What's wrong with fracking?
“We have faith that we can tackle climate change and build a more sustainable future, but we know this is only possible if fossil fuels remain underground."
Meeting for Sufferings, February 2017.
Quakers in Britain call for a ban on all intensive forms of fossil fuel extraction, including fracking. Extracting fossil fuels is harmful to people and our planet. We are committed to working for climate justice.
Our action is driven by our belief in equality, justice and respect for the earth. Instead of extracting new fossil fuels, we want investment in renewable, efficient energy that is affordable for all.
Unfortunately, fracking has support from the UK government and wealthy investors. This year, we could see fracking in the UK for the first time in six years. The industry could seriously undermine the UK's ability to meet its commitments made under UN climate deals.
Yet we have the power to resist fracking.
You can find out more about fracking by listening to Take action on fracking, part of our Q:Witness podcast series.
Across the country, Quakers are joining with others to expose the impacts of fracking, challenge the power of fossil fuel companies and build support for greener energy.
You and your meeting can play a part. You could contact decisions makers, write to local press and join with others in your community. For more information and advice, read Fracking: a short action guide for Friends.
Forthcoming event: Join witness against fracking at Pendle Hill – 6 May 2017
Pendle Hill Quakers invite you to join them in taking action on fracking. In 1652, founder of Quakerism George Fox climbed Pendle Hill in Lancashire. There, he had a vision of “great many people to be gathered," a moment of deep inspiration for his ministry.
Yet in 2017, the region is now under threat from fracking.
Pendle Hill Friends invite you to join them for a meeting for witness on 6 May 2017 on Pendle Hill to bring attention to the injustice of fracking, and call on those in power to ban it. Find out more on Pendle Hill Quakers' website.
If you plan to attend, please contact Maya Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7663 1056 so we can keep you up to date with latest information for the event. If you need it, we may also be able to put you in touch with local Friends who can offer accommodation.
A fracking ban in Scotland?
The Scottish government currently has a moratorium on fracking. No fracking is taking place whilst the impacts of the industry are assessed. In early 2017, ministers announced a public consultation on the issue. In March, Quakers in Britain submitted a response to the consultation, calling for a ban on fracking, and for the Scottish government to support renewable, efficient energy instead. You can read our response here.
Scottish Friends can respond to the public consultation before 31 May 2017. If you have any questions or would like support in responding to the consultation, please contact Chris Walker, Quakers in Britain (see details below).