Friends 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.
Friends Are Concerned
Along with other peoples and nations, Friends are very concerned about climate change. The urgency of needed action is expressed in the 2013 Fifth Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change:
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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.
"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.
A Five-Star Rating System
From Canadian Yearly Meeting's Quaker Ecology-Action Network
IS YOUR Meeting House or place of worship an eco-Friendly place which inspires reverence for all Creation? Try this quiz as a starting point to address sustainability and outreach issues inherent in the concept of designated buildings for meeting for worship.
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?
Mindful earning, spending, giving, and investing can lower our ecological footprints and promote peace and social justice. But going beyond our personal relationship with money:
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by Tom Small
FOR SOME TIME NOW, my house has been becoming more transparent. I can see across it, sometimes almost through it. There's a little more clarity. More space.
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.
Practicing Sustainability—What Does It Mean for Friends?
Differing ideas about the meaning of sustainability