Tackling the climate emergency: what can councils do?
25 October 2019 by Olivia Hanks
Quakers are called to consider the effect of their lives on the world's limited resources, and to work together to build low-carbon, sustainable communities.
In 2011, Britain Yearly Meeting made the following statement, part of the Canterbury Commitment:
To individual Friends we issue a clear call to action to consider the effect of their lives on the world's limited resources and in particular on their carbon usage....We are grateful to those Friends who have responded in their own lives and who have encouraged and informed us... there is much more which may yet be done.
– Britain Yearly Meeting 2011
The Sustainability Toolkit offers tools for learning, self-evaluation and practical action – as well as inspiration from Friends already facing the challenge – to support meetings in becoming low-carbon, sustainable communities.
It suggests ways to observe and reflect upon the world and what you are ready to do, and tools to help you to vision and plan your activity as a meeting. It contains information and support for practical action you could take with your buildings, land, consumption, waste, travel and money. There are ideas about how to engage with your local community and tips for taking political action. It also contains group exercises that you might find useful to do as a meeting and support for facilitators leading these sessions. You may also find useful the suggestions of further resources and funding.
All local meetings should have a hard copy. Alternatively you can download it here as a whole document, or in sections.
Worried about climate change but don't know what to do? This workshop is for you. This is a session for people who feel led to take action on the climate, but are unsure where to start.
Perhaps you have made some changes to your life, but don't feel able to make more radical steps. This session suggests wearing an ever-harsher hair shirt isn't the answer, and looks at what can be done to bring about system change without being wrenched too far out of our individual comfort zones.
It will touch on how QPSW's work on climate is rooted in the Quaker testimonies, explore what 'climate' and 'justice' have to do with one another, and point to some simple actions you can take.
To book a workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7663 1071.
Session plans can also be made available for groups who would like to run their own workshop.