We're more powerful when we work together.

That's why ahead of the UN climate talks in Glasgow in November 2021, Quakers in Britain is teaming up with a group of charities and campaigners under the banner 'Make Polluters Pay' to raise the profile of loss and damage caused by climate breakdown.

Quaker work on loss and damage is about placing justice and equality at the head of our climate action. We urgently need a new international fund for loss and damage. Communities who did nothing to contribute to the climate emergency are currently paying the price, while wealthy countries and fossil fuel corporations carry on polluting. It's high time polluters picked up the bill.

About the campaign

    What is loss and damage?

    Loss and damage caused by climate breakdown is a present reality for people around the world, and it is getting worse every year. Extreme weather events like Cyclone Idai, which killed more than 1,000 people, left 400,000 homeless and destroyed 700,000 hectares of crops when it struck Mozambique in 2019 demonstrate how the climate emergency is destroying lives, livelihoods and biodiversity for communities in the global majority.

    Despite being recognised in the Paris Agreement, there has been no progress on where money to pay for loss and damage should come from. It's a priority for countries most vulnerable to climate breakdown, and it's fundamental to climate justice.

    Whether you consider it solidarity, compensation, or reparations, we know hundreds of billions a year are needed – and that money must come from those who caused the crisis.

    What's the plan?

    Our coalition campaign is currently focusing on two key moments: Loss and Damage Awareness Day on Thursday 23 September 2021 and the UN climate talks COP26 from 31 October–12 November 2021.

    We see these moments as just the start of the campaign and our work will continue into 2022.

    How can I get involved?

    Sign our petition

    Raise your voice with us and urge Boris Johnson to support an international loss and damage fund (offsite link) to support communities hit by climate disaster. We'll be coordinating a creative action to hand this in so don't forget to opt-in to receive future updates.

    Hold a vigil

    Quakers have a long history of taking nonviolent action for positive social change. One of the most powerful actions in our toolkit is holding silent vigils. From the anti-fracking protests at Preston New Road to the anti-arms protests at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair, vigils play a key role in Quaker social action.

    On Loss and Damage Awareness Day, at COP26 and beyond, we are calling on people of all faiths and none to hold a vigil for loss and damage. To help people organise a vigil, we've put together this short guide (PDF). We've also made these explainer placards and this vigil leaflet (PDF) to help communicate what your vigil is for.

    Take part in Loss and Damage Awareness Day

    We've got lots of events and actions planned for Loss and Damage Awareness Day. Find out more and sign up on our Make Polluters Pay Loss and Damage Awareness Day information page (offsite link).. You can also share this leaflet (PDF) with your networks.

    Featured blog

    Why we’re calling for polluters to pay for the damage they cause

    22 September 2021 by Olivia Hanks

    Olivia Hanks explains why finance for loss and damage is a key part of COP26 negotiations.