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

Hundreds of Quaker individuals are active in the Youth 4 Climate Strike movement, Extinction Rebellion, and other nonviolent direct action groups determined to sustain life over profit.

Climate justice

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    Climate justice leaflet

    What is climate justice and what does it have to do with Quakerism? View this new leaflet online or order print copies for your meeting.

    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.

    Back in 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?

    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 .

    Featured blog

    It’s time for schools to teach the climate and ecological crisis

    24 February 2020 by Olivia Hanks

    ​The Youth 4 Climate school strikers are calling for a better education. Olivia Hanks looks at their important new campaign Teach the Future.

    Contact us

    Olivia Hanks

    Economics & Sustainability Programme Manager

    020 7663 1047

    oliviah@quaker.org.uk

    @EarthEconQuaker