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
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 COP23 which took place last month brought to light an important aspect of the struggle to stop climate change: governments agreed to integrate gender equality as a guiding principle for climate action by adopting the first UN Climate Gender Action Plan. This aims to highlight the role of women in climate action and advance gender-responsive national and international climate policy work.
To read the full article by QUNO Geneva’s Isobel Edwards click here.
This booklet asks how we understand ownership of the earth’s natural resources in a sustainable and equitable way. Ownership in the new economy is the sixth booklet in QPSW’s new economy series. It aims to help Quakers and others explore alternatives to our current economic system.
This paper outlines four key areas that QCEA, along with 11 other NGOs, believes that European Union institutions should work on to ensure a comprehensive European circular economy. Click here to read the paper.
QCEA is concerned that this roadmap on the energy-from-waste communication could undermine the European Union’s laudable attempts to transition to a circular economy. Their response outlines a number of our concerns: overcapacity and lock-ins, waste prevention and eco-design, and energy inefficiency and climate. Read their full feedback here.
Eleven NGOs working on the circular economy, including the Quaker Council for European Affairs, have come together to sign a statement outlining the 10 improvements that need to be made to the European Commission’s waste proposals, to get the Circular Economy package back on track. Read the full document here.
The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management examines the spiritual orientations to nature and business in different cultural traditions, including Quakerism. The chapter highlights the concern that the international goal to limit global warming to below 2 °C is becoming increasingly unattainable. In order to achieve this goal, the author,
address that the world would would have to reduce its levels of material production and consumption—i.e. in the material standard of living.
To read the chapter, you can access it through this link.
QUNO’s Food and Sustainability Programme Representative, Susan Bragdon, has recently published a call-to-action paper “The Time is Ripe for Governments to Strengthen Sustainable and Food-Secure Farming”. The paper calls for the international community to mobilise resources for a more proactive role of the public sector in supporting small-scale farmers, their seed systems and the protection of agricultural biodiversity. Furthermore, the paper urges national governments to engage in consultation with small-scale farmers to identify what they require in order to effectively engage in activities to support the conversation and sustainable use of biodiversity and to achieve secure livelihoods.
Read the full paper by clicking here.