The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI) is a multi-faith organisation committed to increasing awareness, understanding, and action t
aking on eco-justice, sustainable living and climate change by faith leaders and their communities in Southern Africa. SAFCEI’s vision is for faith communities to cherish living earth. Our aim is to support faith communities in fulfilling their environmental and socio-economic responsibility.
Why would SAFCEI need a scientific advisor you may ask?
The straight answer is that while the solutions to the environmental and eco-justice challenges facing us are about the ethics, values and socially responsible politics, the science behind many environmental issues is complex, conflicting and, at times, covered up. Since its founding in 2004, SAFCEI identified the need for a shift to earth friendly energy sources as a priority. Understanding the complex issues around Climate Change, renewable energy solutions and unbundling the vested interests of the fossil fuel multi-nationals requires solid science.
For the next two years at least, Dr Stefan Cramer, SAFCEI’s new science advisor, will be helping to strengthen understanding of these issues amongst faith communities as well as offering a well- grounded technical response to the fracking debate. He has a doctorate with specializations in applied geology and geo -ecology and a wealth of experience in mining, hydrogeology and the social and environmental impacts of Climate Change. A significant part of his career has involved working with aid and development agencies in support of local communities and environmental organisations around the world. He has been involved on Africa for more than 40 years. He is a deeply committed Christian enriching the SAFCEI team with his special combination of geotechnical understanding and passion for Earth Keeping.