Simplicity and Sustainability

Quakers are concerned about excess and waste in our society. We want to ensure that our use of natural resources is sustainable. We try to live simply and find a place for the things that really matter: the people around us, the natural world, and our experience of stillness. Many Quakers are very active in campaigns to prevent climate change and global warming.

Here, in Wales, we are members of the campaign which is working towards meeting COP26 and beyond, and many of our regional meetings have groups concerned with environmental and sustainability issues.

We are led by the spirit to recognise the unity of all creation . Historically Friends have witnessed to the sanctity of life in all its forms, as expressed by John Woolman in 1772; “The produce of the earth is a gift from our gracious creator to the inhabitants, and to impoverish the earth now to support outward greatness appears to be an injury to the succeeding age.”

In 2011, at our Summer Gathering in Canterbury, Friends came together to make the Canterbury Committment, a strong corporate commitment to become a low carbon sustainable community.

Globally we come together in the World Conference of Friends to challenge the worlds dominant economies in the Kabarak Declaration against policies driven by ‘greed not need’.

Through the Quaker United Nations Office, based in Geneva and New York, we bring our concerns on social and environmental matters before the United Nations.

Personally we are supported and challenged in our daily lives by the Green Advices and Queries.