Why Does Biodiversity Matter to Us All?


Location: Online

Environmental Protection
Tree, Earth, Environment

The London Global Gateway is running a series of lectures inspired by Pope Francis' vision set out in "Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home," which calls all people to respond to the "cry of the earth" and the "cry of the poor."  

The issue of climate change has sunk into the public and religious consciousness, even if controversial in some quarters, but many don't really understand why we need to care about biodiversity from a religious and moral perspective. 

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond, Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, will discuss this in the first lecture of the series, entitled "Why Does Biodiversity Matter to Us All?" 

Moderated by Nanovic Faculty Fellow Rev. James M. Lies, C.S.C., Senior Director for Academic Initiatives & Partnerships for the Notre Dame London Global Gateway.


12:00 p.m. (ET) / 5:00 p.m. (GMT)

About Celia Deane-Drummond

Celia Deane-Drummond is currently Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and Senior Research Fellow in theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. She is also honorary visiting Professor in Theology and Science at the University of Durham, UK. Before this, she as a Professor in Theology at the University of Notre Dame from 2011-2019. 

Celia Deane-Drummond

Her work at the interface of theology, ethics and the biological and human sciences stems from her prior academic experience in plant physiology as well as theology. She is a trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). She was chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment from 2011-2018. She is editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences. She is widely recognised internationally as a public speaker and has published hundreds of articles in academic and other journals.

Her recent book publications include The Wisdom of the Liminal: Human Nature, Evolution and Other Animals (2014), Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred, ed. with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski (2015), Ecology in Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology, 2nd edition, (2016), Religion in the Anthropocene, edited with Sigurd Bergmann and Markus Vogt (2017), Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines: On Care for Our Common Home, edited with Rebecca Artinian Kaiser (2018), The Evolution of Wisdom Volume I: Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens (2019) and Shadow Sophia: The Evolution of Wisdom Volume II.  

Originally published at Notre Dame London Global Gateway.