Sustainability

Divestment as Lived Faith

Divestment trifoldFriends who are concerned about effects of climate change are seeking things they can do to make their lives reflect changes they see as crucial to the survival of life on the planet. Divestment from fossil fuels is one action we can take now, and it speaks to our principles, just as refusing to profit from the slave trade—or more recently, from tobacco, alcohol, weapons, prisons, or gambling—reflects our values.

Water Is Life

Life on Earth is not possible without water, but access to clean, fresh water is threatened.

We live on the blue planet; the surface is mostly water.

Humans are mostly (70%) water, and so are all the other living creatures.

Water is the ultimate renewable resource, an essential part of our common resources—the commons.

Access to clean fresh water is a human right, not as some corporations say, a commodity to be sold.

Mindful Living, Mindful Giving

"COMPASSIONATE CONSUMPTION is not about sacrificing or giving up what we need. It is about reawakening to the sacred within and around us and celebrating this awareness in every action—and in every transaction. Our conscious choices change the world."

—Julia Butterfly Hill

WITH every bite, every press of the accelerator, every swipe of the credit card, we leave a large ecological footprint on the face of the world. 

Slowing Down the Speed of Life

Slowing down is a spiritual process, based on reverence for life, ourselves, and each other.

 

LIFE has its own cycles, rhythms, and processes, which need to be honored for maximum benefit, or to prevent disastrous consequences. Gestation, for example, cannot be speeded up. Yet in 21st century America, who has enough time for life, for living?

Peace on Earth, Peace with Earth

 

The Peace Testimony

The Peace Testimony is a principal tenet of the Religious Society of Friends. Friends have always worked to reconcile conflict and relieve the human suffering of war. While this good work must continue, Friends should also be working on measures to forestall future hostilities.

Friends are advised "to live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars."

We must work at prevention. We must eliminate or reduce those situations which lead to conflict.

Friends and Renewable Energy

By the QEW Sustainability: Faith & Action Working Group, 2004. Technical and environmental problems with the current world energy situation, goals for renewable energy, and things we can do to save energy. This pamphlet helps us see how a sustainable energy path is more within our reach than we might have believed.
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