Restoring hope for the environment

When developers and environmentalists draw battle lines, one of the first casualties may be hope. Answers about how land should be used —or should have been used—seem to diminish as disagreements heat up. Yet New Zealand conservation scientist Glen Lauder finds that prayer can help hope spring up again and can lead to new views of solutions to environmental problems as well as to greater agreement between those on both sides of the debate. Dr. Lauder is a conservancy advisory scientist for the Department of Conservation in Invercargill, New Zealand. Portions of this interview were also broadcast on shortwave by The Herald of Christian Science.

Glen, as a Christian Scientist and as a conservation officer, you must be looking for solutions in unique ways. What's at issue and what's your approach?

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FROM HAND TO HAND
May 14, 1990
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