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    QEW’s Favorite Books

    We asked QEW members to share their favorite books. Happy reading! Books to Read for These Times: Climate: A New Story by Charles Eisenstein. “How changing the ‘climate’ of our thinking and rhetoric can influence how we deal with physical climate change.” The Parable of the Sower by Olivia Butler. “About empathy/race/environmental…

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  • Photo: “This is a photo from a socially distanced action where we were very nimble. The other side of the banner says ‘PECO: Forgive Bills Now.’”

    EQAT AT 10: Finding Resilience in an Unimaginable Year

    By Lee McClenon. In the last few decades, some social scientists studying organizations have recognized that organizations are healthiest when they embrace a bit of unpredictability. In this model, networks are more powerful than individuals. Resilience is more important than brute strength. And a groundbreaking idea can come from anywhere.

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    Examining Institutional Racism

    By Lauri Langham. The intersection between environmental justice and racial justice is a busy one. We recognize how Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and low-income people are the frontline communities that suffer the first and worst effects of planet destruction and climate change: from the placement of toxic dumps…

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    Human-Induced Climate Change

    By the QEW Sustainability: Faith & Action Working Group What are the effects of human-induced climate change? Human-induced climate change threatens to overarch all the human misuses of creation, including rapidly growing human population, habitat destruction, over-exploitation of resources, and introduction of invasive species. Human-induced climate change is the…

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  • Rainbow in green field with blue sky

    Contemplative Action in the Time of Climate Change

    By Tom Small and  the QEW Publications and Spiritual  Nurturance Committees We live in the time of The Long Emergency, and the Age of Unintended Consequences. Every morning brings evidence of loss: extinction of species, loss of traditional cultures, loss of freedom. Are we, as a civilization, losing our souls?…

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  • Equality -> Equity -> Justice: The Transportation Case Example

    By Beverly Ward “Our equality testimony flows inevitably from our belief that there is that of God in every person. If we believe in Equality, we must work for Justice. British Friends remind us: ‘Are you alert to the practices throughout the world which discriminates against people on the basis…

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    Pleasing the Divine with Evolutionary Love

    By Jose Aguto History is littered with the graceless exits of despots clinging to the chimera of the temptation of secular power for personal glorification above the good of others. We know this from the Gospels as one of the three temptations the devil offered to Jesus, which he in…

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  • Build Back Fossil Free

    By Hayley Hathaway and Ruth Darlington. “If we’re going to Build Back Better, we need to do better. And that starts by putting Indigenous people and their voices first, before any [fossil fuels] project is put in place…It is our Indigenous right to protect what little we have left,” shared…

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  • Seeds of Violence, Seeds of Hope

    THE FRIENDS TESTIMONIES AND ECONOMICS (FTE) project seeks to engage Friends with: Learning more about current economic concepts, policies, and institutions as they relate to our historic testimonies in an ecological context  Supporting advocacy by Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) and other Friends’ organizations for a comprehensive reformulation of…

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  • Spiritual Ecology: My Journey and Our Journey

    A Talk by Shelley Tanenbaum I am deeply grateful to the Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting’s (SAYMA) planning committee for bringing me here – and for asking me to talk about eco-spirituality and my personal journey. I’ve been asked to talk about what it has meant to me to connect on…

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  • Community member El Ha Ghan sort herbs as part of the Diaspora Earthcare Coalition’s medicinal herb production project.

    Selfcare Freedom Through Plant Medicine in Diaspora Communities

    By Pamela Boyce Simms. ENVIRONMENTAL resilience- building at its best reflects nature’s magnificent, layered interconnectedness. Imagine if local resilience-building against the backdrop of accelerating climate change were to take place in neighborhoods, towns, cities, states, regionally, nationally and among allied countries, facilitated by a constant communications flow among all scales…

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  • Bee on yellow flowers

    Permaculture: The Art of Designing Beneficial Relationships

    By Carol Barta. Permaculture is said to be “the art of designing beneficial relationships.” Permaculture is a design science rooted in the observation of natural systems, the wisdom of traditional farming methods, and systems thinking. It uses both ancient wisdom and modern scientific and technical knowledge to create sustainable habitats…

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  • 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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  • Quaker Earthcare Vision & Witness

    WE ARE CALLED to live in the right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God. WE WORK to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected,…

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  • Considering the Consequences of Unchecked Population Growth

    I am a Quaker living in Stroud, UK, and I have been a Friend for about 50 years. My interest in population started at a precise point in 1958. During an economics course, the lecturer told us about Thomas Robert Malthus and his assertion that any population would…

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  • Truth Is Something That Happens

    by Louis Cox DO YOU SWEAR that the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you, God?… Early Quakers were known for their refusal to take such oaths in a court of law (often at the…

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  • QEW Spring 2020 Steering Committee Meeting

    Thursday, April 23, 2020 – 14:00 to Sunday, April 26, 2020 – 12:00 Our meeting will take place online, beginning Thursday, April 23, and ending on Sunday, April 26. Registration is currently closed for this event.  (The meeting was previously scheduled to take place in Durham, NC.) We will gather…

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  • Why a Specifically Quaker Testimony on the Environment?

    SINCE THERE ARE MANY excellent organizations actively working to improve our relation to the planet, is there any need or place for a specifically Quaker organization to address the same concerns? The fundamental environmental questions we face are essentially religious: What is our place in the world (Creation)? What…

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  • A Shared Quaker Statement: Facing the Challenge of Climate Change

     [Last update: June 2017]  *** Now available in Spanish! (Please scroll to the files at the end of this statement.) *** “It would go a long way to caution and direct people in their use of the world, that they were better studied and knowing in the…

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  • Q&A with Douglas Gwyn

    Doug Gwyn, the author of A Sustainable Life: Quaker Faith and Practice in the Renewal of Creation, generously agreed to be interviewed for this issue of BeFriending Creation. Thanks, Doug! 1. You explain how your thought and interests developed through several books, always including the thread of your concern for the Earth. Was…

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  • Quaker Earthcare Witness Presents: Virtual Workshops for Your Community

    Quaker Earthcare Witness staff, Steering Committee Members, and Friends are offering online workshops for your Friends meeting or church on Earthcare concerns. Please see the list of presenters below and invite us to join you in a virtual meeting. To schedule one of these presentations, please email Quaker Earthcare Witness…

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  • Ecological Integrity and the Light Within

    IN THE COURSE of our travels on behalf of Quaker Earthcare Witness, we search with gathered Friends for ways we all can “walk more gently on the Earth” and experience a deeper spiritual relationship to Creation. Our presentations resonated with many participants who are seeking greater responsibility and…

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  • Earthcare for Friends: A Study Guide for Individuals and Faith Communities

    Earthcare for Friends: A Study Guide for Individuals and Faith Communities is a fantastic resource that we encourage you to read and share. Download individual chapters, all available as printable PDFs. How is this resource working for you and your community? We are hoping for your feedback: comments,…

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  • Review: Coming Back to Life: The Updated Workbook to the Work that Reconnects

    Coming Back to Life by Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown is expanded and updated from their book of the same name published in 1998 (New Society Publishers, 2014, Gabriola Island, BC). The Deep Ecology work of Joanna Macy, also called the “Work that Reconnects,” dates back to the…

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  • Important Reasons to Use Native Plants

    Important Facts. Native plants are adapted to the local area and its climate. Unfortunately, many of our beautiful non-native garden flowers provide little or no food for honeybees, native pollinators, songbirds, and other wildlife.  Non-native plants have the potential to become invasive species – weeds that spread rapidly and often crowd…

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  • QEW in Practice

    For over twenty years Quaker Earthcare Witness has evolved and developed a way of doing its business. This manual of practices has been created to document the decisions that have led to this point.  This will always serve as a working document and change from time to time to assist…

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  • The Spiritual Basis of Earthcare

    QEW’s PROGRAMS and publications stem from a conviction and consciousness that the global crisis of ecological sustainability is at root a spiritual crisis. Even as individuals in our network or our steering committee support political and social action in numerous areas, such as globalization, population, genetic engineering, and toxic pollution,…

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  • Ecological Principles of Permaculture

    Three important ecological principles of permaculture are The role that each organism plays, the niche it occupies; Understanding succession in natural ecosystems and using it to heal the soil and bring forth both annual and perennial crops; Including as much diversity in the garden space as possible, both…

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  • Black Butterfly: Interview with Artist Damita Hicks

    Damita Hicks is a Bahai artist living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her paintings center on Mama A’free’ca, Nature, and racial unity. Kirsten Bohl of Durham (NC) Friends Meeting speaks with Damita here. How did you get started with painting? I’ve been painting almost all my life. In terms of…

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  • In the School of the Shipwreck

    In the School of the Shipwreck Noah Merrill Editor’s Note: Noah wrote this piece in spring 2020 and his reflections speak to us still. These are the only genuine ideas; the ideas of the shipwrecked. All the rest is rhetoric, posturing, farce. —José Ortega y Gasset JUST…

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  • Crosswalk in long exposure in Chile, Santiago

    Caring About Population

    By Richard Grossman. Most Friends are careful stewards of our environment. Indeed, more than half of Yearly Meetings have added “Stewardship” (or the equivalent) to their short list of Testimonies. However, sometimes we don’t make the connection between our stewardship of Earth and human population. OK, I admit it: the…

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  • Photo by Kathy Barnhart of rippling water

    A Prayer for the New Year

    By Pamela Haines As we head toward a new year, let us: Take in the environment around us with relaxed awareness—appreciating beauty and opportunity, noticing threats, staying grounded in the midst of both; Cultivate gratitude, for spaces that have opened in our society, for all the forces of goodness around…

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  • Durham Friends Meeting Install Solar Panel

    Durham Friends Install Solar Panels

    By Dale Evarts. IN AUGUST 2019, following a spiritual leading to live in harmony with Creation by harnessing the energy of the sun to power our meetinghouse, Durham Friends Meeting (DFM), a member of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting Conservative, began generating electricity from solar panels installed that summer. After…

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  • The CZU Lightning Complex fire was stopped here, along the Fawn trail at Ben Lomond Quaker Center. Photo: Bob Fisher.

    Redwood Renewal

    By Shelley Tanenbaum. THE STORY OF redwood renewal through fire gives me hope in a world gone mad with doom and gloom. What can we learn from one of nature’s most elegant ecological systems that evolved to not just cope with adversity, but to turn adversity into rebirth? The few…

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  • Galápagos: Lessons from Finches, Marine Iguanas, and Islands

    Now, as we careen into the Anthropocene era, the human species has seemingly become the prime mover of ever-accelerating change; but we are nonetheless subject to it. Subject to inexorable processes of evolution. “In this changing world everything is subject to change,” says the Isha Upanishad. The…

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  • Friends Meeting at Cambridge

    Divestment Minute from Friends Meeting at Cambridge Following is the divestiture minute the Friends Meeting at Cambridge passed in early October. The minute is to Friends Fiduciary Corporation in Philadelphia where we have meeting funds; at the time of the writing of this minute, FFC had more than 6 percent…

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  • Canadian Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Harmony with Nature (approved August 2001) Canadian Yearly Meeting website: http://quaker.ca/ Friends believe we are all manifestations of the Creator, the Divine Spirit, God. As our knowledge has grown, we have come to realize that indeed all life forms are exquisitely interrelated and independent. We envision a Religious…

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  • Minneapolis Friends Meeting

    Minute on Voluntary Carbon Tax Peace and Social Concerns Committee statement regarding the voluntary carbon tax and the goals of peace, racial justice, and economic justice: Quakers have taken the lead in saying that the US and other nations need a mandatory carbon tax, something to encourage people to buy…

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  • Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting

    Sustainability Minute (approved August 2, 2002) Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting website: http://ovym.quaker.org/ We of Ohio Valley Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends believe that the web of life, and each being within it, are expressions of the Spirit. We further believe that all our actions resonate throughout the…

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  • Netherlands Yearly Meeting

    Sustainable Development as a Quaker Testimony? A Challenge to All Friends (approved 1997) In 1988 Netherlands Yearly Meeting agreed on a minute in which our representative to the 1988 Triennial was asked to request the Triennial in Japan: as a matter of urgency, that the theme of the ecumenical Concilliar Process—Justice,…

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  • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Relationship to God's Creation (approved at the January 1998 Session of Interim Meeting) Philadelphia Yearly Meeting website:  http://www.pym.org/ The world is God’s creation. How we treat the earth and all its creatures is basic to our relationship with God, and of fundamental religious concern to the Society…

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  • New England Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Connection with All Creation (approved 1991) New England Yearly Meeting website: http://www.neym.org/ Cultivating a deeper awareness of our connections with all of Creation enables us to live more Spirit-filled lives. Such awareness brings us great joy, reminds us of God’s presence in everything around us, leads us to…

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  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Population (approved 1994) We recognize rapid population growth to be an important human and environmental problem. While causes and solutions are complex, we endorse the concept of family planning and efforts to make family planning, education, and services widely available. We feel a special concern for the status…

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  • Baltimore Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Global Warming Approved August 2000 Baltimore Yearly Meeting website: http://www.bym-rsf.org/ Protecting God’s Earth and its fullness of life is of fundamental religious concern to the Society of Friends. The links between human activity, the dramatic rise in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and the rise of average global temperature…

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  • Community Monthly Meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio

    Sustainability Minute (Approved May 14, 2000) We of Community Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends believe that the web of life, and each being within it, are expressions of the Spirit. We further believe that all our actions resonate throughout the symphony of Creation, flowing through space and…

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  • IIlinois Yearly Meeting

    Minute on the Condition of Human Population and the Earth (approved August 2, 1997) Illinois Yearly Meeting website: http://www.ilym.org/ Today, we are confronted with interacting problems unique in their magnitude. Among the major problems are increasing numbers of people, excessive use of resources, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, and the…

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  • Lexington, Kentucky, Friends Meeting

    Minute on Population and the Environment (approved February 6, 2000) The world is experiencing ecological devastation that threatens the survival of all living things: climate change, ozone depletion, the widespread presence of toxic substances in air, water, and soils, and the steady decline of biological diversity. Human population pressures and…

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  • Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting — Population

    Minute on Population (approved June 10, 2000) In October 1999, world human population surpassed 6 billion, having doubled since 1960. At the present rate of growth, it is likely to double again within the new century. The effects of this rapid population growth, exacerbated by excessive consumerism, threaten all of…

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  • QEW Population Resources

    QEW Population Working Group 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…

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  • Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting — Climate Change

    Minute Regarding Global Climate Change (approved 2001) SAYMA Friends: http://sayma.org/top/ SAYMA Friends recognize that unprecedented rate of change in our global climate is causing rising global temperature, diminishing polar ice, changing local weather patterns, and increasing frequency of severe storms. We also recognize that human activity, largely the combustion of…

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  • Friends Testimonies and Economics (FTE)

    QEW IS A CO-SPONSOR, with the Earthcare Working Group of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, of a project on Friends Testimonies and Economics (FTE), which seeks to engage Friends with: Learning more about current economic concepts, policies, and institutions as they relate to our historic testimonies in an ecological context, and…

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  • Ecology & Public Policy

    QEW BECAME ACTIVE at the international public policy arena during planning for the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. QEW (then FCUN) received accreditation as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and was able to send several representatives. Four delegates participated in…

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  • Acadia, Maine, Friends Meeting

    Minute on Connection with God's Creation (Approved January 18, 1998) “For me, God is creative, responsive love, binding together all that exists in the universe, manifest to us in the experiences which can bind us, all parts of creation, together in a blessed community.” Bruce Birchard, “This is my Quaker…

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  • Patuxent, Maryland, Friends Meeting

    Minute on Ecological Sustainability (approved June 6, 1999) Patuxent Friends believe that ecological sustainability should be added to our existing Quaker testimonies—for the following reasons: The concept of ecological sustainability has a spiritual depth. It includes a resolve to live in harmony with biological and physical systems. It also includes…

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  • Princeton Monthly Meeting

    Minute on Sustainability (Approved October 13, 1996) We, as Friends, are disturbed by the increasingly numerous, and increasingly severe, environmental problems besetting our world. We deplore environmental degradation as well as attempts by groups and individuals to eliminate such protections of the environment as are already in place. As Friends,…

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  • Reading Monthly Meeting

    Minute on Sustainability (Approved February 16, 1997) We recognize that all lives, and the earth and its resources that sustain us, are gifts from God. We reaffirm that our Testimonies, Concerns, and Queries as considered together can help us realize the stewardship needed to sustain our communities as part of…

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  • Santa Barbara Friends Meeting

    Friends Called to Consider World Population (Approved June 13, 2004) In the middle of the seventeenth century, when Quakerism was founded, there were over 600 million people on Earth; now there are more than six billion. The human population is growing at the rate of 3,000 every twenty minutes, while…

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  • Stony Run and Homewood Friends Meeting

    Minute in Support of the Diversity of Life (approved 2001) The universal processes that establish and maintain the forms we find in nature, including those forms we call “life,” are a manifestation of the Divine in which we are blessed to participate.  In the manner of continuing revelation we are…

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  • Minutes and Epistles on Divestment

    Minutes and Epistles on Divestment This section lists minutes and epistles on divestment from Friends meetings and organizations. If you would like to include your meeting’s statement on this list, please email your minute, statement, or epistle to info[at]quakerearthcare.org. Friends Meetings that have divested: Abington Quarterly Meeting…

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  • Swarthmore Friends Meeting

    Minute on Living in Harmony with Nature (Approved February 9, 1997) The world is undergoing a number of ecological crises that threaten the survival of many living things, including humankind. Ozone depletion, climate change, the widespread presence of toxic substances in the earth’s air, water and soils are among the…

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  • Wellsboro Monthly Meeting

    Minute on Harmony with Nature (Approved December 8, 1997) The historic testimonies of the Society of Friends concerning simplicity, stewardship, equality and peace are widely recognized. Not so widely recognized are the interrelationships among these testimonies. Overpopulation and the misuse and overuse of resources are inextricably intertwined with poverty, injustice…

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  • Friends Meeting at Cambridge

    Minute on Divestment Following is the divestiture minute the Friends Meeting at Cambridge passed in early October. The minute is to Friends Fiduciary Corporation in Philadelphia where we have meeting funds; at the time of the writing of this minute, FFC had more than 6 percent of their portfolio in…

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  • Annapolis Friends Meeting

    A Minute on Climate Change Concerns and Policies “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Psalm 24:1 The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship are our guides in dealing with the challenges of global warming and climate change.

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  • Southeastern Yearly Meeting

    Minute on Climate Change Southeastern Yearly Meeting approved a minute on climate change at our most recent Gathering, in April 2014. The minute is the result of a full year’s work. It was first read at our Gathering in 2013. Our Earthcare Committee asked each Monthly Meeting to season the…

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  • Chena Ridge Friends, Fairbanks, Alaska

    Minute on Sustainable Economics (Approved January 21, 1996) We applaud the efforts of Federal and State governments to address the current deficit problem. However, we fear that, in their haste to cut budgets, they have focused on programs critical to the well being of millions of Americans. Budget cuts in…

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  • Strawberry Creek Friends Meeting

    Minute on Climate Change and Divestment from Fossil Fuels Climate change is a real and urgent threat to humanity’s current way of life. As Quakers, we see it as imperative that governments must take immediate action to curb climate change. When governments are unwilling to take swift action, then we…

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  • Share Your Quaker Witness for Climate Justice!

    Send us your short, selfie video and lift your Quaker voice for the environment! We have started a new video project, called “What Canst Thou Say?” and we’re asking Friends to send us short (3-minute or less) selfie videos that answer two questions: (1) What is…

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  • QEW-led Earthcare Coalition seeks your help

    The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it…

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  • QEW’s Work at the United Nations

    Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) has been a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations since 1999, holding four UN agency accreditations. They are: Accreditation #1 General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Accreditation #2 Associate Status with the Department of Public Information (DPI) Accreditation #3 Observer Status…

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  • Resources

    Resources Learn more! In addition to these online resources, you can order two films for screening and discussion at a discount from QEW. Order Quaker directed, award winning film Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change and 350.org’s film Do The Math ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND CONDITIONS Carbon Tracker Institute …

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  • Quaker Affiliated Colleges and Schools

    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…

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  • Beyond Divestment to Reinvestment

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  • Divestment FAQ (Dead Links)

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  • Statement to ECOSOC on Science, Technology, and Innovation

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  • QEW Statement on the Doctrine of Discovery

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