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

Join the Speak Up Week of Action (1–9 July) to ensure that newly elected MPs know the hopes and expectations that Quaker constituents have about climate change. See details below.

Climate justice

    Resource

    Climate justice flyer

    This flyer lists our demands for climate justice, and is designed to be handed out at events or to your MP. Hard copies are available.

    Ask your MP to Speak Up for the climate

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    "We encourage local and area meeting to practise speaking truth to power at local level by establishing relationships with all sections of local communities, including politicians, businesses and schools, to encourage positive attitudes to sustainability."

    - Minute 36, Yearly Meeting Gathering 2011

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    As a member of the UK's largest climate change pressure group, Climate Coalition, Quaker Peace & Social Witness supports their Speak Up Week of Action. Together we can demonstrate the strength and diversity of the climate justice movement, and ensure that every MP realises that people want them to speak up for the climate. In 2015 nearly 100 Friends travelled to Westminster to take part in the Coalition's Climate Lobby of Parliament. This time, the Week of Action starts at home.

    Invite your MP to visit your local meeting

    Introduce a newly elected MP to local Quakers in their constituency and help them understand what your concerns are. If your MP has been re-elected, this is a good time to secure support from them as the political landscape changes.

    By inviting them to meet with you during the Week of Action (1–9 July) you will be confirming the Speak Up message they will be hearing from others in your area. As a Quaker, perhaps you can bring a special concern into the Week of Action you have a particular concern - like fracking, for instance.

    The event could be as simple as meeting for worship, or a coffee morning, which you invite your MP to. More on how to organise an event, and what form this could take, when you sign up below.

    Alternatively...

    1. You could go along to an event organised by another group. Just take a Quaker poster or handwritten message along with you, then send us a photo of you meeting your MP. Find your nearest Speak Up event on the map below.
    2. You could arrange to see your MP at their surgery – on your own or with others – during the Week of Action.
    3. You, and other Friends, could gather to write to your MP that week instead. Perhaps the letter could be sent on behalf of the local meeting. Enclose the briefing for MPs (see below).

    Resources to help you

    Register your interest using the official form below. Tick that you are interested in organising an event (even if it's small and just for your meeting) and we'll send you more details.


    Climate justice

    Quakers are campaigning for justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change. We call for global climate action that stops this injustice continuing. We campaign to challenge the powers that maintain the current fossil fuel economy.

    We think all people have the right to affordable energy that does not harm the planet. We want an end to fuel poverty. We believe there should be more equality in the way energy is owned and organised. We want an end to dominance of the energy system by big companies and an increase in community ownership.

    We want to sustain life over profit.

    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