August 8, 2011

Quakers commit to low carbon future


by Jan Harris

Britain’s Quakers committed to becoming a low-carbon, sustainable community at their annual Yearly Meeting at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

The movement is drawing up an action plan and members will offer each other support in helping to achieve this aim.

In a statement the movement said: “We can no longer ignore the fact that our planet is finite.

“We have not only inherited the earth from our ancestors: we have borrowed it from our children and from their children.”

The decision is based on the Quakers’ ongoing efforts to create a peaceful and more equal world and an understanding that the environmental crisis cannot be separated from global economic injustice.

At the Yearly Meeting, the movement also decided to press the government on consumer capitalism and to push for policies that safeguard both people and the planet.

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