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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

Quaker Activist Gathering

Friends House | 21 November 2015 | 10:00-16:30

For a second year, Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) is organising an activist gathering at Friends House.

An action-focused day for Friends who identify as activists, framed in worship. An opportunity to meet with others, connect, learn, plan and be energised and inspired. Register now, and tell us what you would like from the day - we'll use your feedback to help inform how we shape the agenda. More information and registration form available now.

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.

Climate justice

Quakers are calling for climate justice. We want justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change and a global climate commitment that stops this injustice continuing. We are working to build an energy and economic system that has equality, justice and sustainability at heart.

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 mayaw@quaker.org.uk or 020 7663 1056.

Fracking, a Quaker concern

QPSW is campaigning for an end to the exploration for, and extraction of, all unconventional fossil fuels, including shale gas. This is part of our commitment to take action on climate change, driven by the Quaker concern for sustainability, equality and peace. To find out more about action you can take go to our take action on fracking page.

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.

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.