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Speaking out on sustainability

As part of our commitment to becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community, Quakers have been speaking out about how environmental and economic injustices challenge our testimony.

QPSW is working with Friends across the country to call for political change for sustainability. QPSW can help meetings explore the sustainability crisis and find focuses for action. In 2013, we’re helping Friends find out and speak out in particular about the following issues.

Quakers for a green economy - 2012 demo
London Quakers calling for government support for the green economy

Global Day of Action on Climate Change, Sunday 21 September

Join people around the world to call for strong global action on climate change and to challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry.

The day of action has been called because on September 23rd global leaders will be meeting in New York for the Climate Summit organized by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. See

On the 21st, which is also International Peace Day, Quakers will stand alongside others taking action on climate change, because without stopping climate change we can’t have peace.

There are marches and actions happening around the world. Quakers are supporting the For the Love of... campaign ( who will be on the national march, and have ways you can use the campaign locally.

See Global Day of Action on Climate Change page for more information.

Facing the Challenge of Climate Change: A shared statement by Quaker groups

Quakers in Britain have put their named to a shared statement by Quaker Groups calling for  meaningful commitments on climate change by global leaders meeting in New York for the UN Climate Summit. Read the statement here.

For the Love of…

Quaker Peace & Social Witness is part of the For the Love of… campaign which is being organized through The Climate Coalition. Visit the website to find out more about how you or your meeting can get involved.

To find out how you or your local meeting can get involved in this campaign contact Maya Williams on or 020 7663 1056.

Quakers to disinvest from fossil fuels

Quakers in Britain have agreed that their centrally-held funds should not be invested in fossil fuel extraction companies, and have produced a briefing to provide some ideas for action by individual Friends and meetings.

Ending fossil fuels dependency: A briefing

Quaker Peace & Social Witness is working with and on behalf of Friends to challenge dependency on fossil fuels in the UK. To achieve this we need to create pressure for change to government policies and our economy. You can find out more about fossil fuel dependency and about how the UK can build a more just and sustainable energy economy by reading QPSW’s new briefing: Ending Fossil Fuels Dependency [PDF - new window]

For hard copies of the briefing (including large print version) please contact Sunniva Taylor, Sustainability & Peace programme manager: 020 7663 1047.

Take action on the tar sands

Oil extraction in the Canadian tar sands has been described as the most carbon-intensive and environmentally destructive industrial project in history. Crude oil is extracted through large open strip mines and by forcing high volumes of water and chemicals through the Earth. Oil companies have been granted permission to extract from 84,000 km² of Alberta, damaging ecosystems and threatening the rights, health and livelihoods of Indigenous peoples and other communities in the process.

This year, the European Union has the opportunity to block the import of tar sands fuel into Europe, posing a key challenge to the expansion of the tar sands industry. Quaker Peace and Social Witness is working with others to challenge UK support for the tar sands industry, and block tar sands fuel from Europe. Find out how you can get involved with our ‘Take action on the tar sands’ briefing.

Open cast tar sands aerial view. Credit Kris Krug / CC
Open cast tar sands aerial view. Credit Kris Krug / CC


Or email your MP and ask them to keep tar sands out of Europe using this online tool.

Please check back soon for updates, or sign up to our Earth and Economy email updates.

For more information about the tar sands, and how you and your meeting can take action, contact Chris Walker, Sustainability & Peace Programme Coordinator, on 020 7663 1009.

Taking action for a frack-free UK

This summer Friends joined protests at the village of Balcombe in West Sussex to resist the potential operations of company Cuadrilla to ‘frack’ for gas. Find out more about fracking, Friends’ involvement in the protests, and how to take action here.

Energy Bill

In 2012 and 2013, Quakers have been working with other churches to call on the UK Government to commit to building a sustainable and just power system as it debates and establishes the Energy Bill. The bill could determine for decades to come how the UK regulates, generates and uses electricity. Quakers in Britain are calling for action to cut carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and make energy affordable for all.

For more information please contact Chris Walker, or telephone 020 7663 1009.

The Climate Coalition

QPSW is a member of The Climate Coalition (previously known as Stop Climate Chaos), a national coalition of organisations calling for urgent climate action by government. The coalition’s combined supporter base of more than 11 million people spans over 100 organisations, from environment and development charities to unions, and faith, community and women's groups.

The Robin Hood Tax

Quaker Peace & Social Witness is one of over 100 organisations backing the Robin Hood Tax Campaign.

The proposed RHT, (which is, more technically, referred to as a Financial Transaction Levy (FTL), would take the form of a 0.05% levy (50p in every £1000), applied internationally on a range of financial transactions such as the buying and selling of currencies, bonds and derivatives. The money raised would be divided with 50% being available for government use in the country of collection and 50% divided equally between climate change adaptation in developing and achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Supporters claim that it could raise as much as $400 billion per year.