Tackling the climate emergency: what can councils do?
25 October 2019 by Olivia Hanks
As Quakers, we understand climate change to be a symptom of a greater challenge: how to live sustainably and justly on this earth.
In 2011 Quakers in Britain made a corporate commitment to become a low-carbon, sustainable community and we support each other to live out this commitment. We campaign for climate and energy justice, and to build a fairer economy which is not powered by fossil fuels.
Quakers seek justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change, and call for global climate action that builds sustainable energy and economic systems. Read more about our work on climate justice.
We call for a ban on shale gas fracking and all forms of intensive fossil fuel extraction in the UK. These methods harm people and the planet, and could seriously undermine our ability to tackle climate change. Instead, we wish to see an energy system based on renewable, efficient energy that is affordable to all. Read more about fracking and how you can take action.
We support Quakers to build the alternative energy and economic system, in which everyone has access to clean and affordable energy. We challenge the powers - like the fossil fuel industry - that block this change, and advocate to government for policies towards our vision.
Quakers in Britain were the first church in Britain to divest our centrally held money from fossil fuels. Local and area meetings are now doing the same. By divesting we help to question the morality of the fossil fuel industry, and challenge its power. Read more about our work on fossil fuel divestment.
We support each other to transform our lives to become low-carbon and sustainable, and to act in local community to do the same. Read more about support we can offer to live sustainably.
Quaker concern for the Earth and the well-being of all who live in it is not new. It is deeply rooted in our faith. Read more about our faith and commitment to sustainability.