Ireland Yearly Meeting and Sustainability


The following extract is from the document Responding to IYM 2016: Living sustainably and fairly on this earth, a booklet put together to help Meetings develop sustainability plans.

The full text is accessible below.

Responding to IYM 2016 final pdf for web

The 2016 FWCC World Quaker Gathering in Peru called on Yearly Meetings around the world to initiate at least two concrete actions on sustainability by January 2017. Ireland Yearly Meeting responded by agreeing to the following two actions:

  1. To commit to making all the Meetings within Ireland Yearly Meeting as sustainable as possible, considering such factors as accessibility by public transport, energy efficiency, use of Fairtrade tea and coffee and use of organic and locally sourced food when possible. We ask Meetings to develop a sustainability plan, no matter how simple, before January 2017. We ask IYM to take its sustainability plan into consideration when planning for its next Yearly Meeting.
  2. To follow in the steps of FWCC by developing an investment strategy, by January 2017, to ethically invest all the funds within the Yearly Meeting in sustainable and peaceful companies, and divest from destructive industries, including fossil fuels.

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