Friends are known for valuing silence, but speaking out on issues of concern is an important part of living our testimonies and modeling right relationship with Earth and with each other. A big part of QEW’s work involves working in harmony with other Quaker organizations, raising our voice on current ecological issues. We work with Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO) and use our accreditation to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) to bring a Quaker voice and witness to international forums such as the United Nations.
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In this section of our site, you can find out more about ways in which QEW speaks out on behalf of the Earth and learn how you add your own voice through our website, social media, forums, meetings, and publications. In this section of our site, you can find out more about ways in which QEW speaks out on behalf of the Earth and learn how you add your own voice through our website, social media, forums, meetings, and publications.
On September 20, 2019, people across America left school and work to demand that leaders take action to address the climate crisis. Organized and led by youth in the Climate Strike Coalition, the demonstrations were the largest climate strike in history with 4,500 locations in 150 countries and an estimated 7 million people participating. Keep an eye out for continuing actions.
THE ECO-JUSTICE Collaborative (EJC) of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting has endorsed an effort in Philadelphia to create a public bank. Similar to credit unions for individuals, a public bank would hold public funds in the city to be directed toward local needs, rather than paying for big banks to manage those funds and invest them wherever the profits are highest.
AS A 15-YEAR OLD QUAKER, I am accustomed to silence. I understand it is not empty; it can hold profound power. I have felt my spirit resonate in the silence of my Quaker community, but silence has recently taken me outside the meetinghouse to the steps of the Maryland State House. This time, I am hoping my silence will open the way for spirit to move others, specifically the legislators who will be considering the Healthy Green Amendment to the Maryland State Constitution.