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Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund Diocese of Islands and Inlets  

PWRDF Workshop on Climate Change, the Migration of Peoples,  and the Relevance of PWRDF  

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Time: 14:00-16:50

Location: St. John Divine, 1611 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC

Did You know: PWRDF is the March outreach project with a 6:1 donation match being made by the Canadian government?

Guest speaker Geoff Strong

Geoff is the Diocesan Representative for the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the official outreach arm of the Anglican Church of Canada. Professionally, he has been an atmospheric & climate scientist for more than 55 years. Many years ago Geoff assumed two primary missions, one being social justice, primarily through PWRDF, the other being environmental justice, emphasizing the threat of climate change and its impacts.

Often the two missions cross over, because many emergencies required in the world today are caused by or certainly exacerbated by climate change. He writes a monthly article on PWRDF for the Diocesan Post, and encourages Anglican parishes to invite him to visit for a talk or sermon.   Teaching and lecturing about his two missions, especially in church parishes, led to Geoff's passion for searching science in scripture, from which he has developed a full bible study that he calls Questions of Environmental Stewardship Theology (QuEST). He has led this study at both Anglican and United Churches in Duncan, and he will be repeating it at Chemainus United Church during Lent this year.  

Geoff's leisure activities include environmental walks with his wife and two dogs. He is an avid reader, as well as a writer. He writes media articles and novels, mostly on environmental issues. In 2016, he published a novel on global warming impacts titled Convenient Mistruths, and recently completed a short story called Trapped by Wildfires. He is just completing a third novel called The Pipeline Mysteries, which he hopes to publish later this year.