Faith and a Regenerative Economy:
Doing Business for the benefit of People and Planet
Never in human history have so many people enjoyed so much wealth and prosperity. However, our economic model isn’t sustainable. Our society operates on a wasteful “build-use-dispose” linear framework and it’s damaging our planet.
There is no waste in nature. The earth’s natural systems operate circularly and regenerate to sustain life. We must leave nature healthier, better off and more resilient than we found it. Adopting a regenerative model, integrating the needs of society with the integrity of nature, is the only way forward.
Join us on March 26, 2020 (2pm GMT), for a webinar exploring a Christian perspective for a regenerative economy titled, Faith and a Regenerative Economy: Doing Business for the benefit of People and Planet.
- Ryan Thomas, Plastic Bank
- Rev. Dr. Dave Bookles, Director of Theology, A Rocha International
- Dr. Jose Ambrozic, Trustee, Humane School of Business, Ecuador; San Pablo Catholic University, Peru; John Paul II University, Costa Rica
- Joanne Green, Senior Policy Advisor, Tearfund
- Michael Lefler, Independent financial writer
- Dr. Peter Nitschke, Faith Program Specialist, Plastic Bank
Dr. Dave Bookless
Dave Bookless is Director of Theology for A Rocha International, an international Christian nature conservation organisation. He is also Vicar (Minister) of St. Mary’s Norwood Green, in Southall, London and a member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group. In addition, Dave is a Global Catalyst for Creation Care with the Lausanne Movement, and recently completed a PhD in Theology and Biodiversity Conservation at Cambridge University. Born in India, Dave and his family have lived in multifaith Southall since 1991. He has spoken and lectured on environmental issues across six continents, and has contributed to over 20 books including Planetwise (translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, German and Spanish) and God Doesn’t do Waste. To relax, he enjoys wildlife, running, mountain walking and Indian food.
Joanne Green has been influencing governments, large companies and global institutions on poverty and environment challenges for 20 years. She played a leading role in adding a new Millennium Development Goal on sanitation, persuading the UK government to significantly increase aid to water, sanitation and waste management, securing a review of the World Bank’s Doing Business Report and influencing a major multinational to reduce and take responsibility for it’s plastic waste. She has been an advisor to the UK government, Head of Policy for CAFOD, and now co-leads Tearfund’s waste and plastics policy work.
Dr. José A. Ambrozic
José A. Ambrozic, from Lima, Perú, is a consecrated member of the Catholic Society of Apostolic Life, SCV since 1972. Licensed in Business Administration, with a Master in Education, and a PhD, with a thesis on Human Ecology in Saint JohnPaul II and Benedict XVI and its Contribution to the Debate on Sustainable Development, Liverpool Hope University, UK. Worked for IBM (1975-1980) and partnered with IBM as IT consultant (1989-1994). As part of his service in the SCV, he has held various executive and trustee roles in the community and in various organizations for apostolate, campus ministry, schools and higher education.
He has dedicated himself mainly to apostolic work and mentoring high school and college students, and young adults since 1972. He is interested in fostering a healthy Human Ecology by translating Catholic anthropology into Culture, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Business and Work; and also by mentoring economics and business students in integrating faith and professional development. Entrepreneur in business and nonprofit educational and social initiatives.
Dr. Peter Nitschke is the Faith Program Manager at Plastic Bank. Peter designed and pioneered the program from the beginning with the vision to enliven faith communities to stop ocean plastic and improve livelihoods.
Peter has a passion for training and empowering communities, as he wrote his doctoral dissertation on grassroots education. Peter has been working with informal recycling communities for the past 10 years, opening the first Plastic Bank branch in the Philippines in 2017.
Peter has worked in the Philippines since 1997, where he supported local communities to set up grassroots cooperatives facilitating economic development. Peter has vast experience working with non-profits in the Philippines, managing projects in 12 provinces with a focus on developing entrepreneurs. Peter now lives in his native Germany.
These concepts play an important role in the three Abrahamic traditions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. They also underlie the principles of Plastic Bank’s model to help stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities.
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