Month: December 2020

  • Friends Moving to 100% Renewable Energy

    On October 5, 2014 at Pendle Hill (Wallingford, PA), the Sustainability: Faith and Action Working Group of Quaker Earthcare Witness developed Three Recommendations for Friends Churches and Meetings throughout North America. The first recommendation includes the following statement: 3) We ask that all Friends’ Houses of Worship…

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  • Glossary

    Clean Water Act of 1972 –  national legislation which established the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.  (www.epa.gov) Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Halliburton Loophole) – legislation which made changes to the…

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  • Resources

    Heinberg, Richard, Snake Oil:  How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils our Future.  Santa Rosa, CA, Post Carbon Institute, 2013.  Richard Heinberg is a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute. Hughes, David, “Drill, Baby, Drill,” Post Carbon Institute, 2013.  The most comprehensive publicly available analysis to date of the prospects for shale…

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  • The myth of a century of natural gas in the U.S.

    In arguing against fracking, it is important to debunk the myth that the U.S. has enough natural gas reserves to fulfill our need for the next 100 years.  It is equally necessary to discuss the plan by gas companies to make the export of natural gas the next big moneymaker,…

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  • Greenhouse gases

    There are no laws and no limits on emissions from burning fossil fuels.  There is no law against flaring or methane leakage.  Methane, the principal component of natural gas, is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  It traps heat in the earth’s atmosphere at a rate cited…

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  • Communities damaged

    In order to frack, companies bring in heavy equipment to carry out the drilling and extraction processes.  Truck traffic day and night wears down local roads and creates enormous air and noise pollution.  Much of the equipment runs on diesel fuel and is noisy and smelly, and is…

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  • Chemicals in fracking

    The fracking fluid, also called “slick water,” contains chemicals and sand.  The chemicals facilitate the gas escape, but only industry insiders know what they are, or how much is being used.  This is because the Clean Water Act of 1972 was amended in 2005 to exempt fracking companies…

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  • Water in fracking

    The amount of water needed for fracking is enormous; research sources invariably describe it as millions of gallons per well.  People who signed agreements early in the fracking boom, around 2005, did not always realize that the fracking companies were going to use their water, or how much, or what…

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  • Flaring

    When a natural gas well first produces gas, the gas needs to be tested before it can be channeled into pipes and transported for processing.  In this process, it is necessary to light it on fire so it doesn’t escape unburned into the atmosphere.  This is a temporary measure taken…

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  • Methane Leaking

    Leaks start before the gas even gets out of the well because of the nature of the well itself.  Cornell professor and fracking expert Anthony R. Ingraffea explains the leaks this way:  “Pressures under the earth, temperature changes, ground movement from the drilling of nearby wells and shrinkage crack and…

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  • Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO)

    The Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) serves as a Quaker presence at the United Nations (UN), representing Friends’ concerns at the international level, with offices at UN headquarters in New York, as well as in Geneva. QUNO has been able to participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…

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  • What is hydraulic fracturing, exactly?

    Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is the use of horizontal drilling, underground explosions and injection of water in combination with sand and chemicals to release natural gas from types of rock that make it hard to extract from. Conventional drilling won’t work in these rock formations, so horizontal drilling and fracking…

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  • Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC)

    Founded in 1931, Canadian Friends Service Committee (CFSC) addresses the peace and social concerns of Canadian Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada. You can find out more about CFSC here. “Rooted in our Quaker faith, CFSC is guided by a vision of a…

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  • Quaker Institute for the Future (QIF)

    The Quaker Institute for the Future has been established as a kind of Quaker think tank “to help generate systematic insight, knowledge, and wisdom that can inform public policy in ways that will enable us all to live more fully in ‘the virtue of that life and power’ which…

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  • Quaker PopOffsets

    Are you concerned about your “carbon footprint”? QEW can help. QEW has recently started an innovative program to help confront climate change and other environmental problems. It is based on a similar program in England – “PopOffsets” – an offshoot of the British organization Population Matters. QEW’s program is called…

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  • Population Resources

    In 1650, when George Fox was alive, the world’s population was about one-half billion people; by the early 20th century it had reached two billion. In 2015, it reached 7.3 billion, more than a tripling in a century. Currently, more than 80 million persons are being added to Earth each…

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  • Quaker Affiliated Colleges and Schools

    The conversation has begun on Quaker school campuses. As students, alumni, and parents, we urge you to learn more about these campus-based campaigns and lend your support. Involved in a campus campaign? Let us know and we will post it here. Want to start a campaign? Visit http://gofossilfree.org/ Are…

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  • QEW’s Relationship with FCNL

    From its beginning in 1987, QEW has united with the mission of Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL) “We seek an earth restored,” but was concerned that this goal was missing from its legislative priorities. Several years ago, a group of Friends began working to develop support within the Society…

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  • Fracking 101

    Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas or oil from deep underground. Fracking is a controversial practice that has been shown to lead to dangerous and damaging results. Communities’ water sources can be jeopardized by the leak of chemicals used in fracking; companies are not…

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  • What I’m Learning From the Pandemic

    By Shelley Tanenbaum. EVERY YEAR WE Friends ask ourselves, “How has truth fared for Thee?” It is a way of refreshing ourselves, of self-evaluating personally and in our Meetings. It gives us an opportunity to change course and to respond to emerging leadings. What if we see the coronavirus pandemic…

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  • United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent

    United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent The United Nations (UN) commemorates international decades to focus world attention on a specific topic, and then mobilize resources to respond.  In December 2013, the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed the decade of 2015 through 2024 to be the International Decade for…

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  • A Video for You from Quaker Earthcare Witness

    Each week, we post beautiful photographs taken by Friend Kathy Barnhart alongside thoughtful quotes on our Facebook page. You can see them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/quakerearthcare, on Instagram (@quakerearthcare), and on Twitter (@quakerearthcare). Make sure you “like us” and “follow us” to see our posts. We’ve created a short video…

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