘Drop the Debt’) from 1994 until 2001. She is also a director of Advocacy International Ltd.

She blogs on debt, credit and the global financial system at www.primeeconomics.org.

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