Quakers are working to build an energy and economic system that has equality, justice and sustainability at its heart.

Quakers actively campaign for justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change. Young Quakers are taking part in Youth 4 Climate Strikes, and hundreds of Quakers are joining the nonviolent direct action group Extinction Rebellion.

On a government level, Quakers urgently call for climate policies that will reduce carbon emissions, and quickly move our economy away from fossil fuels.

We think all people have the right to affordable, renewable energy. We believe there should be more equality in the way energy is owned and organised. And we want to sustain life over profit.

Climate justice

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    Climate policy briefing

    Tell your MP that you wish to see the UK leading on climate action using points from this briefing, made by Quakers for Quakers.

    The climate policies we all need

    Averting further climate breakdown requires big changes to the UK economy. If far-reaching climate policies are enacted, people will benefit from access to green jobs, clean air and better services.

    In May 2019, the government committed the UK to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Given the climate emergency, 2050 could well be too late. Yet the commitment shows that political leaders are responding to pressure from the growing climate movement.

    The government must now commit to policies that will transform our energy, transport, housing and farming sectors, take account of our overseas emissions, and help consumers make better choices. The government also needs to make clear how the UK will maintain and improve its climate policies outside of the European Union.

    What you can do

    We can all play a role in holding politicians to account. Across the country Quakers are talking to members of parliament and other elected representatives. Can you start a conversation with yours?

    Our November 29 2019 letter to The Times on financial compensation to countries worst hit by climate loss and damage may be a useful reference for your discussion – view it here (PDF).

    If you would like support engaging with your MP or another elected representative, please contact Chris Walker on 020 7663 or chrisw@quaker.org.uk.

    Workshop: Quakers and climate justice – an introduction

    Worried about climate change but don't know what to do? This workshop is for you. This is a session for people who feel led to take action on the climate, but are unsure where to start.

    Perhaps you have made some changes to your life, but don't feel able to make more radical steps. This session suggests wearing an ever-harsher hair shirt isn't the answer, and looks at what can be done to bring about system change without being wrenched too far out of our individual comfort zones.

    It will touch on how QPSW's work on climate is rooted in the Quaker testimonies, explore what 'climate' and 'justice' have to do with one another, and point to some simple actions you can take.

    To book a workshop, email neweconomy@quaker.org.uk or call 020 7663 1071.

    Session plans can also be made available for groups who would like to run their own workshop.

    Workshop: Transforming our economy for climate justice

    The UK government says it is committed to cutting carbon emissions. Yet it also continues to back our continued dependence on fossil fuels.

    How can we transform our economy to work for us and not against us? And what does all this have to do with Quakers?

    This session looks at how our dominant economic system is driving climate breakdown, and invites us to imagine an economy where people, communities and ecosystems can flourish. Using examples of groups who are working for a just transition to a zero-carbon society, it offers an opportunity to discuss actions we can take.

    To book a workshop, email neweconomy@quaker.org.uk or call 020 7663 1071.

    Session plans can also be made available for groups who would like to run their own workshop.

    Confront fossil fuel power

    We need to confront the powers that actively work against climate justice, namely the fossil fuel industry and economic systems reliant on fossil fuels, which put economic competitiveness ahead of ecological health.

    Ban fracking

    Quakers in Britain call for a ban on fracking and other forms of new and intensive fossil fuel extraction. The industry could seriously undermine the UK's ability to cut greenhouse gases and could harm local communities and ecosystems. Yet with backing from the UK government and investors, fracking companies are set to make vast profits from extracting oil and gas in the UK. Find out how you can take action on fracking.

    Divest from fossil fuels

    The fossil fuel industry needs many things to be able to extract fossil fuels and produce energy. Crucially it relies on money. Much of our money is bound up in continued fossil fuel extraction – via institutional investments, British government subsidies, or even our own pension funds.

    We have a lot of power to change this. Publicly moving money away from fossil fuels helps to reduce fossil fuel companies' social licence to operate by demonstrating our refusal to be complicit.

    Does your local or area meeting still invest in fossil fuels? What about the other institutions you may be part of, like your university or local council? Find out more about how to divest from fossil fuels.

    Build the alternative

    Many Quakers are engaged in exploring what an economy based on Quaker testimonies (and not dependent on fossil fuels) would look like, including how our economy could operate in balance with a healthy living planet. Find out more about our work on the new economy.

    Contact us

    Chris Walker
    Sustainability and Peace Programme Manager
    020 7663 1047
    chrisw@quaker.org.uk
    @EarthEconQuaker