Quaker Earthcare Witness is a network of Friends in North America and other like-minded people who are taking spirit-led action to address the ecological and social crises of the world from a spiritual perspective.
Quaker Earthcare Witness produces a quarterly print and online publication, BeFriending Creation, that highlights Friends’ Earthcare concerns through articles, interviews, book reviews and news items.
QEW has also produced dozens of pamphlets on environmental concerns, including issues of peace, spirituality, population, climate change, energy, sustainability, eco-justice, money simplicity, food, and water. They are downloadable and can be shared with your Meeting.
A few highlights include:
Quaker Earthcare Witness also offers matching $500 grants for Earthcare projects in your Quaker community.
BeFriending Creation is the printed journal of Quaker Earthcare Witness. There is also a version of BeFriending Creation sent out to email subscribers.
BeFriending Creation is published quarterly: January-February-March, April-May-June, July-August-September, October-November-December.
Submissions are welcomed from readers!
Eileen Flanagan is helping people to make their activism more effective through her online courses. For five years, she has served as board chair of Earth Quaker Action Team, a group which successfully pressured one of the largest banks in the US to stop financing mountaintop removal coal mining.
Read more about Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign
Previously from Eileen Flanagan:
Building a Nonviolent Direct Action Campaign
We Were Made for this Moment: Finding Your Role in Strategic Activism
Take a read of the note which Quaker Service Australia has written for the Australian Friend about climate change and caring for the environment.
Richard Whiteford, shown here, is with a Governor Wolf (the Governor of Pennsylvania) cutout, sending him the message: “Leave carbon in the ground or humans won’t be around”.
Alan Burns from the Charlotte Friends Meeting (U.S.) runs a website called ThinkGlobalGreen, which he updates regularly with climate news from around the world. An article about how his website came to exist was published in Quaker Earthcare Witness magazine. He keeps up to date on climate action lawsuits against world governments, such as the Juliana lawsuit (where young people aged between nine and 20 claim the federal government has promoted fossil fuel production, worsening climate change and therefore violating their constitutional right to life, liberty and property) that is at last going to trial, possibly late this year.
There is a weekly newsdesk page which gets updated each Saturday for the latest climate action news.
The New York Yearly Meeting have been very active on their website and have been publishing articles and newsletters on many climate change issues.
The March issue of the NYYM’s publication Spark can be found here and for more information about the publication itself there is a dedicated page on their website. Three articles on their website which may also be of interest include: