On December 1st, 2019, the Sunday before COP25 in Madrid started, several organizations, including Quaker United Nations office, organized a Interfaith Dialogue and Service. Lindsey Fielder Cook and Detmer Yens Kremer were present for QUNO, Carmen Alcalde represented the Madrid Meeting. During the day many thoughts regarding the responsibility of faith communities to act on climate action urgently and with a united voice. Lindsey Fielder Cook spoke on a panel regarding faith perspectives on climate change, and Detmer Yens Kremer shared a poem by Anohni and guided those gathered in silence during the service itself.
October 6th is World Quaker Day, and many Friends and their respective meetings around the world gathered around the climate-conscious theme of “Sustainability: planting seeds of renewal for the world we love”.
Hill House Meeting in Ghana started by discussing a range of questions to engage with what sustainability is and how it connects to Quaker testimonies, from which in particular arose the importance of the future, of planning ahead and considering generations to come. This is expressed in a Ghanaian proverb that says ‘dea wodua na wobu’ – meaning you reap what you sow. So if you plant good seeds (good ideas) you will have good results (expression of love and care) for the future. Other items discussed ranged from good governance to land tenure and electricity production. Ultimately this translated in Hill House Meeting committing to more environmental practices as a community and as individuals.
Friends World Committee for Consultation, which has supported the meetings celebrating World Quaker Day has further information specifically about Hill House Meeting and how Quakers around the world joined in on celebrations with a focus on sustainability.
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”.
Here are a few pictures from the Eco-Congregational Ireland newsletter. Read the full newsletter to keep up to date with their activities and current news and information from other NGOs and faith organisations.
In May, 200,000 people in Washington D.C and thousands more around the the US participated in a climate march showing their love care and concern for our planet. It was an energetic march full of creativity and diversity, with a strong resounding message to the Trump Administration- ‘WE CARE ABOUT THIS’.
Here are a few of the many inspirational photos from the Metro NY Catholic Climate Movement, who were the largest group of Catholics in the march.