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.
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.
All nonviolent action that questions the morality of fracking is helpful. Friends and meetings are contacting local decision makers, writing letters to the local press and joining with others in their communities. During the election period you can raise these issues with parliamentary candidates. Find out more about the key asks around fracking at this election.
Some Friends are raising concerns about fracking through their meetings and developing witness against it. For example, in May 2017 Pendle Hill Quakers held a meeting for worship on the top of Pendle Hill to bear witness against fracking in Lancashire. Over 100 Friends and supporters joined them on the summit of the hill. Hear more about how the day came about in the Q:Witness podcast Pendle Hill, fossil fuels and GE2017.
Support is available for these projects - if you or your meeting wish to resist fracking but aren't sure how to get started, please get in touch using the contact details at the bottom of this page.
For further detail on the issue, read Fracking: a briefing for Friends to learn about how fracking affects the UK and effective forms of objection to it, or listen to Take action on fracking, part of our Q:Witness podcast series. To stay updated with Quaker action on fracking, sign up for our monthly newsletter Earth and Economy. You can also follow this work on Facebook and Twitter.
Keep Scotland frack-free
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).