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Speak Out

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.

In this Section

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.

Public Banking, Divine Vocations, and Fertile Ground

Councilman Derek Green (right),a public banking advocate, addresses local lobbyists at Philadelphia City Hall on Lobby Day (Rita in blue and Pamela in teal). Photo: Stanley Shapiro.

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.

The quarterly journal of Quaker Earthcare Witness.

QEW United Nations Working Group

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Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW) has been a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations since 1999, holding four UN agency accreditations with the mission of bringing a spirit-led Quaker voice to UN deliberations on the environment. This page is an education hub for partners and friends who want to engage in, and learn about, the UN Working Group's work. Please visit and share the pages below. 

Please take a moment to visit the Earthcare Coalition's webpage too.

Statement on March 15 Climate Strike

Quaker Earthcare Witness applauds students who are striking today, March 15, calling on all of us to take significant action on climate change. These students say, "We may be skipping school but we are not failing school, adults are both skipping the planet and failing their future and ours." It is time to listen to our scientists, our activists and our youth, and commit to restoring the planet for these youth who are marching and for all life inhabiting our Earth.