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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 2015, 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

Energy justice

QPSW is campaigning for energy justice. We want a rapid transition to an energy system based on equality for people and the Earth. Read more about the work that we and Friends are doing.

Day of climate action, 17 June 2015

Join us on 17 June for a day of climate action at Parliament, including a climate lobby of MPs. This will be a vital chance to come together with 1000s of other people to talk to our newly-elected MPs after May’s general election and before crucial international climate negotiations in December 2015. Go to our day of climate action page for more details and to register.

Infrastructure Bill

Draft legislation is currently going through Parliament (as of January 2015), in the form of the Infrastructure Bill, which would not enable a low-carbon economy. The proposed new legislation could lock the UK into a direction of travel inconsistent with necessary rapid reduction in carbon emissions, making the UK energy system less equitable for people and the Earth. Read here for more details, including action you can take.

Time to Act March, 7 March, London

At the Peoples Climate March in September 2015 over 50 Quakers met together at the beginning. How many of us will be there at the Time to Act March [new window], on 7 March in London? Read more about Quaker plans on the day.

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 organised 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 at or 020 7663 1056.

Quakers 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.

Energy Bill of Rights

Quaker Peace & Social Witness has recently endorsed Fuel Poverty Actions' Energy Bill of Rights which sets out principles on which a fairer, more affordable, sustainable energy system would be based. Find out more about the Energy Bill of Rights and how to get involved in the campaign

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.

Taking action for a frack-free UK

Are you taking action against fracking? Or would you like to be? In September 2014 the Economics, Sustainability and Peace sub-committee of QPSW discerned that we should call for ‘an immediate cessation of the exploration and extraction of natural gas and oil from the UK’s shale formations’ for the primary reason that it undermines commitment to action on climate change. The committee also concluded that we should ‘also ask for active government support for the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures.’ We know that fracking is something that Friends have been taking action on across the country from the protests at Balcome in 2013, the Reclaim the Power camp in Blackpool in summer 2014, as well as other campaigns around Lancashire. Find out more about fracking and Quaker involvement in the Balcombe protests in 2013.

QPSW has also been active in campaigning against provisions in the Infrastructure Bill which facilitate fracking.

Staff are in the process of producing a written briefing on fracking. But we’d love to hear from you if you are already taking action or have taken a position on the issue as a meeting.

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.