Some of this page has been taken from the Quaker website (www.quaker.org.uk) and explains why local Quakers felt led to help organise the No Faith in Fracking Week.
A commitment to the ‘unity of creation’ has always been part of Quaker faith. Early Quakers knew that to damage the earth just for human ‘outward greatness’ would be an injustice on future generations.
In 2011 Quakers in Britain made a corporate commitment called ‘The Canterbury Commitment’ to become a low-carbon, sustainable community and we support each other to live out this commitment. We campaign for climate and energy justice, and to build a fairer economy which is not powered by fossil fuels.
Quakers are calling for climate justice. We want justice for those who have been unequally impacted by climate change and global climate action that builds an energy and economic system that has equality, justice and sustainability at heart.
Quakers call for a ban on shale gas fracking and all forms of intensive fossil fuel extraction in the UK. They said, “The UK needs to be investing in efficient and renewable energy, and reducing demand, not in additional fossil fuels. Fracked gas is not the low-carbon solution some suggest that it is and is incompatible with tackling the climate crisis. It is destructive of the environment, land and communities.”
Fossil fuel divestment
We support Quakers to build the alternative energy and economic system, in which everyone has access to clean and affordable energy. We challenge the powers – like the fossil fuel industry – that block this change, and advocate to government for policies towards our vision.
Quakers in Britain were the first church in Britain to divest our centrally held money from fossil fuels. Local and area meetings are now doing the same. By divesting we help to question the morality of the fossil fuel industry, and challenge its power.
We support each other to transform our lives to become low-carbon and sustainable, and to act in local community to do the same.
From Quaker, Faith & Practice
21.24: All our senses are given to us to enjoy, and to praise God. The smell of the sea, of the blossom borne on the wind, of the soft flesh of a little baby; the taste of a ripe plum or bread fresh from the oven, the feel of warm cat’s fur, or the body of a lover – these are all forms of thanksgiving prayer. I am sure that it is as wrong to fail to delight in our bodies as it is to misuse them through excess. Not to be a glutton does not mean that we may not delight in good food: not to be ruled by lust does not mean that we must not enjoy the exquisite pleasures of sex: not to be slothful does not mean that we must never lie in the sun, not doing, just being. When Jesus said, ‘I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’, I do not think He was speaking only of spiritual life – I think He meant us to have positive delight in all the good things in this wonderful world which his Father created.
Bella Bown, c 1980
21.17: True Godliness don’t turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it, and excites their endeavours to mend it: not hide their candle under a bushel, but set it upon a table in a candlestick.
William Penn, 1682
Advices & queries #41. We do not own the world, and its riches are not ours to dispose of at will. Show a loving consideration for all creatures, and seek to maintain the beauty and variety of the world. Work to ensure that our increasing power over nature is used responsibly, with reverence for life. Rejoice in the splendour of God’s continuing creation.
Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one.
George Fox, 1656