We are launching a new year-long learning and reflection project to help explore what climate justice really means and what it looks like in practice.

Over the last few years, we have seen a huge upsurge in public awareness that our climate is in crisis. We have also seen many people moved to take action to prevent climate breakdown. There are many ways we can respond to this breakdown – one of which is taking action for climate justice.

Rooting our action in justice is a core part of Quaker work on the climate crisis. We believe in national and worldwide economies operating within ecological limits and upholding the wellbeing, dignity and equality of all. As part of that, we need to understand the root causes of climate breakdown and how it is connected with other forms of injustice.

About the year

    Resource

    What is climate justice?

    First in a series of booklets exploring climate breakdown and how we might respond.

    Overview

    There are many resources from all over the world that explore climate justice – our hope is to carefully curate these into a 'year of learning and spiritual reflection'. If you've ever wondered about what climate justice really means or how to practise it, this year and all the resources we are creating are for you! By joining us in this journey, you will deepen your understanding of climate justice, including learning about:

    • practical examples of climate justice in action;
    • the historical context of climate justice work;
    • how a justice-based approach differs from other approaches to climate action.

    Quakers in Britain and Woodbrooke are partnering to launch the project in July 2022. There are two elements to the project – freely available resources (available on this webpage) and a pay-as-led online course (information and link below).

    Although the year has been designed with British Quakers in mind, we hope people of faith and anyone interested in climate action will join us in using the resources to explore what climate justice is and why it is important.

    Joining the year of learning and spiritual reflection

    Working for climate justice is a collective activity: tending to our relationships with one another, as well as cultivating moments of joy, are at the heart of how we sustain our action! Whether you sign up to join the online course or work through the resources at your own pace, we encourage you to share, discuss and reflect with others in your networks or communities.

    Resources

    Below we share the resources to guide you through the year. Links will be added as these become available to download.

    Available now:

    Upcoming resources:

    • Loss and damage: exploring historical responsibility and reparations [September – October 2022]
    • Climate justice and the new economy [November – December 2022]
    • What happens if we don't focus on justice? [January – March 2023]
    • Living in right relationship with the earth [March – May 2023]
    • How do we act in solidarity and friendship across social justice movements? [May – July 2023]

    About the resources

    A series of booklets exploring topics that will help readers to understand key principles of climate justice and the historical, political and economic forces which shape the climate crisis. There will be six booklets in total and each will be laid out in three main sections: analysis; practical examples; and queries.

    Online Woodbrooke course

    We learn more broadly and more deeply when we learn together. Our concern for climate justice comes out of our faith and our witness is more grounded if it emerges from deep spiritual reflection.

    The online course:

    • enables you to be part of a spiritual community exploring the booklets together;
    • has an online forum where you can share ideas and reflections;
    • offers regular online gatherings (two for each booklet) to engage in collective spiritual reflection of the booklet and explore the issues more deeply;
    • gives you access to a range of online resources and materials, in addition to the booklets.

    The course is pay-as-led. It takes a significant amount of staff time to run a project of this kind, and any amount you are in a position to commit will help us to cover the running costs for the year. We know that not everyone is able to contribute the same amount, and this course is open to everyone regardless of ability to pay.

    You are welcome to join the online course at any point during the year – all previously shared materials will be available for you to catch up if you would like to. Monthly sessions will always link to the latest booklet that has been released. A full timetable can be found on the Woodbrooke online course page below.

    Register to join the online course.