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.
Take a read of the note which Quaker Service Australia has written for the Australian Friend about climate change and caring for the environment.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Richard Grossman from Durango, Colorado Friends Meeting writes monthly articles about the effect of human population growth on humans and the natural world, including climate change. The latest can be found here on the ‘Population Matters: working for a sustainable world’ website.