Earthcare2020-09-19T03:16:10-04:00

EARTHCARE COMMITTEE

Members of the Earthcare Committee believe that sustaining the Earth, its resources, and all life upon it is a spiritual, moral, ethical, and social concern. Therefore, the Committee’s mission is:

  1. to strive to raise the awareness of environmental issues within our Meeting and among larger circles of Friends,
  2. to inform Friends about ways to take action regarding environmental concerns and to restore and sustain the Earth,
  3. reducing the Meeting’s carbon consumption (with the AAFM Tri-Committee and Carbon Footprint Reduction Group),
  4. developing programs on environmental injustice, in collaboration with the Meeting’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee and others,
  5. presenting forums and other information to educate the Meeting community on environmental issues including climate change and food security, and
  6. influencing state legislation that promotes decentralized clean energy, clean air and clean water (which has led to the formation of “Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action”).

The committee works with Property Committee to implement conservation practices on Meeting property.

Committee Membership Term: One-year renewable for members and attenders.
Convener: Richard Tucker

Concerns on Carbon Footprint and Climate Change

EARTHCARE COLLABORATIONS & PARTNERSHIPS

The Earthcare Committee collaborates and partners with other Quaker organizations.

  • Michigan Quakers for Environmental Action (MQEA): coordinates a state-wide network of Quakers that lobbies for Michigan legislation on clean energy and water.
  • Quaker Earthcare Witness (QEW): QEW vision statement is: “WE ARE CALLED to live in right relationship with all Creation, recognizing that the entire world is interconnected and is a manifestation of God. WE WORK to integrate into the beliefs and practices of the Religious Society of Friends the Truth that God’s Creation is to be respected, protected, and held in reverence in its own right, and the Truth that human aspirations for peace and justice depend upon restoring the earth’s ecological integrity. WE PROMOTE these Truths by being patterns and examples, by communicating our message, and by providing spiritual and material support to those engaged in the compelling task of transforming our relationship to the earth.” See QEW’s online bi-monthly newsletter, BefriendingCreation for current information.
  • Lake Erie Yearly Meeting (LEYM) Earthcare Committee: The varied work of the LEYM Earthcare Committee is found under the Resources tab of the LEYM website – leym.org. It includes links to other similar committees around the country and internationally.
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Environmental Campaigns (“We Seek an Earth Restored”): The FCNL website has detailed, action-oriented information on national legislation campaigns. See especially its page on environment and energy legislation.
  • Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC): A global Quaker network; see its section on Sustainability, including “Quakers and Climate Change Worldwide.”

RESOURCES ON EARTHCARE & ENVIRONMENT

The Earthcare Committee brings the attention of Friends to the following books, articles, films, publications and other resources that support our work for environment and climate justice, including a section that explores spiritual foundations of the work, from Quaker and other traditions. Additional suggestions are welcome. Please email suggestions to the convener of Earthcare Committee, Richard Tucker, at rptucker17 at gmail.com.

The resources are organized under the following topics:

  1. Spiritual Foundations of Environmental Activism
  2. Environmental Injustice
  3. Youth Climate Action Organizations
  4. Climate Disruption and Climate Action Strategies
  5. Ecologically Viable Economic Transitions
  6. Indigenous Traditions
  7. Faith-based Environmental Action Organizations
  8. Local and Statewide Environmental Action Organizations
  9. Recent Documentary Films

To download the consolidated list of resources in a single document click here. To view the list of resources by topic, click on the heading of the relevant blog post below.

Spiritual Foundations

SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM Quaker Sources Earth Charter: https://earthcharter.org "Earth Charter is a document with sixteen principles that turn conscience into action. It [...]

Environmental Injustice

ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE Article: "Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism",  Somini Sengupta, published in Climate: Fwd newsletter of The New York Times, June 3, [...]

Youth Climate Action

YOUTH-LED ORGANIZATIONS FOR CLIMATE ACTION Sunrise Movement: https://www.sunrisemovement.org "Sunrise is a youth movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the [...]

Action Strategies

CLIMATE DISRUPTION AND CLIMATE ACTION STRATEGIES Book: Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, A Planet to Win: Why We Need [...]

Economic Transitions

ECOLOGICALLY VIABLE ECONOMIC TRANSITIONS Article: "Sooner or later, we have to stop economic growth — and we’ll be better for it", Richard Heinberg, published [...]

Indigenous Traditions

INDIGENOUS TRADITIONS Book: Matthew Fox and others, Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action (Monkfish, 2019). Book: Winona LaDuke, [...]

Faith Organizations

FAITH-BASED ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION ORGANIZATIONS Green Faith: https://www.greenfaith.org A global coalition of over forty faith-based organizations. "GreenFaith inspires, educates, organizes, and mobilizes people of diverse religious [...]

Local & State Organizations

LOCAL AND STATEWIDE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION ORGANIZATIONS The Ecology Center: https://www.ecocenter.org Founded in 1970, The Ecology Center is an Ann Arbor based center with a half-century [...]

Documentary Films

RECENT DOCUMENTARY FILMS UNBREATHABLE: THE FIGHT FOR HEALTHY AIR (2020) Half of all Americans are impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution. Emerging research [...]