Category: Timely

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Host a film festival on Energy Options

    One excellent approach to sharing both the concern for our future and the tremendous potential for renewable energy is to host a film and discussion series. Below we have listed a number of options to consider. SHORT VIDEOS ON THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION Palo Alto: http://www.go100percent.org/cms/index.php?id=25#c943…

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  • 100% Renewable Energy Resources

    An excellent bibliography on 100% Renewable topics can be found here: http://www.go100percent.org/cms/index.php?id=57   Check back soon! We’ll be adding to this list. If you have resources you’d like to suggest, email them to hayley[at]quakerearthcare.org.

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  • We’ve switched to 100% renewable energy!

    Friends Meetings and other Friends Institutions are moving toward climate-safe energy! Let us know when you switch so we can add you to the list. And let your community know by posting this poster in your meeting and this lawn sign outside your Meeting.

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  • Books and Websites for Pollinator Gardens and Larger Native Plantings

    Darke, R. and D. Tallamy.  June 2014.  The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden. Portland OR: Timber Press Holm H. 2014. Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants.  Minnetonka, MN: Pollination Press LLC Mitchell, R. and H. Zim. 2002. Butterflies and Moths (A…

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  • Learn how 100% renewable looks in practice

    The Solutions Project – We all need to familiarize ourselves with the work of Professor Mark Jacobson of Stanford University. He and his team have done the research to demonstrate that we currently have the technology to transition to 100% renewable. We strongly recommend that you watch this presentation: …

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  • Introduction to Permaculture

    The word “Permaculture” comes from two-word combinations: permanent and agriculture and permanent and culture. It is a design system that could potentially revolutionize what we call civilization. Largely used in homesteading or home and community gardens, rather than in large agricultural acreages, permaculture includes perennial vegetables and fruits, both bush and tree. In regards to culture,…

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  • Planning, Planting, and Managing Your Butterfly and Pollinator Garden

    NATIVE PLANT SELECTION, LAYOUT GUIDELINES, AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR BUTTERFLY AND NATIVE POLLINATOR GARDENS Step 1: Location. Choose an appropriate spot for your garden. Step 2a: Strategies to Create Positive Public Perception Before Planting Consider the public perception of your native garden planting before you begin. Discuss your native garden…

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  • Choosing Native Plants for Pollinators in Your Area

    As Sophie explained in her article, Shrinking or Transforming Your Lawn, it is important to use plants from your native area so that the ecosystem will flourish. The non-profit organization Pollinator Partnership promotes the health of pollinators through conservation, education, and research. You can use the tool on their website…

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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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  • 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…

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  • Practical Permaculture Methods: Start Today!

    Permaculture, as much as possible, is an imitation of nature. Nature does not like bare soil; it is quickly filled up. A permaculture garden, except for paths, is filled chock-full with growing life. Soil is alive and miraculous. Rocks and organic matter decompose with the help of microscopic animals and…

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  • Planning a Permaculture Garden

    Planning a permaculture garden is important; although much learning comes from experimenting with ideas. For instance, I tried planting potatoes in a “hugelkultur,” a pile of small sticks with a lot of compost over them (probably not enough in my case), and the yields were definitely smaller than planting them…

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  • Birds, Plants, and Insects: What They Need

    Today we are discovering new things every day about the relationships between plants and insects and humans. Chickadee babies eat thousands of caterpillars that their hard-working parents bring them.  Around industrial farms, the insects have been killed with pesticides and there aren’t any caterpillars available. Even…

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  • Shrinking or Transforming Your Lawn

    Centuries ago, wealthy landowners in England, with lots of land and lots of sheep, pastured the sheep in front of their mansions and invented the present-day lawn. Eventually, more average people adopted the practice of lawns, not with sheep, but with newly invented lawnmowers. Today, maintaining the lawns around our…

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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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  • 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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