Quakers advocate for just economics systems that sustain people and the planet.

We face interconnected challenges: extreme inequality and environmental destruction. Both are caused by an economic system founded on exploitation of people and of the earth.

Quakers in Britain are working to challenge this system and advocate for economic values rooted in equality, justice and sustainability.

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Climate justice: a Quaker view leaflet

What is climate justice and what does it have to do with Quakers? View this leaflet online.

Climate justice

People who have benefited the least from the fossil fuel era are now suffering the most from the impacts of climate breakdown. They are overwhelmingly poor people, particularly women and people of colour. These people have also been marginalised through economic exploitation and racism throughout history.

Working against this inequality is climate justice.

Economic and political decision makers, including in the UK, are failing to take sufficient action on the climate crisis, and are not placing people and justice at the heart of their decision-making. They are also choosing to continue our dependence on extractive and high-emissions industries. Find out about our current climate justice work.

A green and just recovery

Quakers in Britain are urgently calling on the British government to legislate for a green and just recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. This campaign is called Build Back Better (offsite link) and is jointly held with coalition organisations, including Friends of the Earth and the New Economics Foundation.

We also work with the COP26 Coalition and Faith for the Climate network, campaigning for a global transition beyond fossil fuels. To be just, this global shift away from fossil fuels must prioritise the rights and voices of people facing the worst impacts of climate breakdown. Find out more about our work on a green, fair and global post-pandemic recovery.

Supporting Quaker activism

Quakers across Britain are taking climate action at local level and advocating for change. As an organisation, we support their activism. This ranges from divesting from fossil fuels, to taking direct action, to lobbying local decisionmakers.

Our support for Quaker activists in many forms, such as workshops for young Quakers, coordinating Quaker involvement in national campaigns, and supporting Quaker demonstrations. Learn more about the spiritual roots of Quaker climate activism, and how to get involved.

Climate & economic justice resources

Quakers in Britain have developed a broad library of resources that support Quakers with their work on creating a green and just new economy.

Featured blog

6 principles for a green and just recovery

10 September 2020 by Olivia Hanks

We need to come together to ensure that climate justice is central to the post-Covid future of our economy, says Olivia Hanks.

Contact us

Olivia Hanks

020 7663 1037
oliviah@quaker.org.uk