Category: action

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    Beyond Divestment to Reinvestment We take to heart the words of Faith and Practice: “Good stewardship of economic resources consists both in avoidance of those evils and in actions that advance peace, simple living, justice, and a healthy ecosystem.”  We wish to encourage Friends’ institutions to divest from/screen out fossil…

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  • Starting the Climate Change Conversation: First Steps for Friends’ Communities

    Starting the Climate Change Conversation: First Steps for Friends’ Communities FRIENDS AND INVESTING WITH INTEGRITY: STARTING THE CONVERSATION Please join us for this important conversation about how to mitigate climate change. We encourage Friends to bring this conversation to Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly Meetings as well as Friends’…

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  • Divestment as a Strategy of Hope

    Divestment as a Strategy of Hope How does this work? Faith communities who hold investments are being asked to take the first step toward revoking the social license that the fossil fuel companies have so egregiously abused by divesting from the 200 publicly-traded companies that hold the vast majority of…

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  • Is it Time for a Screen for Fossil Fuel Companies? Suggested Queries

    Is it Time for a Screen for Fossil Fuel Companies? Suggested Queries What are Friends being asked to consider? The national campaign for fossil fuel divestment began on college campuses at the end of 2012, loosely coordinated by 350.org. The urgency of the problem of climate change led to the…

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  • Divestment FAQ (Dead Links)

    Divestment FAQ Isn’t it hypocritical to divest of investments in fossil fuel companies on one hand, but keep driving our gas powered cars on the other? Actually, this question goes right to the heart of why many of us have decided to take the step of divestment. First, the point…

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  • A Young Friend appeals to her school on divestment (WIP)

    A Young Friend appeals to her school on divestment Melissa McLaughlin, a Young Friend studying at Westtown School in Pennsylvania, learned of the QEW Epistle sent to Friends schools and was led to write a heartfelt letter asking her school to take the Epistle seriously. Her moving words may…

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  • The Worst Offenders

    The Worst Offenders A list of 200 fossil fuel companies can be found at http://gofossilfree.org/companies/ with thanks to 350.org’s Fossil Free campaign. But we at Fossil Free Friends believe that there are more companies that belong on the list. There are many companies whose only function is to provide…

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  • Global Divestment Day: Epistle from QEW’s Sustainability, Faith, and Action Working Group

    Global Divestment Day: Epistle from QEW’s Sustainability, Faith, and Action Working Group Sophie Quest, Clerk February 13, 2015, Global Divestment Day To Friends Yearly Meetings everywhere, loving greetings. Friends of the Sustainability, Faith, and Action Working Group of Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) came together at Pendle Hill in Wallingford,…

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  • Friends’ History of Investing with Integrity

    Friends’ History of Investing with Integrity Friends groups have a long and proud tradition of ethical investing. As Friends, we have consistently sought congruity of our principles when we consider what types of investments we should hold. We understand that how we use our money and what we choose to…

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  • So You’re Ready to Take Action Against Climate Change

    Josephine Ferorelli created this flow chart—a helpful resource for anyone who doesn’t know where to start. Josephine is the co-founder and co-director of Conceivable Future, a women-led network bringing awareness to the threat climate change poses to reproductive justice, and demanding an end to US fossil fuel subsidies. Click…

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    Finding Peace in Troubled Times

    By Jay O’Hara. ON CHRISTMAS EVE I went out with my in-laws to church service in upstate New York. The big crowd gathered in the chapel on the campus of Cornell University, and the minister hit all the right notes for this presumably liberal crowd: alluding to the occupant of…

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    A Fight for The Yintah

    By Daniel Kirkpatrick. THE THIRTY OF US STOOD in a quiet circle in the gravel on a sunny, cool morning. Wood smoke rose toward the sky from the adjacent lodge, and boreal forests surrounded the clearing. A First Nations elder, Lht’at’en, spoke in her Wet’suwet’en dialect, offering a prayer before…

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    To Address Climate Disruption, Start Here.

    Concrete Steps from Quaker Earthcare Witness’ Sustainability, Faith & Action Working Group Many of these suggestions are based on the work of Paul Hawken and his team of scientists in their book DRAWDOWN and their website, www.drawdown.org. ENERGY Individual/Meeting:  Install solar panels; buy 100% clean and renewable electricity wherever…

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  • Paddle to the Future

    By Shelley Tanenbaum, QEW General Secretary. You’ve probably heard that saying, “Up a creek without a paddle.” Just a few years ago, when it came to climate change, we were all up a dead-end creek in a leaky little boat without a paddle. Post-Paris and the “historic” Agreement, where are…

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  • Australian Quakers move funds from the “big four” banks

    [January 14, 2015] More than 200 Australian Quakers, gathered for their Yearly Meeting in Melbourne last week, expressed support for Global Divestment Day on 14 February, and encouraged individual members and meetings to move funds from investments that damage the Earth. The national body of Quakers in Australia intends to…

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