ISCAST x A Rocha: “Hope for a Planet in Crisis” with Tony Rinaudo

Join us in Adelaide on 3 May at 6-8:30 p.m. (ACST), for pizza/tea/coffee and an inspiring talk with Tony Rinaudo, the “Forest Maker.”


Friday 3rd May 2024 @ 6:00 pm – 
Friday 3rd May 2024 @ 8:30 pm


Room 3, Tabor College, 181 Goodwood Rd, Millswood


6:00 p.m. Pizza + Tea/Coffee
7:00 p.m. Introductions to ISCAST (Chris Mulherin) & A Rocha (Sally Shaw)
7:15 p.m. Keynote Talk: Tony Rinaudo
8:15 p.m. Q&A
8:30 p.m. Finish


  • $20 General
  • $10 Student/ISCAST or A Rocha members


Tony Rinaudo is known as the “Forest Maker.”

Why? In his 17 years in Niger, he discovered and pioneered an embarrassingly simple and affordable method of regreening land by reviving damaged trees instead of planting new ones.

This technique is called Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, or FMNR. The global FMNR movement is offering the world real, tangible hope for the planet.

The method has, from small beginnings, already regreened more than 18 million hectares in 27 countries, reduced our carbon footprint and transformed millions of lives and livelihoods.

Now, Tony’s story is taking the world stage. His powerful autobiography The Forest Underground: Hope for a Planet in Crisis was named 2022 Australian Christian Book of the Year, and his story was the basis for the documentary The Forest Maker, produced by German filmmaker Volker Schlöndorff.

Tony is now the Principal Climate Action Advisor for World Vision Australia, and a fellow of ISCAST–Christianity & Science in Conversation.

Join us on May 3rd for an inspiring talk and Q&A with the “Forest Maker.”

ISCAST and A Rocha Representatives

We will be briefly hearing from ISCAST Executive Director Rev. Dr Chris Mulherin and A Rocha Australia Director Sally Shaw.

Chris Mulherin

Rev. Dr Chris Mulherin is the Executive Director of ISCAST. He is an Anglican minister with a background in engineering, philosophy, and theology. He has published articles and book chapters in the media and in academic works. His book Science and Christianity: Understanding the Conflict Myth, is designed for use in schools and churches. When he is not working for ISCAST, he teaches philosophy at the University of Divinity.

Sally Shaw

Dr Sally Shaw is married to Doug and has three young adult children. She lives in the Aldinga EcoArts village in South Australia and is connected with the local Anglican parish church. From 1984 to 1986 Sally worked as a nurse/midwife in the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand. In 1988 she joined a
community development project in Cambodia with World Vision. She later established a local NGO using improvisational drama to build self confidence in people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sally has a Diploma in Creative Writing, Master of Education (2013) and a Doctor of Ministry (2023), which designed and tested an arts-based experiential workshop on the biblical and practical ways to care for God’s creation. She is a director of A Rocha Australia, an international Christian conservation organisation.