Pioneering climate scientist Lonnie Thompson will speak at Methodist Theological School in Ohio at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The lecture will be held in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. It is free and open to the public.
An ice core paleoclimatologist, Thompson is a distinguished university professor in the Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist at Ohio State’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. His observations of glacier retreat over the last three decades provide clear evidence that the warming of the last 50 years is now outside the range of climate variability for several millennia, if not longer.
A 2012 New York Times story called Thompson “one of the most prominent of the generation of scientists who, in the latter decades of the 20th century, essentially discovered the problem of global warming.” In 2015, he was featured in a special edition of Time: “Great Scientists: The Geniuses, Eccentrics and Visionaries Who Transformed Our World.”
Thompson’s lecture coincides with the Midwest Symposium on Ecologically Informed Theological Education, hosted by MTSO, the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development, and the Green Seminary Initiative. The symposium brings together key faculty, staff and administrators from seminaries and theological schools throughout the Midwest to explore how theological education can address ecological reality. It is funded through a grant from the Luce Fund for Theological Education and additional support from the Julia Burke Foundation.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
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Danny Russell, communications director