Quakers are working to build an energy and economic system that has equality, justice and sustainability at its heart.

Quakers campaign for justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change. We call for policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and support actions that challenge the current fossil fuel economy.

We think all people have the right to affordable, renewable energy. We believe there should be more equality in the way energy is owned and organised. And we want to sustain life over profit.

Climate justice

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    Read up on the climate policy changes we need

    Government plans to tackle climate change are inadequate. Find out what's going wrong and what needs to happen in this in-depth climate briefing – then write to your MP about it.

    Contact your MP: demand urgent emissions cuts

    This November, Quakers in Britain called on the government to take urgent action to tackle climate change.

    In 2015 the UK backed ambitious international agreements to cut global emissions. Yet a recently-published government strategy shows that the UK is not doing enough to put its climate commitments into action.

    Under the UN Paris Climate Agreement, the UK and nearly 200 other nations agreed to keep a global warming to 'well below' 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and to further 'pursue efforts' to limit this further to 1.5°C. This part of the commitment is essential for protecting people and planet from climate chaos. Yet the government's new Clean Growth Strategy makes clear that the UK is on track to fall short of its legally-binding targets to cut emissions.

    Join us demanding that the UK's commitments on climate change become reality. Write to your MP to share your concerns about climate change and request that they push the government to meet their legal obligation.

    Confront fossil fuel power

    We need to name and confront the powers that seem to be actively working against climate justice, namely: the huge power of the fossil fuel industry; and economic systems reliant on fossil fuels, which prioritise economic competitiveness.

    Fracking

    Quakers in Britain call for a ban on fracking and other forms of new and intensive fossil fuel extraction. The industry could seriously undermine the UK's ability to cut greenhouse gases and could harm local communities and ecosystems. Yet with backing from the UK government and investors, fracking companies are set to make vast profits from extracting oil and gas in the UK. Find out how you can take action on fracking.

    Divest from fossil fuels

    The fossil fuel industry needs many things to be able to extract fossil fuels and produce energy. Crucially it relies on money. Much of our money is bound up in continued fossil fuel extraction – via institutional investments, British government subsidies, or even our own pension funds.

    We have a lot of power to change this. Publicly moving money away from fossil fuels helps to reduce fossil fuel companies' social licence to operate by demonstrating our refusal to be complicit.

    Does your local or area meeting still invest in fossil fuels? What about the other institutions you may be part of, like your university or local council? Find out more about how to divest from fossil fuels.

    Build the alternative

    Many Quakers are engaged in exploring what an economy based on Quaker testimonies (and not dependent on fossil fuels) would look like, including how our economy could operate in balance with a healthy living planet. Find out more about our work on the new economy.

    Contact us

    Sunniva Taylor and Chris Walker
    Sustainability and Peace Programme Manager job-share
    020 7663 1047
    sunnivat@quaker.org.uk
    chrisw@quaker.org.uk
    @EarthEconQuaker