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:
- Quakers and Climate Change by Susanna Mattingly from FWCC
- Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Reconciling Global Rules to Promote Food-secure Farming by Susan H. Bragdon from QUNO Geneva
- Befriending Fear of Climate Change – Friends’ Community-of-Practice Rekindles the Fire of Fox
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:
- Rwanda Yearly Meeting
- Friends International Bilingual Center, Bolivia
- Baltimore Yearly Meeting
- Switzerland Yearly Meeting
- Europe and Middle East Young Friends (EMEYF)
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.
Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) has approved a number of minutes regarding the environment.
Here is the minute on ethical transportation that was approved in the summer of 2017.
These videos are of the Earth Walk from Scattergood Friends School to Iowa City that was part of a Climate Conference of Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) in 2013:
The Australian Quaker Earthcare Committee invites us all to pray, read, act, and celebrate Earthcare. Read the latest Earthcare Invitation here.
Listen to the 2011 Swarthmore Lecture delivered by Pam Lunn on ‘Costing not Less than Everything: sustainability and spirituality in challenging times’. Pam’s lecture addresses the unsustainability of the way we all live in the industrialised west. This can be found here (audio).