In Memory of an Important Activist, Alan Burns

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Today, and for the duration of the COP 24 we will be holding Friend Alan Burns in the light. Alan passed away on the 11th of November whilst carrying out a pilgrimage from the Vatican to Katowice. More information about Alan is available on his blog. To hear about the pilgrims who have continued their walk, more information is available on the Facebook page.

We thank Liz for writing this post and sharing it with us.

“Many of you know that my husband Alan Burns has been in Europe for the past several months on a pilgrimage to raise awareness about climate change. He and a group of fellow activists were walking from Rome to Katowice Poland in time for the Climate Conference. I received news Sunday morning that Alan had died while the pilgrims were in Slovenia. Please hold Alan, his family, and his friends in the light as we process this transition, and do whatever is in your power to continue his work to avert the worst catastrophe this planet has faced. Alan was a kind soul and a tireless worker for peace, justice, and equality; he lived his life as he hoped others would, and I think died doing exactly what he wanted to be doing – helping the save the world.”  

We are grateful to Alan for his life and his unwavering light given to the important issue of climate change which is also close to our own hearts.

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Quaker Earthcare Witness

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. QEW

New York Yearly Meeting

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:

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Freedom From Fossil Fuels.org

Are you concerned about the progress (or lack of it) in technology to solve our energy crisis? Freedom From Fossil Fuels is a not-for-profit organisation that has been set up to openly research and develop simple new solutions and publish them. Check out their website as well as their YouTube video “Zero Waste Docked Mode”. The video explores how we can reduce global carbon emissions by 40% by using Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles to generate our electricity and heat our homes and offices at the same time. All this is explained further in the book called Simple new ways to solve our energy crisis. Part 1: Transport Systems’ available on Amazon UK and USA.

Quaker case studies: Sustainability in Action

The Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC) has put together sustainability resources to amplify the Quaker voice on sustainability.

They have collected worldwide sustainability case studies from:

If you have any resources you would like to share with Friends worldwide, please email Susanna Mattingly.

Baltimore Yearly Meeting

The Unity with Nature committee of Baltimore Yearly Meeting (BYM) works into the beliefs and practices of Yearly Meeting the twin principles that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence, and that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the Earth’s ecological integrity. The committee promotes these principles by example, by communication, and providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in transforming our relationship with the earth. Our efforts are reflected on the website.